film no. 49
- Our Gang Volume #12 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and also from
The Picture Palace
- This is a home movie print made by Exclusive Movie Studios, Inc., in Chicago. The print totals 20:57,
with 20:52 of it original footage. Almost the entire original film is included. This version has appeared on numerous
- Our Gang Silent Comedies #2 (VHS) from
Nostalgia Family Video
- This copy is essentially the same as Grapevine's. The print totals 21:00, with 20:56 of it
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 6 (VHS) from
Video Classics and
- Our Gang Comedies VI
(VHS) from The Picture Palace
- This copy is essentially the same as the others, but adds a title card at the end indicating that it was
released by Niles Film Products in South Bend, Indiana. The print totals 25:12, with 25:06 of it original footage.
The longer running time is due to a slower projection speed.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 7 (VHS)
- This copy is identical to Grapevine's.
Filmed December 7 to 20, 1925, and January 11, 1926. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted March 15, 1926, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU22478. Since the copyright was not renewed,
this film is now in the public domain.
Released April 25, 1926. It was the 49th film in the series to be released.
Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Baby
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1020, "The Rich Uncle," copyrighted Sep.
1, 1960, with registration number LP17325.
- 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 and
Harry W. Gerstad
- Maltin & Bann give sole credit to Lloyd, which is probably the way it appeared in the film. However
the weekly payroll summaries reveal that Gerstad worked as a cameraman with the Our Gang unit during the entire week
ending Dec. 19th, and for part of the following week, which means he was probably the photographer from Dec. 14th until
the end of shooting.
- 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
- Probably indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- possible uncredited involvement
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Featured role. He's virtually the star of the film. His mother puts him in baby clothes to keep him
- Mickey Daniels as "Mickey"
- Featured role. He dresses as a girl named "Myrtle" to help with the charade at the
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in this print. He finally dresses as a baby at the end
to join in the action.
- Jackie Condon
- Supporting role. He and Farina manage to get themselves into the hotel, and then Jackie takes Joe's
place as the Weedle baby.
- Johnny Downs
- Supporting role. He's the timid rich boy at the hotel who is smitten with Mickey, er,
- Mary Kornman
- Supporting role. She seems to be Johnny's sister. Mickey flirts with her, but Mary finds this strange
coming from a girl.
- Gabe Saienz
- Bit part. He's the one who gives Joe the black eye at the end of the film.
- Bobby "Bonedust" Young
- Bit part. Maltin & Bann indicate that the "Bonedust" moniker was used, but this doesn't
appear to be so. He's fighting with Joe at the beginning of the film.
- other kids
- Bit parts. The gang steals clothes from two babies, only one of whom is clearly seen.
- Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's with the gang at the beginning of the film, then
arrives at the hotel with Jackie and Farina.
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- Bit part. He's shown at the beginning of the film.
- Bit parts. There are various flies shown during the flyswatting sequence.
- Harry Earles as the midget
- Featured role. Along with Joe, he's virtually the star of the film, playing practical jokes on people
by dressing as a baby.
- William A. Orlamond as "Uncle John"
- Featured role. This is the rich uncle that's expecting to see some children.
- William Gillespie as "Wm. Weedle"
- Supporting role. He and his wife need to produce a couple of kids to keep getting money out of their rich
- Charlotte Mineau as "Mrs. Weedle"
- Supporting role. This is the wife.
- Helen Gilmore as Joe's mom
- Small part. She's shown at the beginning of the film punishing Joe by dressing him as a
- Fay Holderness as the midget's guardian
- Small part. She appears every so often to retrieve the midget.
- Charlie Hall as one of the bellboys
- Small part. He's the one that arranges for Mickey and Joe to take part in the scam.
- Rolfe Sedan as the man telling the joke
- Bit part. Shown briefly with Lee Phelps.
- Lee Phelps as the man listening to the joke
- Bit part. Shown briefly with Rolfe Sedan. The midget gives himself away by getting the
- Martha Sleeper as the "pip"
- Bit part. She gets affectionate with the "baby," but soon finds out he's a
- Ed Brandenberg as one of the bellboys
- Bit part. Mr. Weedle won't give him a tip.
- Stanley "Tiny" Sandford as the hotel detective
- Bit part. He's shown a couple of times in the short, but isn't given too much to do, at least not
in this print.
- other adults
- Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The doorman that won't let Farina and Jackie in, and then has to answer to Pal.
(2.) The cab driver who gets hit on the head with a hammer.
(3.) There are at least two additional bellboys, as well as a handful of other hotel employees.
(4.) There are also scores of hotel guests.
- Hal E. Roach Studios, Culver City
- According to Maltin & Bann, the usual hotel lobby set was used for this film. As with most shorts
made during this time of year, most of the footage is indoors, and no doubt shot at the studio.
- According to Rob Stone's list, the retakes shot on January 11th were done in Palms. The footage of
Joe being dressed as a baby was probably shot there.
14 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Two and a half weeks after shooting finished for "Monkey
Business" (no. 48), the 'start' date arrived for "Baby Clothes" on Dec. 7th. Shooting
continued until Dec. 20th, when it was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Dec. 6th and 13th, which
were both Sundays, but the last day of shooting, the 20th, was a rare working Sunday, no doubt to compensate for the
upcoming Christmas holiday weekend. After three full weeks of inactivity, retakes were shot on Jan. 11th. The very next
day, shooting began for "Uncle Tom's Uncle" (no. 50).
There were 38 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
©Feb. 20, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 4/25, 12/15.
2006 updates: 1/9, 5/16, 6/12, 7/5, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22, 11/5, 11/25.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/31, 4/27, 7/6.
2009 updates: 6/22, 7/19, 7/23.
Thanks to Rob Stone and Joe Moore for assistance on this page.