film no. 51
- Our Gang (VHS) from
- Released 1987, and reissued Feb. 1992, with an EP version released Sep. 1999. This copy is a home movie
print made by Exclusive Movie Studios, Inc., in Chicago. The picture quality is good. The print totals 27:02, with
26:54 of it original footage. Even though the length is largely due to a slower projection speed, almost all of the
original film is included.
- Laurel & Hardy: The Original Brats & More
Hal Roach Classics from Universal
- Released 2004. This is a PAL DVD from the UK. The print totals 18:01, with 17:40 of it original
footage, but this includes freeze-frames of the inter-titles. The picture quality is good, but the very last bit
with the statue is cut short.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 7 (VHS) from
Video Classics and
- Our Gang Comedies VII (VHS) from
The Picture Palace
- This copy is virtually the same as Video Yesteryear's, but of lesser quality. The print totals
22:36, with 22:29 of it original footage.
- Stan & Ollie Solo - Volume Seven
(VHS) from Videobrary, Inc.
- Released 1995. This print totals only 9:39, with 9:34 of it original footage, covering
only the second half of the film, and the picture quality is fairly poor.
- Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy: Early Silent Classics
Volume 2 (DVD) from Alpha Video
- Released Feb. 22, 2005. This is the same version released by Videobrary, Inc.
- The Laurel Or Hardy Collection (5 DVD
set) from Passport Video
- Released Feb. 21, 2006. This is the same version released by Videobrary, Inc.
- Jackie Remembers Our Gang - The Silent Era
(VHS/DVD) from Jackie Taylor
- A clip lasting 0:05 is included, showing the kids before the wedding, with narration
- SlapHappy: Vol. 9 (DVD) from
- Released 2003. Originally produced in 2001. Includes a clip from this film. This volume is also included
as part of The SlapHappy Collection (11 DVD
- special note
- Amazon.com indicates that this film is included on The Lost Films Of Laurel And Hardy - The
Complete Collection Vol. 9 (VHS/DVD) from Hal Roach Studios, but it is, in fact,
Filmed March 8 to 25, 1926. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted May 26, 1926, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU22775. Since the copyright was not renewed,
this film is now in the public domain.
Released July 4, 1926. This is according to both Rob Stone's Laurel Or Hardy and Richard Lewis Ward's
A History Of The Hal Roach Studios. Maltin & Bann list July 18th. It was the 51st film in the series to be
Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Thundering
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1046, "The Flea Circus," copyrighted Sep.
1, 1960, with registration number LP17351.
- 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 Directors: Robert A. McGowan and Charles
- According to Rob Stone's book. McGowan was later credited as Anthony Mack. He was being credited in
the payroll summaries as the Our Gang assistant director during this period, but Oelze was still being listed as a prop
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- According to Rob Stone's notes. This credit might not appear in the film.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Cutter: Lloyd Campbell
- This credit derives from credit given in Rob Stone's book, which is corroborated by the payroll
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Story by Hal E. Roach, Hal Yates and Carl
- This credit probably doesn't appear in the film. Maltin & Bann list Roach, while Rob Stone lists
Yates and Harbaugh.
- Props by Leo Samwell, Ted Driscoll and Don Sandstrom
- According to Rob Stone's book. The payroll summaries still listed Oelze as a prop man during this
- Animation: E. H. Young
- According to Rob Stone's book and corroborated by the payroll summaries. Young animated
"Garfield" the flea.
- 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
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Featured role. The nickname doesn't appear in these prints. It's his dog that has the fleas, and
he's basically the link between the disparate elements in the film.
- Mary Kornman as "Mary"
- Supporting role. She sets up the kiddie wedding and gets married to Joe, all in anticipation of her
- Joe Cobb
- Supporting role. He appears in the first scene getting married to Mary. Later, he pairs up with Jay to
search for fleas.
- Elmer "Scooter" Lowry as "Skooter"
- Supporting role. He's the new kid on the block and pairs up with Farina.
- Johnny Downs
- Supporting role. He's Mary's brother. He pairs up with Mickey to search for
- Jackie Condon
- Supporting role. He's the minister in the kiddie wedding. He later searches for fleas at the dog
- Mickey Daniels
- Supporting role. He appears in most of the scenes, and pairs up with Johnny on their search for fleas,
but isn't given too much of his own to do. This was his last appearance in the series, barring reunion
- Jay R. Smith
- Supporting role. He pairs up with Joe to search for fleas.
- Bobby "Bonedust" Young as "Bonedust"
- Small part. He's shown in the kiddie wedding scene providing the music.
- Mildred Kornman
- Small part. She appears as Scooter's little sister.
- Jannie Hoskins
- Small part. She appears in the opening kiddie wedding scene.
- Lassie Lou Ahern
- Small part. She's the flower girl at the adult wedding.
- other kids
- Small part and extras. There are at least two more girls at the adult wedding.
- Buster as "Magnolia"
- Featured role. This is Farina's dog, and the one with the fleas.
- Bit part. Appears briefly as Clements extracts a flea from his fur. Not listed by Maltin &
- parrot 008
- Bit part. The parrot owned by Scooter's family, and presumably the same one seen in previous
- dog 003
- Bit part. The dog that Joe and Jay extract fleas from looks like the dog from "One Terrible
Day" (no. 4).
