The Glorious Fourth

film no. 64


technical details:

Production K-22.

Filmed May 10 to 21, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Released July 31, 1927. This is according to Smile When The Raindrops Fall by Brian Anthony & Andy Edmonds. Maltin & Bann list the date as June 26th. In A History Of The Hal Roach Studios by Richard Lewis Ward, the date is listed as July 30th. Since Pathé releases were usually on Sundays, the 30th is unlikely, but the other two dates fit. The Maltin & Bann date gives the film the same release date as "Baby Brother" (no. 60). If either of the later dates is correct, then "The Glorious Fourth" was the 62nd film in the series to be released.

Copyrighted July 22, 1927, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU24204. Renewed January 10, 1955, with registration no. R142111. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "The Glorious Fourth".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1016, "Fourth Of July," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17321.


the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Probably credited in the film as a presenter.
Directed by Robert F. McGowan and Anthony Mack
Maltin & Bann list only McGowan, and the film probably reflects this, but without his middle initial. The 1927 studio datebook indicates that he directed only on May 10th, and that Mack, whose real name was Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan, directed the rest of the film.
Photographed by Art Lloyd
This credit derives from Lloyd's payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.
Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit probably appears in the film. The inter-titles have the speckled motif in this film.
Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.
Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
He was Pete's owner and 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
assistant direction - Probably Charles Oelze.
assistant cameraman - Probably Clair Boshard.
editing - Richard Currier was the supervising editor during this period, while Lloyd Campbell was probably the cutter.
writing - Robert F. McGowan, Robert A. McGowan, Hal Yates, Jean Yarbrough and Frank Butler may have been among the gag writers.
property department - Charles Oelze and Don Sandstrom were probably involved in this capacity.

the kids:

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Featured role. He's essentially the star of the film, being blamed by Joe for things that are Joe's fault.
Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Featured role. He seems to be the leader of the gang, and is quite insufferable in this short.
Jannie Hoskins
Supporting role. She's seen with Farina through most of the film.
Jay R. Smith
Supporting role. He gets a few comic moments, but is mostly part of the ensemble.
Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting in this short.
Harry Spear
Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting in this short.
Jack Hanlon
Small part. He gives Farina a quarter to take Pansy.

the animals:

Pete (no. 1) as "Pansy"
Featured role. He swallows some Bermuda oil and becomes a walking grenade launcher.

the adults:

June Gittleson as Joe's mother
Supporting role. She runs the fireworks stand, and leaves Joe in charge just long enough for him to destroy it.
Charley Chase as the drunk
Supporting role. He doesn't realize that skyrockets are flying past his head.
William A. Orlamond as the scientist
Supporting role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's the guy that demonstrates the Bermuda oil.
William Courtwright as the cement worker
Supporting role. Comparable to Otto Fries' role in "Pups Is Pups" (no. 100).
Charley Lloyd as the motorist
Bit part. He thinks he's got a flat, but it's just a firecracker. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Charley Young.
Dorothy Vernon as the friend of Joe's mother
Bit part. She's in a panic because the baby has swallowed a button.
Jack Hill as the man with the monocle
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. He puts his hat on right after a firecracker has landing on his head. I don't know his face well enough to be sure it's him.
Charles A. Bachman as one of the cops
Bit part. He shows up at the end with a partner.
Gene Morgan as one of the cops
Bit part. He's the other cop, as revealed in a publicity photograph.
Harry Bowen as a pedestrian
Extra. A photograph reveals his involvement in this film.
other adults
Bits parts and extras.
(1.) The driver of the car that explodes.
(2.) The guy that laughs, only to get a rocket exploding in his pants.
(3.) The guy with the rake in front of Media Park.
(4.) The woman with the laundry.
(5.) Three firemen.
(6.) Scores of pedestrians, including about 12 spectators watching the Bermuda oil demonstration. Among these are military and civil officials. One of them looks like he might be Silas D. Wilcox. Maltin & Bann list Charles Meakin, Al Hallet, Harry Arras and Arthur Millett, but I don't know what they look like.

the locations:

Van Beuren Place, Culver City
The kids set off their fireworks in the vacant lot just to the right of the Fire Department at 415 Van Beuren. When Farina and Jannie exit this lot, they walk out onto the sidewalk in front of the Fire Department. At the end of Van Beuren in these shots is Washington Boulevard, with the Hotel Hunt (now the Culver Hotel) right across the street. Charley Young pulls over in his car in front of the Fire Department. Seen behind him is a sign for Old Crown Gasoline, which is probably part of the King's Garage at 420 Van Beuren. Also seen in the background is the back of the Noren Wuster Furniture Company at 6710-12 Washington.
Hal E. Roach Studios, Culver City
The latter part of the film is mostly shot on the New York exterior set at the studio.
Hal E. Roach Ranch
The scene with the demonstration of the bahama oil was shot along the access road to the ranch, which was located roughly where David Avenue is nowadays, just west of Robertson Boulevard. It appears that the cast makes it all the way over to Robertson in some shots. The end of the road furthest from Robertson is where the golfer hits the exploding capsule.
Media Park, Palms district, Los Angeles
This is shown in the scene with the man raking leaves.
Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
The gang is shown standing along the Woodbine side of the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor Avenue. Farina emerges from around the back of the building and throws a bahama oil capsule towards them.
vacant lot
In the opening part of the film, Farina and Jannie pop paper bags in the same vacant lot previously featured in "Olympic Games" (no. 63).
alley
The alley that Farina walks down while trying to avoid Pete was also seen in "Tired Business Men" (no. 60).
other locations
I haven't been able to identify the location of the fireworks stand, but there is a wall in the background which reads Majestic Cake Co. There's also a sign that reads "Studio" and a second word beginning with the letters 'CA.' The laughing construction worker is in front of a sign reading "Snooker & Billiards."

miscellaneous:

11 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Four days after shooting finished for "Olympic Games" (no. 63), the 'start' date arrived for "The Glorious Fourth" on May 10th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of May 21st. No shooting took place on May 15th, which was a Sunday. Anthony Mack directed on most of the shooting dates, but Robert F. McGowan directed on May 10th, 19th, 20th, and 21st. Only three days passed before shooting began on the next Our Gang production, which was either "Playin' Hookey" (no. 65) or "The Smile Wins" (no. 66).

The unseen baby that swallows a button is named "Little Marmalade."

There were 38 copies of this film printed for its initial release.

The calendar seen in the film is set on July 3rd.


availability:

Our Gang Volume #11 (VHS) from Grapevine Video and also The Picture Palace
This copy has a generic opening title reading "Glorious Fourth." The inter-titles are missing from the early part of the film. The end titles are original. The picture quality is fair. The print totals 15:44, with 15:39 of it original footage. Roughly three quarters 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.
Rascals Silents Vol. 4 (VHS/DVD) from A-1 Video
This is a TV print from the Mischief Makers series entitled "Fourth Of July." The picture quality is fairly good, but the only inter-titles are those made by the TV production company. The footage totals 12:25, with 12:05 of it original.
other releases
A homemade VHS that appeared briefly on eBay included a home movie print of this film. Entitled "Glorious Fourth," it was from Exclusive Movie Studios, Inc., in Chicago. It had original inter-titles, and the copyright and end titles were included, but Exclusive also added an end title of their own. A very small amount of footage is missing from this version that's seen in the Grapevine version, but otherwise it's a longer version. The picture quality is fairly good. The original footage totals 17:09.

© 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)
Brian Kirkpatrick (for identifying June Gittleson)


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