Filmed November 24 to December 14, 1926. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted February 14, 1927, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU23667. Renewed January 10, 1955, with
registration no. R142091. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.
Released March 13, 1927. It was the 58th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Ten Years
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1017, "A Double Birthday," copyrighted
Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17322. Footage also went into episode no. 1072, "An Average Day,"
copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17774.
Maltin & Bann list only Mack, and the film reflects this. The 1926 studio datebook indicates that
McGowan directed except on December 2 to 4, when Mack, referred to as McGowan, Jr., directed. The F in McGowan's name
stands for Francis. Mack was his nephew, whose real name was Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan. According to the
payroll summaries, Mack was still an assistant director during this period.
Featured role. He's the rich kid that invites the gang to his party. He starts off with Little Lord
Fauntleroy curls, but his father lets him get a haircut for his birthday.
Supporting role. She accompanies Farina pretty much throughout the film.
Mildred Kornman as "Mildred"
Supporting role. She's featured at Joe's house during the cake baking scene, and throws various
objects into the batter.
Bobby "Bonedust" Young as "Bone Dust"
Supporting role. He gets butted by the goat, and is with the gang pretty much throughout the film.
Jay R. Smith as "Jay-R"
Supporting role. He gets a rubber tube stuck in his mouth, then notices that his piece of cake is inflating.
Elmer "Scooter" Lowry
Supporting role. At the party, he pulls nails out of his mouth.
Supporting role. He's the boy that eats the soap.
Supporting role. He gets squirted in the face.
Supporting role. He's seen as one of the main gang members in this film.
Extra. She's among the rich kids. In the shot where they all curtsy, she's two kids to the left
of Jean Darling. She also gets a closeup with Carl Busch.
Extra. A 1927 casting directory credits his involvement in this film. In the shot where they all curtsy,
he's three kids to the left of Jean Darling. He also gets a closeup with Doris Oelze.
Extra. He's one of the rich kids, and is standing behind Doris and Carl during their closeup. This
was his debut appearance.
Extra. She's one of the rich kids, and is best seen standing towards the right in the shot where they
Supporting roles, small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The freckle-faced boy that squirts liquid from his mouth. This may be the boy listed by Maltin & Bann
as Bret Black (also known as Buck Black).
(2.) There are about a dozen more rich kids at the party, most notably the girl that plays Jackie's
stepsister. Among the other kids, Maltin & Bann list Peggy Eames, but I'm unable to spot her in the
available footage. It should be noted that she bears a resemblance to Doris Oelze, so perhaps this explains
Pal as "Pal"
Supporting role. He's Joe's dog, and is present during the cake baking scene. He also goes along
to Jackie's house.
Small part. This is Farina's dog.
Bit part. Presumably the same skunk as usual, but maybe not. This is Farina's gift for Jackie.
Small parts and bit parts.
(1.) The goat used in the bullfighting sequence. Possibly the same goat seen in "Uncle Tom's Uncle"
(2.) The frog Jackie gets for his birthday.
(3.) The two ducklings Jackie gets for his birthday.
George B. French as Jackie's dad
Small part. He's seen early in the film, and allows Jackie to invite the gang to his birthday.
Lyle Tayo as Joe's mom
Small part. Joe pins the tail on her. She appears at the beginning of the film.
Fay Holderness as Jackie's maid
Bit part. She appears briefly speaking to the butler and Jackie. I suspect she may actually be his
governess. Maltin & Bann list May Beatty, but I'm pretty sure this is incorrect.
F. F. Guenste as the butler
Bit part. He appears briefly during Jackie's party, with the same role he always has in this series.
Louise Brooks shown in a newspaper photo
This photo appears in the newspaper that's been fashioned into a party hat for Joe.
(1.) Jackie's snobby mother.
(2.) Another maid.
(3.) The barber who cuts Jackie's hair.
Palms district, Los Angeles
Farina and Mango escape the goat by running south from Woodbine down the alley parallel to and between
Motor and Vinton. The camera points both north and south at different times during this scene.
Rob Stone's list indicates that footage was shot in Culver City on December 7th, 8th, and 14th, as
well as back at the studio.
The large house seen in the background during the bullfighting scene can also be seen in "One Wild
Ride" (no. 45).
18 shooting dates went into the making of this film. A little over a week after shooting finished for "Seeing The
World" (no. 55), the 'start' date arrived for "Ten Years Old" on Nov. 24th. Shooting
continued until Dec. 14th, when it was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th, or
Dec. 12th, which were all Sundays. Robert F. McGowan directed on most of the shooting dates, but his nephew, listed as
'McGowan Jr.' but actually named Robert A. McGowan, directed on Dec. 2nd, 3rd and 4th. A week after shooting
finished, the Our Gang unit began to film "Love My Dog" (no. 59).
There were 36 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
This is a nearly complete original print of the film with fairly good picture quality. There is a jumpcut as Jay hands
his invitation to Joe's party over to Jackie, which isn't a problem in the Mischief Makers version. The footage
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) Doris Oelze & Nancy Thompson (for identifying Doris' involvement in this film) Geoff Lucas (for extra details about the A-1 releases)