Chicken Feed

film no. 62


technical details:

Production K-20.

Filmed March 28 to April 15, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Copyrighted June 9, 1927, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU24063. Renewed January 10, 1955, with registration no. R142105. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.

Released November 6, 1927. It was the 66th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Chicken Feed".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1004, "Monkey Magic," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17309.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Probably credited in the film as a presenter.
Directed by Anthony Mack and Charles Oelze
This credit probably appears in the film. Mack's real name was Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan. The 1927 studio datebook credits only Mack as director, using the pseudonym for the first time. His uncle, Robert F. McGowan, was on vacation and returned on April 10th. The payroll summaries from this period credit Oelze as an assistant director.
Photographed by Art Lloyd
This credit derives from Lloyd's payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.
Assistant Cameraman: Clair Boshard
This credit derives from Boshard's payroll status as the Our Gang assistant cameraman beginning the week ending Apr. 2nd.
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 probably appears in the film.
Props by Don Sandstrom, Timothy O'Donnell, R. O. Sanders, Harry Black and Harry Craven
This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period. Black's name disappears from the payroll summaries after the week ending Apr. 2nd. Sanders' name first appears the week ending Apr. 9th, and Craven's name the week ending Apr. 16th.
Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit probably doesn't appear in the film. Roach was vacationing in Europe in the early part of 1927, so the credit may have been purely traditional.
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
general manager - Warren Doane
assistant general manager - L. A. French
secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
construction supervisor - C. E. Christensen
laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
optical effects supervisor - Roy Seawright
still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
transportation director - Bob Davis
possible uncredited involvement
editing - Richard Currier was the supervising editor during this period.
writing - Robert F. McGowan, Robert A. McGowan, Hal Yates, Jean Yarbrough and Frank Butler may have been among the gag writers.

the kids:

the gang
Allen "Farina" Hoskins
Lead role. The nickname doesn't appear in this print. He's virtually the star of the film, trying to reverse the damage done to his little sister.
Jannie "Mango" Hoskins
Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in this print, but Maltin & Bann indicate that it was used. The gang seemingly turns her into a monkey, and we don't see her again until towards the end of the film.
Joe Cobb
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.
Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.
Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.
Elmer "Scooter" Lowry
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.
Bobby "Bonedust" Young
Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in this print. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.

other featured kids
Johnny Downs as "Prof. Presto Misterio"
Supporting role. The gang learns his secret to changing people into animals. This was his final appearance in the series.
Jean Darling
Supporting role. She's Johnny's assistant.
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
Small part. The nickname doesn't appear in this print. He's seen briefly trying to catch the monkey while it's in the Krazy Kat costume.
other kids
Small part. Also of note is the boy that sprays the white paint all over Jannie.

the audience
Harry Spear
Bit part. He's the only one in the audience that says anything, at least in this print. This was his series debut.
Jimsy Boudwin
Extra. He's sitting in the front aisle seat on the left.
Davey Monahan
Extra. He sits to the far right in the third row.
Bobby Mallon
Extra. He's also sitting in the third row.
Andy Shuford
Extra. He's also sitting in the third row.
other kids
Extras. There are probably at least 15 more kids in the audience, and that doesn't count whoever is on the left side, very few of whom are shown in this print.

the animals:

monkey 004
Supporting role. Presumably the same monkey shown previously.
dog 003
Bit part. Farina sits in front of this dog without realizing it.
Pal
Bit part. At least in this print, Pal is just barely seen at the very beginning of this film. This was his final appearance in the series.
other animals
Supporting roles, small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The bear that puts a fright into the gang.
(2.) The chicken that the monkey seems to change into, and which is eaten by the hobo.
(3.) Three lions are shown grabbing at Farina, although we're supposed to think there are four.
(4.) The white rabbit that Jean seemingly changes into.
(5.) The goose that gets into a ruckus with the monkey.
(6.) The three puppies that the monkey encounters while in the Krazy Kat costume.
(7.) About six additional chickens in the coop.

the adults:

Ham Kinsey as the animal trainer
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. His face isn't clear enough in this print to be sure.
other adults
Supporting role and small parts. A 1927 casting directory lists an actor named Bert Apling as appearing in this film, but I still need to familiarize myself with him.
(1.) The hobo, who catches the stray chicken and eats it.
(2.) Four adults dressed in lion costumes and grabbing at Farina in shots that are interspersed with shots of the real lions.

the locations:

Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
After the monkey gets into the Krazy Kat costume, Farina runs from it in the space between the Palms Hardware Co. at 3351 Motor and the Arthur Boetsch Barber Shop at 3347 Motor. Seen in the background is the house behind the barber shop. The monkey ends up on the other side of the hardware store, in front of the house at 3359 Motor, where he encounters Wheezer. Later, as the kids spot the monkey near the animal cages, they're standing in the field behind the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor. Also visible in this shot is the back of the Shoe Repairing shop run by J. A. Pryor at 3406 Motor.
Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
After the gang fails to return Mango to her original state, they run out of the yard, leaving Farina behind. They end up at the fence on the north side of Woodbine, just east of the alley that runs midway between Motor and Vinton.

miscellaneous:

17 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Two weeks after shooting had finished for "Baby Brother" (no. 61), the 'start' date arrived for "Chicken Feed" on Mar. 28th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Apr. 15th. Anthony Mack was the director on each of the shooting dates. No shooting took place on Mar. 27th, Apr. 3rd, or Apr. 10th, which were all Sundays. After this, one week passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting "Olympic Games" (no. 63). It should be noted that Maltin & Bann list the filming dates for "Chicken Feed" as Mar. 26th to Apr. 10th. The latter date was a Sunday, which throws at least some doubt on this possibility, but it's possible that these dates come from the production sheets for this film, which are known to exist.

There were 34 copies of this film printed for its initial release.


availability:

Our Gang Volume #6 (VHS) from Grapevine Video and also The Picture Palace
This copy is a TV print from the Mischief Makers entitled "Monkey Magic." The print totals 12:20, with 12:04 of original footage. Roughly two-thirds of the original film is included. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 8 (VHS) from HenryButch
This copy is identical to Grapevine's.

special note
I was also able to view a home movie clip from this film which shows some footage not included in the TV clip.

© Robert Demoss.


My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)
Sue Larkin (for info regarding her dad, Dave Monahan)
Lynn Paden (for alerting me to Sue's website)


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