- mule 026
- Bit part. Presumably the same white mule seen in "Commencement Day" (no. 26). He pulls
Scooter's family's wagon.
- other animals
- Bit parts.
(1.) The dog that meets up with Magnolia.
(2.) The goat from which Mickey and Johnny extract fleas. Possibly the same goat as seen in "Uncle Tom's
Uncle". (no. 50).
(3.) The rooster riding on the cart with Mildred.
(4.) The goldfish in the bowl that Farina drops. It isn't clear whether any of them are actually
- At least a couple of the bugs in Clements' flea circus are real, but most of them are animated,
including the animated star of the film, "Garfield."
- George B. French as "Prof. Clements"
- Supporting role. He runs the flea circus and sends the gang off to find Garfield.
- James Finlayson as the justice of the peace
- Supporting role. He finds it difficult to conduct the wedding once the fleas are
- Jerry Mandy as "Sheldon," the groom
- Supporting role. Every time he tries to say "I do," he goes into an itching
- Martha Sleeper as the bride
- Supporting role. The fleas eventually take her over as well, but in the end, she decides to use
Mary's kiddie setup for the real thing.
- Oliver Hardy as the police officer
- Supporting role. He gets infested with fleas and loses his pants in the process.
- Charley Chase as one of the wedding guests
- Small part. He's the one with the flea in his moustache.
- woman 035 as Skooter's mom
- Bit part. Previously seen in "Circus Fever" (no. 35) and later in "Spanky"
- Charlie Hall as one of the musicians
- Bit part. He's playing the sax.
- Alex Finlayson as one of the musicians
- Bit part. I don't know what he looks like, but he's probably the violin player.
- Harry Bowen as one of the flea circus spectators
- Bit part. He's standing to the left of Clements, and is still there when most of the others have
- Charley Young as one of the flea circus spectators
- Bit part. He's standing to the right of Clements, and is still there when most of the others have
- Allen Cavan as the father of the bride
- Bit part. He's shown walking the bride to the altar.
- Lyle Tayo as the pedestrian
- Bit part. Identified by Maltin & Bann. It looks like her, but we never really get a good look in this
- Dick Gilbert as Skooter's dad
- Bit part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann, probably since he's not seen for more than a couple of
- Sammy Brooks as one of the flea circus spectators
- Bit part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. This is presumably the really short guy from previous
- Ham Kinsey as one of the wedding guests
- Extra. He's seen to the far right in the shots of Martha Sleeper scratching herself.
- other adults
- Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The sleeping man whose beard is caught afire by Farina and Scooter's magnifying glass.
(2.) The woman behind Finlayson who asks somebody to scratch her back for her. Looks like Clara Guiol.
(3.) The man playing the statue that goes into spasms.
(4.) The man playing the ukulele.
(5.) The woman playing the piano.
(6.) The man that seems to be Scooter's grandfather.
(7.) The painter that shoos Magnolia away from the statue.
(8.) The woman who talks to Hardy from the other side of the fence.
(9.) Perhaps twenty more guests at the wedding. Maltin & Bann list Sam Lufkin, but I still need to
familiarize myself with him. One of the bridesmaids resembles Dorothy Coburn.
(10.) Three additional pedestrians watching Clements' flea circus.
(11.) Two women walking down the sidewalk while Hardy is pantsless.
the music (sort of):
- "Here Comes The Bride" by Richard Wagner
- Music written in 1841 as the "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin." Sung by Bonedust
during the kiddie wedding.
- "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" by George F. Root
- Written in the early 1860s. H. M. Walker makes reference to this Civil War song: " - Scratch
- scratch - scratch - The fleas are marching - ". This song later appeared on the soundtrack of
"The First Round-Up" (no. 128)
- According to Rob Stone's list, footage was shot in Palms on March 8th and 20th. It appears that all
of the exterior footage was shot there, so perhaps it should read 'March 8th TO 20th.'
- Scooter's new home also served as Farina's house in "Your Own Back Yard" (no.
44) and "Monkey Business" (no. 48).
- The bearded man jumps off the same bridge seen in "The Ol' Gray Hoss" (no.
16 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Four and a half weeks after shooting had finished for "Uncle
Tom's Uncle" (no. 50), the 'start' date arrived for "Thundering Fleas" on Mar. 8th.
Shooting continued until Mar. 25th, when it was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Mar. 7th, 14th,
and 21st, which were all Sundays. There was, however, information written in for the 14th which was crossed out. This
probably indicates that the person entering the information absent-mindedly forgot to skip the page for Sunday. After
shooting finished, two weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began to shoot "Shivering Spooks" (no.
There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
©Feb. 22, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 2/27, 3/16, 3/17, 3/18, 3/20, 4/10, 4/25, 5/3, 11/29, 12/3.
2006 updates: 1/9, 2/11, 6/9, 6/12, 7/5, 10/25.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22, 11/9, 11/25, 12/8.
2008 updates: 2/21, 2/26, 3/31, 4/25, 7/6.
2009 updates: 3/9, 6/21, 6/28, 7/23.
Thanks to Rob Stone, Paul Mular, Joe Moore and Randy Jones for assistance on this page.