Seeing The World

film no. 55

technical details:

Production K-13.

Filmed July 1926, and October 29 to November 15, 1926. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted January 14, 1927 by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU23539. Renewed January 10, 1955 with registration no. R142088. This copyright expired at the end of 2022 and the film is now in the public domain.

Released February 13, 1927. It was the 57th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Seeing The World".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1048, "A Roamin' Holiday," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17353.

Working titles: "London Bridge" and "Our Gang In Europe."

the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
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 Directors: Robert A. McGowan and Charles Oelze
McGowan was later credited as Anthony Mack. Rob Stone's list credits both as assistant directors, which is reflected in the payroll summaries during this period.
Photographed by Art Lloyd and W. V. Draper
This credit appears in the film. According to Rob Stone's list, Draper also worked on this film. Draper was currently listed in the payroll summaries as the Our Gang assistant cameraman.
Edited by Richard Currier
This credit appears in the film.
Cutter: Lloyd Campbell
This credit derives from Campbell's payroll status as the Our Gang cutter during this period.
Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film. The inter-title cards now have the speckled gray tone look.
Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit doesn't appear in the film. Robert Kelly was listed as a writer for the Our Gang series during this period in the payroll summaries.
Props by Don Sandstrom and Timothy O'Donnell
According to Rob Stone's list.
Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Passed by the National Board of Review
As 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, Robert A. McGowan, Carl Harbaugh and Frank Butler may have been among the gag writers.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been among the animal trainers.

the kids:

featured players
Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. He's given most of the funny lines among the kids, and is the one that Finlayson joins on the plunge from the Eiffel Tower.
Joe Cobb
Supporting role. He gets to make a few wisecracks and bits of business.
Elmer "Scooter" Lowry
Supporting role. He wants to pick a fight with an Italian boy, and later gets drenched while riding in the gondola.
Johnny Downs
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting, but also provides one of the wisecracks.
Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting, but is also the one that slaps Farina's tooth away.
Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting.
Peggy Eames
Supporting role. She does pretty much entirely ensemble work in this short.

the other kids in the class
Buddy McNeal
Small part. This is the class prankster.
other kids
Extras. There are an additional six boys and six girls in the class.

the European kids
the doubles
Small parts. Three sets of doubles, in Naples, Rome and Paris, were used for the seven featured kids. Presumably, only one set was selected per city, and the Naples set was probably used at both Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius.
other kids
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The Roman boy that Scooter wants to sock.
(2.) There are at least a couple of kids shown in the longshots.

the kids at the dock
Jean Darling
Extra. She's in the scene at the dock, as revealed in a photo, but not visible in these prints.

the animals:

Small parts and extras.
(1.) The pigeon that ends up with Farina's tooth.
(2.) Several horses, mostly in London and Paris, but a couple in Rome as well.
(3.) Dozens of pigeons at Trafalgar Square in London, and scores of pigeons at St. Marks in Venice.

the adults:

James Finlayson as "James Finlayson," the teacher
Lead role. Maltin & Bann indicate that "Old Buzz-Fuzz" is a character name, but it's clearly just name-calling on Joe's part. He's virtually the star of the film.
Stan Laurel as one of the English pedestrians
Bit part. He's a victim of the kids' peashooters.
Frank Butler as one of the English pedestrians
Bit part. He's also a victim of the peashooters. His name also appears in the newspaper article detailing the contest.
Charlie Hall as the English chauffeur
Bit part. He points out the Prince of Wales.
David, Prince of Wales
Bit part. Later Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Ireland, and after that, Duke of Windsor. He's seen briefly telling the gang to "carry on." This footage had previously been edited into the Charley Chase short "The Rat's Knuckles."
Chet Brandenburg as the window washer
Bit part. He's the victim of Joe's slingshot. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Ed Brandenberg.
President of France
Bit part. This was Gaston Doumergue in 1926. He's standing next to the Sultan of Morocco.
Sultan of Morocco
Bit part. This was Yusef ben Hassan in 1926. He's standing next to the President of France.
Charles McMurphy as a ship's official
Extra. It looks like he's the official closest to the camera as the kids board the ship.
Charley Lloyd as one of the people at the pier
Extra. He can be seen standing right next to Finlayson. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Charley Young.
Dorothy Hamilton Darling as one of the people at the pier
Extra. A publicity photo reveals her presence, standing alongside her daughter Jean.
other adults
Bit parts and extras. Maltin & Bann list Ham Kinsey as a ship's official, but I haven't spotted him. Among the additional adults in the film are:
(1.) The French chauffeur, who doesn't know any English.
(2.) "Mrs. Dribblechin," the other teacher at the school.
(3.) The guy rowing the gondola. His face isn't shown.
(4.) The English chauffeur and the French chauffeur in the footage shot in London and Paris respectively.
(5.) The official at the Eiffel Tower.
(6.) Many people at the dock and on the ship.
(7.) Scores of pedestrians in Rome, London and Paris.

the music (sort of):

"America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee)" by Samuel F. Smith
The music first appeared in Thesaurus Musicus in 1744. Smith added the lyrics in 1832. This is the song sung by the class.

the locations:

Seen very briefly in an establishing shot.
Including Mt. Vesuvius.
Including St. Peter's, the Colisseum and the Forum.
Including St. Mark's
Including Trafalgar Square, The Houses of Parliament, St. James, and The Tower Bridge
Including L'Opera, Napoleon's tomb, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, The Eiffel Tower. A stage at the Roach studio was used for the Eiffel Tower footage on November 9th.
Culver City
Footage was shot here for a "running insert" on November 3rd and 4th.
Monte Mov Vista stage
Rob Stone's notes list this as a location for November 10th.


15 shooting dates went into the making of this film, but this only counts the footage shot in and around the Roach studio in Culver City. After filming had ended for "The Fourth Alarm!" (no. 53), the Our Gang unit took a long rest, during which the studio was closed for four weeks through July. According to Rob Stone's book, the overseas footage for "Seeing The World" was shot during July and August. However, McGowan is credited in the 1926 studio datebook for directing "War Feathers" (no. 54), which began at the beginning of August, so it's likely that most, if not all, of the overseas footage was shot during July. After "War Feathers" was finished, McGowan directed both "Telling Whoppers" (no. 56) and "Bring Home The Turkey" (no. 57). Two weeks after the latter film finished, the 'start' date arrived for "Seeing The World" on Oct. 29th. Shooting continued until it was considered 'finished' on Nov. 15th. No shooting took place on Oct. 31st, Nov. 7th, or Nov. 14th, which were all Sundays. Robert F. McGowan directed on each of the shooting dates. After this, a little over a week passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting "Ten Years Old" (no. 58).

Author Rob Stone states that a series of these European Our Gang films were planned. He gives a quote from Motion Picture News, but the writer of the article is under the impression that several shorts were made during the one trip to Europe, and that the kids of Our Gang actually went.

Among the names in the newspaper article are Grace Mitchell, Adelle Kaufman, Grace Ely, Edith Wright, James Finlayson, Mollie Thompson and Frank Butler.

The gang goes to Mexicalli School in this film

In the goofs category, it's worthy to note that Charlie Hall is driving on the left side of the vehicle, but the English chauffeur shown in the rear views is on the right side, as is the steering wheel.

37 still images were printed into numerous press photos to promote this film.

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My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing the production number, shooting dates, location info, and some of the crew credits)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)
Mark Brumfield

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