McGowan was later credited as Anthony Mack. The payroll summaries were listing McGowan as the assistant
director for the Our Gang unit during this period, but were still listing Oelze as a prop man. Rob Stone's list gives
sole credit to Oelze.
This is according to Rob Stone's list. The payroll summaries also credited Oelze as a prop man during
Animation by E. H. Young
This credit derives from Young's payroll status as the studio animator during this period. The
animation in this film involves the hair standing up on the cat's back and the title cards used as Joe's mother
Supporting role. She's the other female lead besides Mary.
Bit part. The one remaining performer is the girl in blackface during the whipping scene.
kids behind the scenes
Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He's basically a stage hand, getting more footage than the other backstage kids.
Supporting role. She's in the loft throwing eggs at the actors.
Bit part. He plays French horn in the orchestra, and also appears at the beginning of the film.
Bit part. He's the blonde boy shown at the beginning of the film.
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. Perhaps he's the piano player.
Bit parts. There are a few other kids working behind the scenes, including a door man and the boy riding
the mule. There's also a cashier who looks like she might be Yvonne Armstrong, as shown in a contemporary
Supporting role. He's the tough kid that tries to break up the show. This was his final appearance in
Bit part. I'm pretty sure this is the Jewish stereotype in the audience.
Bit part. There's a closeup of her laughing when Joe takes the stage without his makeup.
Bit part. He sits next to Gabe. I'm pretty sure this is the same kid from "A Pleasant
Journey" (no. 11).
Extra. He sits behind Gabe.
Bit parts and extras. There are perhaps forty kids in the audience. Maltin & Bann list Bobby
Green among them, but I don't yet know what he looks like.
Maltin & Bann list Scooter Lowry, Bobby Mallon, Jackie Hanes and Billy
Butts, none of whom seem to be in the film.
Small part. This is the dog that crosses the ice with Farina. Appeared as "Magnolia" in
"Thundering Fleas" (no. 51).
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's Joe's dog.
Bit part. The dog from "The Big Town" (no. 34).
Bit part. Appears to be the same dog featured in "One Terrible Day" (no. 4).
Bit part. Presumably the same dachshund that appeared in "Better Movies" (no. 43).
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The goat that plays "Buchanan," who provides the explosion at the end of the film.
(2.) The mule, which Maltin & Bann identify as Dinah, but which seems to me to have larger nostrils.
(3.) The black cat that eats the dove.
(4.) The cat chased by Pal.
(5.) The piglet that plays Elsie.
(6.) The little dog seen backstage.
(7.) A large goose hanging around outside the barn.
(8.) A second piglet.
(9.) At least four chickens.
(10.) At least one pigeon serving as the dove.
(11.) A second goose hanging around with the large goose.
woman 016 as Joe's mom
Supporting role. She appears repeatedly to wash Joe's face and put him to work.
Bit part. The only remaining adult is the mailman, who appears briefly blowing a whistle. We don't
get a good look at him.
Palms district, Los Angeles
Some of the footage taken on January 20th was shot in Palms. Other footage on that day was shot at the
studio. When the kids are running from the goat, they run south down the alley situated parallel to and between Motor and
Vinton, having entered on Woodbine Street. The camera shows them from both directions. It looks very much like it's
been raining recently in these shots. The goat winds up in the area east of Motor and north of Featherstone. A shot of the
kids on top of one of the short cliffs shows the house at the corner of National and Vinton, as well as part of the
Palms Lumber Co.
16 shooting dates went into the making of this film. The day after retakes were shot for "Baby Clothes"
(no. 49), the 'start' date arrived for "Uncle Tom's Uncle" on Jan. 12th. Shooting continued
until Feb. 3rd, when it was considered 'finished.' However, the datebook entries for Jan. 22nd and 23rd read
'work suspended account sickness,' and the entry for Jan. 26th reads 'picture tied up account illness of
Farina.' And of course, no shooting took place on Jan. 17th, 24th and 31st, which were all Sundays. And for some
reason, no shooting took place on Jan. 15th. Four and a half weeks after shooting finished, the Our Gang unit began
filming "Thundering Fleas" (no. 51).
There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
Released 1992. This copy is a home movie print from Exclusive Movie Studios, Inc., in Chicago, entitled
"Uncle Tom's Uncle." The picture quality is good. The print totals 31:10, with 31:05 of it original
footage. The print is projected at a slower speed, but it's still apparent that almost all of the original film is
This copy is essentially the same as Video Yesteryear's. The picture quality is fairly poor, and
there's a little bit of footage missing. The print comes from Niles Film Products in South Bend, Indiana. The print
totals 23:03, with 22:58 of it original footage.
This copy is a home movie print from Blackhawk. There is a bit of footage shown here that isn't in
the Exclusive version, but there is also some missing from this version. The print totals 20:31, with 18:49 of it
original footage. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page: Rob Stone (for providing the production number, shooting dates, location info, suspension of production, and
some of the crew credits) Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information) Matthew Lydick (for the correct spelling of Gabe Saenz's last name, and for providing info on the Jef release)