Monkey Business

film no. 48


availability:

Laurel and Hardy and Friends - Volume Ten (VHS) from Hal Roach Studios
Released June 1, 1999. This print has an original opening title, no crew credits, and a non-original end title followed by a Pathécomedy title card. At least two inter-titles are missing from this print. The picture quality is good. The print totals 24:35, with 24:31 of it original footage. Almost the entire original film is included.

Kid Gangs And Juvenile Stars (DVD) from Looser Than Loose Publishing
Released 2007. This print compares to the one on the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" VHS, and totals 19:39.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 2 (VHS) from Video Classics and
Our Gang Comedies II (VHS) from The Picture Palace
This print is identical to the one from the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" release. A version of this film has appeared numerous times on bootlegs, and probably derives from the Video Classics release.

Rascals Silents Vol. 1 (VHS) from A-1 Video
This copy derives from the same source as the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" print, but less of the picture frame is shown. The print totals 18:29, with 18:26 of it original footage.

Hail...Hail - "Our Gang's" All Here (VHS) from Video Yesteryear
Released 1987. This copy is a TV print from Those Lovable Scallawags With Their Gangs entitled "Monkey Business." This print includes at least two inter-titles that are not in the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" version. The print totals 16:00, with 15:33 of it original footage. Since the print is projected at a slower speed, this represents only about two-thirds of the original film.

Our Gang Comedies (3 LD set) from MGM/UA Home Video
Released 1994. This version is essentially the same as the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" print. The footage totals 24:36.

A Festival Of Silent Comedy Volume Four (DVD) from Reelclassicdvd.com
This version is comparable to the Video Classics version, and is missing the same small amount of footage. The footage totals 24:12.

The Our Gang Collection - Volume 1 (DVD) from Reelclassicdvd.com
Released Feb. 2007. Previously released on "A Festival Of Silent Comedy Volume Four."

Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 4 (VHS) from HenryButch
This print is identical to the A-1 Video version.

Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 5 (VHS) from HenryButch
This copy derives from the MGM/UA laserdisc.

The Our Gang Story (VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
VHS released 1994. DVD released May 21, 2002. Also included as part of Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD set), released Mar. 21, 2001, Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack (5 VHS/DVD set), released Feb. 2002 (VHS) and Mar. 2004 (DVD), and The Best Of Our Gang Volume 1 (DVD) released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 0:38 is included, combining footage of Farina getting beaten up by the gang, with his meeting with the chimp and the subsequent beating of Farina's father, with narration added.


technical details:

Production K-6.

Filmed October 30 to November 18, 1925. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted February 6, 1926, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU22369. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Released March 21, 1926. It was the 48th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

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

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1054, "Farina's Friend," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17359. Recopyrighted Apr. 15, 1961, with registration number LP19562.


the crew:

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.

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.

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:

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Lead role. He's essentially the star among the kids, but takes a back seat to the chimp.

Mickey Daniels
Supporting role. As usual, he's the leader of the gang, and the one who gets beaten up by the chimp.

Joe Cobb
Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting in this short.

Johnny Downs
Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting in this short.

Mary Kornman
Supporting role. She mostly does ensemble acting in this short.

Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting in this short.

Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He entirely does ensemble acting in this short.

Jannie Hoskins as "Mango"
Small part. She's shown at Farina's home.

boy 032
Bit part. This is the blonde boy with the penny.

other kids
Bit parts and extras. One other boy shows up with the blonde boy. Later, when the gang has their tent set up, there are a handful of other kids there, including at least one girl.


the animals:

Pal
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's seen with the gang.

other animals
Lead role, supporting role and extras.
(1.) "Akka" the chimpanzee, who is the star of the film. I'm quite sure that this isn't the same chimp from "Buried Treasure" (no. 47).
(2.) The chimp seen boxing with Akka in the first scene.
(3.) The goat seen in Farina's yard.
(4.) Two geese and a duck shown in Farina's yard.
(5.) A dog shown far into the background walking in front of the building on the northeast corner of Motor and Woodbine.
(6.) At least one chicken behind the fence where the gang is hanging out.


the adults:

Robert A. McGowan as the first police officer
Supporting role. Later credited as Anthony Mack. This is the cop that first warns the kids about the responsibility of keeping a chimp, then appears later with the other cops.

woman 044 as Farina's mom
Small part. It's hard to tell, but I'll assume this is the same woman from "Your Own Back Yard" (no. 44) based on the way she's dressed.

Harry Bowen as the man repairing the auto
Small part. The chimp tears his car apart while he's away.

William Gillespie as one of the police officers
Small part. He's the one who gets beaten up by the chimp.

Charlie Hall as the balloon vendor
Bit part. He doesn't notice that his balloons are missing.

Allen Cavan as the man watering his lawn
Bit part. The chimp puts a kink in his hose, causing him to spray himself.

Charles A. Bachman as one of the police officers
Bit part. He shows up in the patrol wagon.

Ed Brandenberg as the driver of the patrol wagon
Bit part. The chimp pushes him out of the wagon and drives off with the kids in back.

other adults
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The man training the chimps at the start of the film.
(2.) Farina's father, who gets beaten by his wife, and then by the chimp.
(3.) The fruit vendor, whose cart is overturned by the chimp.
(4.) The proprietor of the pawn shop, where the chimp steals some guns.
(5.) The cop present with Robert A. McGowan before the wagon arrives.
(6.) The man lighting his cigarette.
(7.) The woman who summons the cop.
(8.) The trainer's assistant.
(9.) The construction worker who gets the hydrant turned on him.
(10.) The man tying his shoe.
(11.) The man and woman walking down the sidewalk.
(12.) Various construction workers at the end of the film.


the locations:

Hal Roach Studios, Culver City
Much of the chimp-on-a-rampage footage was shot here on the New York exterior set.

Farina's house
This unknown location also served as Farina's home in "Your Own Back Yard" (no. 44).


miscellaneous:

17 shooting dates went into the making of this film. About a week and a half after shooting finished for "Buried Treasure" (no. 47), the 'start' date for "Monkey Business" arrived on Oct. 30th. Shooting continued until Nov. 18th, when it was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Nov. 1st, 8th or 15th, which were all Sundays. After this, two and a half weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting "Baby Clothes" (no. 49).

There were 38 copies of this film printed for its initial release.

In the TV print, the calendar on the kitchen wall can almost be made out to say January. If the days of the week run Monday through Sunday, then this works, but if it's the traditional Sunday through Saturday, then it's more likely to be October 1925.


©Feb. 19, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/26, 2/27, 3/16, 4/25, 4/27, 5/7, 5/14, 12/15.
2006 updates: 1/2, 1/3, 1/9, 1/16, 2/11 2/20, 5/16, 6/12, 9/14, 10/25.
2007 updates: 2/27, 4/1, 10/17, 10/22, 11/25.
2008 updates: 2/3, 2/21, 3/31, 7/6.
2009 updates: 5/23, 6/1, 6/8, 6/9, 6/11, 6/19, 7/23.


Thanks to Rob Stone, Joe Moore, Robin Cook, Mark Brumfield and Lynn Paden for assistance on this page.


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