Buried Treasure

film no. 47


technical details:

Production K-5.

Filmed October 1 to 19, 1925. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted January 23, 1926, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU22293. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Released February 14, 1926. It was the 47th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Buried Treasure".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1002, "Treasure Hunt," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17307.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Probably credited in the film as a presenter.
Supervised by F. Richard Jones
Credited in the film as supervising director.
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
This credit 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 appears in the film.
Edited by Richard Currier
This credit appears in the film.
Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film.
Props by Charles Oelze, Ernest Tucker and Don Sandstrom
This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period. Sandstrom's name reappears in the payroll summaries the week ending Oct. 10th.
Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit 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
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
possible uncredited involvement
writing - Robert F. McGowan, Carl Harbaugh, Hal Yates, Frank Terry and James Parrott may have been among the gag writers.

the kids:

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. He gets quite a bit of footage frolicking with the chimp. He's described as an "able bodied seaman," implying that he's male.
Johnny Downs as "Johnnie"
Featured role. He's the rich kid that joins the gang on their treasure hunt.
Jay R. Smith as "Specks"
Supporting role. Or more specifically, 'Admiral "Specks".' He's given some footage fishing with Pal.
Mickey Daniels
Supporting role. He's the captain of the gang's boat.
Joe Cobb
Supporting role. The natives are particularly interested in eating him.
Mary Kornman
Supporting role. She saves the day by discovering the fireworks.
Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble work in this film.
other boys
Bit parts. Among the natives are two black boys that get bonked on the head by the gang.

the animals:

Pal
Supporting role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He appears to be Jay's dog, and catches cats instead of fish.
Buster
Supporting role. This is the other dog that joins the gang. Later played "Magnolia" in "Thundering Fleas" (no. 51).
other animals
Featured role and bit parts.
(1.) The chimpanzee that plays with Farina and is given quite a lot of footage. Not a baboon, as Maltin & Bann describe him.
(2.) The black cat caught by Pal.
(3.) The cat on board the gang's boat.

the adults:

Lyle Tayo as Johnnie's mom
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. She's not shown in this print.
Charlie Hall as the man in the gorilla suit
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. There are a few people dressed as gorillas, but the one shown with the head removed looks like Hall.
Jack Roach as the man in the lion suit
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. His face is shown, but I haven't seen any photos of him to verify.
Florence Hoskins as Farina's mother
Small part. She arrives with the other parents towards the end of the film and mistakes the chimp for Farina.
Dorothy Vernon as another mother
Bit part. She's shown towards the end of the film as the parents arrive at the island.
other adults
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) "'Cap' Tuttle," the kindly old man with the treasure map.
(2.) The stunt double for Florence Hoskins.
(3.) Johnnie's dad, who discourages him from reading Treasure Island.
(4.) The friend of Johnnie's dad, who finds the situation amusing.
(5.) The man steering Johnnie's dad's boat.
(6.) There are scores of adults doing location shooting on the island, most of whom are black men playing natives. A few others make up the crew, and some others are dressed as apes, and one dressed as a bear. One of the men might be Sammy Brooks.

the locations:

U. S. S. Catalina
A press photograph reveals that the gang was aboard this boat of the Wrigley line during the filming of this short. While it doesn't verify that the boat was one of the ones used in the film, it does support the idea that the island scenes were shot on Catalina Island, which was also the subject of the brochure that Cap Tuttle has with the map on it.

miscellaneous:

16 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Nearly two weeks after the finish date for "Good Cheer" (no. 46), the 'start' date arrived for "Buried Treasure" on Oct. 1st. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Oct. 19th. No shooting took place on Oct. 4th, 11th or 18th, which were all Sundays. After this, a week and a half passed before shooting began for "Monkey Business" (no. 48).

Johnny is reading a copy of Treasure Island.

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


availability:

Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 1 (VHS) from Video Classics and
Our Gang Comedies I (VHS) from The Picture Palace
This copy is a TV print from the Mischief Makers series, with the opening and ending titles replaced by new ones from Video Classics. The inter-titles have been removed. The print totals 15:16, with 14:34 of it original footage. Roughly three quarters of the original film is included.
Our Gang (CD-ROM) from Rom-Man Technologies
Copyright 1994 by Onscreen Entertainment, Inc. This print has a generic opening title from Mogull's Film Library and a generic end title, but the crew credits and inter-titles are included. Since it's a CD-ROM, there are fewer frames per second, and the resolution is limited, but the picture quality is fairly good. The film ends abruptly, cutting some footage at the end, but there is also footage at the beginning that's missing from the TV print. The initials "RMT" are superimposed in the righthand corner. The print totals 16:42, with 16:32 of it original footage. Roughly three quarters of the original film is included. Viewing this version along with the Video Classics version will achieve almost the entire original 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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