Filmed July 30, to August 4, 1925. It's likely that unused footage from "Your Own Back Yard" (no.
44) went into this film. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
On July 30 and August 1, 1925, photographer Len Powers shot the live-action footage of the Pathé rooster shown
at the end of the films released over the next couple of years.
Copyrighted November 6, 1925, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU21978. Since the copyright was not
renewed, this film is now in the public domain.
Released December 6, 1925. It was the 45th film in the series to be released.
Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "One Wild
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1012, "Runaway Taxi," copyrighted Sep. 1,
1960, with registration number LP17317.
- Produced by Hal Roach
- Probably credited in the film as a presenter.
- Supervised by F. Richard Jones
- Probably credited in the film as supervising director.
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit probably appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- Assistant Director: Robert A. McGowan
- Later credited as Anthony Mack. This credit derives from his payroll status as an 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.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Props by Charles Oelze and Ernest Tucker
- This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period.
- Music Compiled by James C. Bradford
- This according to the Thematic Music Cue Sheet that accompanied the pressbook for this film.
- Story by Hal E. Roach
- This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.
- Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
- He was Pal's trainer.
- 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
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- school teacher - Fern Carter was probably away
from the studio while this film was being made, though the payroll summaries reveal that she was receiving her salary
during this period.
- possible uncredited involvement
- writing - According to the pressbook for this film, Robert F. McGowan was in charge of developing the stories
during this period, suggesting that Roach's credit, as shown above, was somewhat honorary. Carl Harbaugh,
Hal Yates, Frank Terry and James Parrott
may have been among the gag writers.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Lead role. He's essentially the star of the film. The gang leaves him out of their activities, so he
ends up taking their taxi.
- Mickey Daniels as "Mickey"
- Featured role. His mother makes him do chores, but he soons join the other boys for a ride.
- Mary Kornman as "Mary"
- Featured role. Her situation is essentially repeated from "Mary, Queen Of Tots" (no.
41). She switches dresses with the other girl so she can ride along with the gang.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Supporting role. He's left having to take care of his baby brother, but uses some ingenuity to get
out of it and join the gang.
- Johnny Downs as "Johnnie"
- Supporting role. He's the one with the taxi service.
- Jackie Condon as "Jackie"
- Supporting role. He assists Johnny with his taxi service.
- Jackie "Husky" Hanes as "Bellingham"
- Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann, but it looks like him. He's Joe's little brother.
- other kids
- Small part and extras.
- (1.) The first girl to take a ride on the taxi, who then switches dresses with Mary.
- (2.) At least twelve kids watching the monkey perform. About six or seven are boys.
- horse 014 as "Evangeline"
- Supporting role. This is the white horse that pushes the taxi. Presumably the same horse from "Dogs
Of War!" (no. 14).
- Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's Mary's dog.
- parrot 008
- Small part. Presumably the same parrot seen previously, he rides along with Farina.
- monkey 004
- Small part. Presumably the same monkey seen previously, he rides along with Farina.
- other animals
- Bit parts.
- (1.) The dog that fights with the bear cub.
- (2.) The bear cub.
- (3.) The horse pulling the watermelon cart.
- (4.) Several chickens eat the seeds out of the ground while Mickey sleeps. Later, Farina drives through a whole
bunch of chickens.
- Richard Daniels as the horse owner
- Bit part. He appears briefly retrieving his horse from the kids.
- Al Hallet as the man with the bird cage
- Bit part. He almost gets run over, and also loses his parrot.
- Ed Brandenberg as the sprinter
- Bit part. He's shown running from the car from Farina's point of view.
- Fay Holderness as the governess
- Bit part. Presumably a governess, since she appears to be repeating her role from "Mary, Queen Of
Tots" (no. 41).
- Dorothy Vernon as Mickey's mom
- Bit part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. Looks like her to me. She's a bit of a slave driver.
- F. F. Guenste as the butler
- Bit part. He's Mary's butler and is basically repeating his role from "High Society"
- other adults
- Bit part and extras.
- (1.) The driver of the truck that Farina hitches the taxi onto. He's barely seen getting out of his truck.
- (2.) The man with the watermelon wagon.
- (3.) The man with the monkey.
- (4.) Two bike riders who almost get hit by the taxi.
- (5.) Numerous other drivers.
- The pressbook for this film includes a Thematic Music Cue Sheet, which provided the opening melodies for
11 musical cues comprising 10 pieces of music, one of which is repeated.
- "Aurora" by J. Louis Von der Mehden
- Published in 1910. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece 'at screening,' which
presumably means at the start of the film, and continue for 2 minutes.
- "Lazy" by Irving Berlin
- Published in 1924. Al Jolson had a number 4 hit with this song the same year. The cue sheet gives the
instruction to begin this piece at the title that introduces Mickey, and continue for 1 minute.
- "He's Me Pal" by Gus Edwards
- Published in 1905, with words by Vincent P. Bryan. J. W. Myers had a number 7 hit with this song the same
year. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the title that introduces Joe, and continue for 1 1/2
- "Poupée Valsante" by Eduard Poldini
- Written in 1904. Cue sheet version published in 1908. Also known as "Waltzing Doll" and
"Dancing Doll." The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point where Joe ties the rope to
the pump handle, and continue for 1/2 minute.
