The Love Bug

film no. 37


technical details:

Production A-37.

Filmed December 15 to 31, 1924. Retakes shot January 2 to 10, 1925. However, it's likely that shooting for "Ask Grandma" (no. 38) was included within these dates. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted April 2, 1925, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU21305. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Released April 5, 1925. It was the 37th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "The Love Bug".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1044, "The Beauty Parlor," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17349.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Probably credited in the film as a presenter.
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
This credit probably appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
Assistant Director: Lloyd French
This credit derives from French's payroll status as the Our Gang assistant director during this period.
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.
Props by Charles Oelze and G. D. Abbott
This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period.
Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit probably doesn't appear in the film. Edward Flannigan was listed in the studio payroll summaries as an Our Gang gag man until the week ending Dec. 6th, so he may have contributed gags to this film.
Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Passed by the National Board of Review
Probably indicated in the film.
studio personnel
general manager - Warren Doane
assistant general manager - L. A. French
secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
construction supervisor - C. E. Christensen
laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
publicity director - Garrett Graham
purchasing agent - Clyde Hopkins
still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
transportation director - Bob Davis
possible uncredited involvement
supervision - F. Richard Jones became director-general of the studio after this film was shot, but before it was released.
editing - Credits were in a transition between Thomas J. Crizer and Richard Currier during this period.
writing - Robert F. McGowan, Thomas J. Crizer, Frank Terry and James Parrott may have contributed gags.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been among the animal trainers.

the kids:

Mickey Daniels as "Mickey" aka "Michael"
Featured role. He's the new kid in town, and flirts with Mary, but a misunderstanding makes him want to get rid of his freckles.
Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Featured role. He's in love with Peggy, but she thinks he's too fat, so he uses the weight-reducing machine at the beauty parlor.
Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. One of the girls comments on his hair, so he gets it worked on at the beauty parlor. We also see him in the opening scene with Dorothy.
Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson
Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in the film. He works at the beauty parlor and gets the gang in.
Jackie Condon
Supporting role. We first see him charming a lollypop from Grandma. At the beauty parlor, he's responsible for most of the mayhem.
Mary Kornman
Supporting role. She falls for Mickey and his freckles, but doesn't like freckles on her grapefruit. Mickey thinks she's talking about him.
Peggy Ahern
Supporting role. Listed as Peggy Ahearn by Maltin & Bann. She gets a lollypop from Joe by getting him to close his eyes before letting her dog kiss him.
George "Sonny Boy" Warde
Supporting role. He's part of the group of boys at the beauty parlor, and takes an interest in an air hose.
Dorothy Hughes
Small part. We first see her being picked on by Johnny, then hanging out with the other girls.
Johnny Downs
Small part. He's seen picking on Ivadell, then getting into a fight with Mickey.
Dorothy Morrison
Small part. Farina pays a call on her at the beginning of the film.
Emma Wong
Small part. She's the Asian girl that hangs out with Mary, Peggy and Dorothy.

the animals:

animals
Small parts.
(1.) Peggy's puppy, which kisses Joe for her.
(2.) The mule that pulls Gene's wagon.

the adults:

Florence Lee as "Grandma Thomas"
Supporting role. She's seen off and on during the film, helping the kids however she can.
William Gillespie as the beauty parlor manager
Supporting role. He's the high-strung manager of the parlor, and is given a fairly large role.
Joseph Morrison as the father of Farina's girlfriend
Bit part. He's seen shooing Farina away from his daughter.
Helen Gilmore as the beauty parlor customer
Bit part. She's the old woman who's dissatisfied with the service.
other adults
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The cop shown at the end of the film chasing Grandma and the boys.
(2.) The Chinese man working at the beauty parlor.
(3.) Six women working at the beauty parlor.

the locations:

Motor Avenue and Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
The vacant lot on the southwest corner of this intersection is shown during the escape from the cop, with Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor and the People's Water Company at 3392 Motor being noticeable. At one point, everybody actually runs past the south side of the Masonic Hall, during which we get a glimpse of the back of the Shoe Repairing shop run by J. A. Pryor at 3406 Motor. At the beginning of the film, Farina walks past the Micholithic Mfg. Co. on the east side of the 3300 block of Motor. This building had previously housed the Palms Chamber of Commerce. Joe and Peggy are sitting on the park bench at the northwest corner of Motor and Woodbine. The bench advertises the chamber, which was now on the 3400 block.
Culver Hotel, Culver City
Gene's wagon is parked along Washington Boulevard, with the hotel seen in the background. It appears that he's at or near the eastern corner of Van Beuren Place. The railing for the entrance to the underground walkway can be seen on the opposite side of Washington.
Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles
The cop phones in after arresting the gang at the northwest corner of Venice and Arlington. Next to him is the Co-operative Sheet Metal Shop. Also seen is the Geo. C. Bell Service Station on the northeast corner, at 2575 Venice.

miscellaneous:

Reportedly, 19 shooting dates went into the making of this film. However, the 1924 and 1925 studio datebooks don't mention "Ask Grandma" (no. 38), which is somewhat of a sequel to "The Love Bug." Since most of the films during this period didn't require 19 shooting dates, it's probable that some of the A37 dates actually belong to A38. Nearly three weeks after shooting had finished for "Dog Days" (no. 36), the 'start' date arrived for "The Love Bug" on Dec. 15th. Shooting continued until Dec. 31st, when filming was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on the 14th, 21st or 28th, which were all Sundays, nor on the 24th, 25th, or 26th, when the studio closed over the Christmas holiday, nor on the 30th. After taking a day off on New Year's Day, retakes were shot on Jan. 2nd and 3rd. Filming then continued until Jan. 10th, when it was again considered 'finished'. However, the word 'retakes' is not used for the last week of shooting, further suggesting that "Ask Grandma" may have been in production. No shooting took place on Jan. 4th, which was a Sunday. After this, the unit took a week off before filming "Shootin' Injuns" (no. 39).

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


availability:

Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 8 (VHS) by Video Classics
This copy is a TV print from the Mischief Makers series entitled "The Beauty Parlor." The print totals 12:20, with 12:08 of it original footage. Roughly two-thirds of the original film is included.
Rascals Silents Vol. 2 (VHS) from A-1 Video
This copy is also the TV print, but has a new opening title by A-1.

special note
I've also been able to view a 16mm print of this film from Exclusive Movie Studios, which contains virtually the entire film.

© Robert Demoss.


My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)


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