Bring Home The Turkey

film no. 57


This film is not available on VHS or DVD. However, I've been able to view a portion from the end of this film, as well as publicity photos.

technical details:

Production K-15.

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

Copyrighted January 14, 1927, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU23532. Renewed January 10, 1955, with registration no. R142085. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.

Released January 16, 1927. It was the 56th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Bring Home The Turkey".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1034, "Little Orphans," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17339.

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 and Anthony Mack
This credit probably appears in the film, but without McGowan's middle initial. The F stands for Francis. Mack was his nephew, whose real name was Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan. Rob Stone's list credits only the uncle. The payroll summaries from this period credit the nephew as an assistant director. Rob Stone's list also states that the nephew shot a trailer for Ernie Morrison on September 29th and 30th.

Assistant Director: Charles Oelze
According to Rob Stone's list as well as the payroll summaries.

Photographed by Art Lloyd
According to Rob Stone's list. This credit might not have appeared in the film.

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.

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
Probably indicated in the film.

studio personnel
possible uncredited involvement

the kids:

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. He's taken away from Uncle Tom and ends up at the orphanage, but sends a message asking to be rescued.

Jannie "Mango" Hoskins as "Mango"
Supporting role. She lives with Farina and Uncle Tom, until she's taken to the orphanage. She takes part in abusing the bad guys during the big fight scene.

Joe Cobb
Supporting role. He's present in the footage that I've viewed, but mostly takes part in group activity.

Johnny Downs
Supporting role. Being the oldest, he's basically the leader among the kids, asking Uncle Tom to rescue the white kids along with the black ones.

Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble work in the footage I've viewed, but he's also the one that first sees the bad guys when they arrive at Uncle Tom's house.

Peggy Eames
Supporting role. She's mostly part of the ensemble, but there is one scene in which she has a bit of dialogue with Joe.

Elmer "Scooter" Lowry
Supporting role. In the footage that I've viewed, he's purely part of the ensemble.

Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. In the footage that I've viewed, he's purely part of the ensemble.

Jean Darling
Small part. She's not in any of the publicity photos that I've viewed, and her participation in the available footage is quite limited.

Mildred Kornman
Small part. She's not in any of the publicity photos that I've viewed, and she's only seen from the rear in the available footage, so I'm basically taking Maltin & Bann's word for it.

other kids
Supporting role. The only remaining kid is "Pleurisy," the baby who lives with Farina and Mango. In Farina's note to Uncle Tom, her name is spelled "Plurisy."

the animals:

dog 057
Presumed small part. This dog belongs to Uncle Tom, and carries the note to him from Farina. This dog was later featured in "Love My Dog" (no. 59).

Dinah the Mule
Small part. She pulls Uncle Tom's wagon.

the adults:

Tom Wilson as "Uncle Tom"
Lead role. He's the star of the short. The black kids are taken away from him, but he takes them back, along with the white kids.

Louise Emmons as the headmistress
Supporting role. She reprised this role in "Mush And Milk" (no. 123). She's shown in one of the publicity photos that I've seen.

Charley Young as the orphanage official
Supporting role. He's presumably in the trio of evil orphanage officials.

Noah Young as a detective
Small part. He's one of the men who arrive at Uncle Tom's house to retrieve the kids.

Abraham Lincoln
There are at least five portraits of the 16th president in different places around Uncle Tom's house.

other adults
Supporting roles, small parts and bit parts. The payroll summaries indicate that Michael Visaroff acted with the Our Gang unit during the weeks ending Oct. 9th and 16th.
(1.) "Old 'Wart-head'," who chases the kids around with a bullwhip.
(2.) "Judge Farrell."
(3.) The judge's servant, who Maltin & Bann identify as Lyle Tayo, but I would need to get a better look to verify.
(4.) Four men show up to retrieve the kids from Uncle Tom, one of whom is Noah Young as mentioned above. I'm assuming that another is Old Wart-head, and perhaps another is Charley Young, which would leave one more that's unidentified.
(5.) Three maids that serve the kids in the last part of the film.

the locations:

Motor Avenue
Footage was shot at this location on October 6th.

Arnaz Ranch
Footage was shot near this location on October 8th.


15 shooting dates went into the making of this film. A week and a half after shooting finished for "Telling Whoppers" (no. 56), the 'start' date arrived for "Bring Home The Turkey" on Sep. 29th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Oct. 15th. No shooting took place on Oct. 3rd or 10th, which were both Sundays. Robert F. McGowan directed on all of the shooting dates. Two weeks after the finish date, the Our Gang unit began shooting "Seeing The World" (no. 55).

The orphans live at Happyland Home.

There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.

©Feb. 28, 2005, by Robert Demoss.
2005 updates: 4/25, 6/29.
2006 updates: 1/9, 6/12.
2007 updates: 4/1, 10/22, 12/8.
2008 updates: 2/21, 3/31, 4/25, 7/6.

Thanks to Rob Stone and Joe Moore for assistance on this page.

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