- "The Birds And The Brook" by Robert Morrison Stults
- Written in 1903. Cue sheet version published in 1923. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this
piece at the point when the 'friends ride up,' and continue for 1 minute. However, one minute is not enough to
cover the footage up to the next cue, and the previous cue would be just a few seconds rather than the half minute it
- "Mary's A Grand Old Name" by George M. Cohan
- First published in 1905. Cue sheet version published in 1924. The cue sheet gives the instruction to
begin this piece at the title that introduces Mary, and continue for 1 1/4 minutes.
- "Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here" by Theodore F. Morse
- Published in 1917, with lyrics by D. A. Estron and Theodora Morse. The melody derives from a song from
"Pirates Of Penzance" written by Arthur Sullivan. Specifically, it's part of "With Cat-Like
Tread" from Act II, which itself was based on "Anvil Chorus." Cue sheet version published in 1918, with
songwriting credit going to somebody named Lake. Irving Kaufman and the Columbia Quartet had a number one hit with this
song in 1918. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point when the car stops in front of
Mary's house, and continue for 1 1/2 minutes.
- "Western Allegro" by Edward Falck
- Published in 1918. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point when the car
starts again, and continue for 3 3/4 minutes. The cue sheet also gives the instruction for a 'rattling effect' as
the car is racing.
- "Stay In Your Own Back Yard" by Lyn Udall
- Written in 1899 with lyrics by Karl Kennett. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at
the title where Farina says 'Us want a ride,' and continue for 1 1/4 minutes. After Farina's wild ride,
this piece is supposed to be reprised at the title that reads 'same old story,' and continue for 3/4 minute to
the end of the film.
- "Western Allegro" by Hugo Riesenfeld
- Published in 1918. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point when Farina
hitches the taxi to the truck, and continue for 4 minutes. It also adds the following note regarding sound effects:
'Fast racing Ford, hits man with gold fish, glass crash, chicken squawk; catch remarks of parrot, T. "One
Cigar," T. "Two Cigars," chicken squawk again; crash as he hits truck.'
- Mentone Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- Mickey does his gardening in the backyard of a property on Mentone. Seen in the background is the vacant
lot on the southwest corner of Motor and Woodbine, as well as buildings on the opposite side of Motor.
- Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- Farina's wild ride takes him south on the 3300 block of this street, with very brief, and tilted,
views of the Sanitary Market at 3343 Motor, the Arthur Boetsch Barber Shop at 3347 Motor, the Palms
Hardware Co. at 3351 Motor, and the house at 3359 Motor. We also see a bit of the east side of the 3400 block,
including the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor.
- Overland Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- It's pretty clear that the truck pulls Farina's car up the hill on Overland Avenue that begins
at Featherstone Avenue (now Rose Avenue). After clearing the top of the hill, Farina breaks loose and goes
downhill towards the north and makes a right turn on National Boulevard, where a little business selling oil is situated
on the southeast corner.
- Hyperion-Childs Market
- This is one of the businesses Farina races past.
- oil rigs
- One of the areas Farina races through has a number of oil rigs, suggesting that perhaps it was the same
area used for "The Smile Wins" (no. 66).
- At one point, the taxi goes by a large house that was later seen in the bullfighting sequence in
"Ten Years Old" (no. 58).
Reportedly, only four shooting dates went into the making of this film. The previous film, "Your Own Back
Yard" (no. 44) used up more time than usual for an Our Gang film, and it seems likely that unused footage
from that production served as the basis for "One Wild Ride." The day after the earlier film was completed,
filming for "One Wild Ride" began on July 30th. It continued until Aug. 4th, when it was considered
'finished.' No shooting took place on Aug. 2nd, which was a Sunday, nor on July 31st. For this latter date, the
1925 datebook indicates that the Our Gang unit was involved with something called "Movie Parade." No production
number or director is given, so this might not have been a film project. However, it's possible that it explains the
existence of the mysterious little film known variously as "Our Gang At Home" and "More Mischief."
After shooting finished for "One Wild Ride," four weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting
"Good Cheer" (no. 46). The studio was closed during two of these weeks.
It's possible that unused footage from "Mary, Queen Of Tots" (no. 41) may also have gone into
this film, which would explain the brief appearance of the governess and the butler. New footage showing Mary switching
dresses with another girl would then iron out the inconsistencies.
35 still images were printed into numerous press photos to promote this film.
- Kid Gangs And Juvenile Stars (DVD) from
Looser Than Loose Publishing
- Released 2007. This version includes most of the film, but is missing some of the earlier footage seen in
the Video Classics version. The inter-titles are remade, but appear to retain the original wording. The picture is
fairly poor, with the center portions of the picture being notably darker than the outer portions. The LTL company logo
occasionally appears in the lower left hand corner. The print totals 14:23, with about 12:15 of it original.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 2 (VHS) from
Video Classics and
- Our Gang Comedies II
(VHS) from The Picture Palace
- This is a home movie print by Laff-Movie Inc., in New York, entitled "Gimme A Ride." The
inter-titles are remade, but the wording seems to be original. The print totals 13:00, with 10:29 of it
original footage. Ignoring the inter-titles, roughly two-thirds of the original film is included. Most of
what's missing is from the last part of the film.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 9 (VHS)
- This film is mistakenly listed in the ad for this volume, but does not appear on the tape. Instead,
"Tire Trouble" (no. 22) is included.
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