Dog Days

film no. 36


availability:

The Return Of "Our Gang" (VHS) from Video Yesteryear
Released 1987. This copy is a Film Classic print. The picture quality is fairly good. The print totals 16:40, with 16:32 of it original footage. Barely two-thirds of the original film is included, especially considering that this version is projected at a slower speed.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 6 (VHS) from Video Classics and
Our Gang Comedies VI (VHS) from The Picture Palace
This is a digest print that's mostly original, except for an additional generic end title after the PathéComedy one. The picture quality is fairly poor. The print totals 9:35, with 9:34 of it original footage. Roughly half of the original film is included.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 9 (VHS) from HenryButch
This copy derives from the Video Yesteryear version.


special note
I've also been able to view a home movie version, which seems to contain all of the footage seen in the two versions listed above.


technical details:

Production A-36.

Filmed October 29 to November 5, and November 17 to 24, 1924. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted March 5, 1925, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU21205. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Released March 8, 1925. It was the 36th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Dog Days".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1033, "A Birthday Present," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17338.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Credited in the film as a presenter.

Directed by Robert F. McGowan
This credit probably appears in the film, but without his middle initial.

Photographed by Art Lloyd
This credit derives from Lloyd's payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.

Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit probably appears in the film.

Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.

Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
He was Pal's trainer.

Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Passed by the National Board of Review
As indicated in the film.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement


the kids:

Mickey Daniels
Featured role. Much of the film centers around him and his dog.

Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Featured role. He's also given quite a lot of footage in this one. It's his dog that has puppies at the end of the film.

Mary Kornman as "Mary"
Featured role. She's the rich girl who's rescued by Mickey's dog, and invites the gang to her birthday party.

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Supporting role. He gets a few comedic moments here and there.

Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson
Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting in this short.

Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He's the owner of the third dog in this short, but mostly does ensemble acting.

boy 035 as "Mortimer" aka "Mort"
Small part. He's the baby shown to good effect at the beginning of the film.

Peggy Ahern
Small part. She's one of the rich kids, and is given an invitation by Mary early in the film. Listed as Peggy Ahearn by Maltin & Bann.

Johnny Downs
Small part. He's one of the rich kids, and sits next to Mary at the table.

Ivadell Carter
Small part. She's one of the rich kids, and flirts with Joe. Listed as Wadell Carter by Maltin & Bann. I'm almost certain this is her.

other kids
Bit parts. There are four additional boys and four additional girls at the party. One of the girls resembles "Imogene" from "Stage Fright" (no. 17).


the animals:

Pal
Featured role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's virtually the star of the film, and performs some impressive stunts.

dog 036
Small part. This is Jackie's dog. There seems to be a question of whether he or Pal is the father of the puppies.

other animals
Supporting roles, small parts and bit parts.
(1.) Joe's dog, "Bill." Mickey suggests calling her "Billious." She has a litter of puppies at the end of the film.
(2.) The cat that Pal frames for drinking the baby's milk.
(3.) Mary's pony.
(4.) The horse ridden by Mary's dad.
(5.) Several puppies appearing at the end, but I can't count them, as they're all clustered together.


the adults:

William Gillespie as Mary's dad
Supporting role. He's seen both on the street riding his horse, and in the house at the birthday party.

Lyle Tayo as Mary's mom
Small part. She's seen at the birthday party, and wants the "rough" boys of the gang to leave.

Dorothy Vernon as Mickey's mom
Small part. She's seen at the beginning of the film ordering Mickey to keep an eye on the baby.

Joseph Morrison as the butler
Bit part. He's shown opening the door and letting the gang in.

other adults
Bit parts and extras. A maid and two chauffeurs are also among the cast, as well as a woman walking a dog. There are also a handful of people on the sidewalk in the background of the street scenes.


miscellaneous:

13 shooting dates went into the making of this film. A few days after initial filming had finished for "Circus Fever" (no. 35), the 'start' date for "Dog Days" arrived on Oct. 29th. Shooting continued until Nov. 5th. However, filming was divided between both films on Nov. 1st, and no "Dog Days" shooting took place on Nov. 2nd, which was a Sunday, or on Nov. 4th, which was devoted exclusively to "Circus Fever." After the 5th, shooting was suspended for a week and a half until Nov. 17th, when filming resumed for "Dog Days." This continued until the 'finish' on Nov. 24th. No shooting took place on Sundays. After this, there was a break of nearly three weeks before shooting began on "The Love Bug" (no. 37).

There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.


©Feb. 7, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 3/16, 4/25.
2006 updates: 1/2, 1/9, 2/11, 6/12, 7/5, 10/25.
2007 updates: 2/4, 4/1, 10/22, 11/25.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/31, 7/6.
2009 updates: 6/19, 7/23.
2010 updates: 3/13.


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Mark Brumfield and Ray Frieders for assistance on this page.


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