Filmed June 13 to 24, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
The title sheet was prepared by H. M. Walker on July 2, 1927.
The cutting continuity was submitted July 28, 1927.
Copyrighted August 17, 1927, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP24290. Renewed
July 11, 1955, with registration no. R152702. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.
This film was shown Aug. 27, 1927, on the opening night of the Wayne Theatre in Wayne, Michigan.
Released September 24, 1927. It was the 64th film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Yale Vs
Harvard".' With the change in distribution to MGM, the lobby posters started to delete the '"Our
Gang" Comedies' part, and say 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in....'
- Produced by Hal Roach
- Credited in the film as a presenter.
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- This credit appears in the film.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit appears in the film.
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit appears in the film.
- Animation by Roy Seawright
- This credit derives from Seawright's payroll status as the studio animator during this period. This
film features animated words coming out of a bullhorn.
- Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
- He was Pete's owner and trainer.
- Teacher: Fern Carter
- Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Indicated at the opening of the film.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- As indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- director-general - Leo McCarey
- 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.
- cutting - Probably Lloyd Campbell.
- writing - Presumably, Hal E. Roach and
Robert F. McGowan headed the story department, with
possible assistance from Robert A. McGowan, Jean Yarbrough and Charlie Hall.
- property department - Charles Oelze, Don
Sandstrom and Thomas Benton Roberts were probably involved in this capacity.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Featured role. He's given plenty of attention in this film, and has the ideas behind defeating the
other team. The captain of the opposing team intimidates him at first, but eventually calls him "Mister Joe."
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Featured role. Referred to as "Farina" in the continuity, but not named in the titles. He has
most of the funny business in the film, mostly involving the Italian boy.
- Jay R. Smith
- Supporting role. He's the kicker on the Our Gang team. He has one scene where he's repeatedly
sneezing on Jackie, and later scores two of the Gang's touchdowns.
- Jackie Condon as "Jackie"
- Supporting role. He seems to be the leader of the team. His name appears on a message on a fence in which
he wants to trade in his baby brother. He seems to mostly do ensemble work, aside from his sneezing scene with Jay R.
- Harry Spear
- Supporting role. He's not specifically mentioned in the cutting continuity, but he's shown in the
photograph in the Maltin & Bann book, and clearly is a member of the team. He probably does exclusively ensemble
acting in this film. It's possible that he's the boy identified as "Toughy" in the continuity, though
this name didn't appear in the inter-titles.
- Jannie "Mango" Hoskins
- Supporting role. The cutting continuity refers to her as "Mango," but she isn't named in
the titles. Her main job is to knock members of the opposing team on their heads with a hammer.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
- Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's introduced in a title card, but aside from a bit of
funny business at the beginning, the continuity doesn't reveal his presence elsewhere in the film.
- Jean Darling
- Small part. The Progressive Silent Film List implies that her first name was used in the film, but the
cutting continuity doesn't mention her. However, it does mention a nurse who kisses Wheezer's hand after he hurts
it, and Jean is shown in Maltin & Bann's book in the nurse outfit.
- Godfrey "Duffy" Craig
- Small part. A 1927 casting directory states that he appeared in this film, and a publicity photo
corroborates this, showing him as one of the players, presumably for the opposing team.
- Robert Cruzon
- Presumed small part. A 1927 casting directory states that he appeared in this film, and also went by the
name Robert Donaldson.
- Paul Toien
- Presumed small part. He's shown in publicity photos, and seems to be on the gang's team.
- Johnny Aber
- Presumed small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's shown in at least one publicity photo, and
seems to be on the gang's team.
- Gabe Saenz
- Small part. Publicity photos reveal him to be a member of the opposing team.
- Buddy McNeal
- Presumed small part. Photos reveal that he's one of the football players in this film.
- Robert Parrish
- Small part. Parrish describes the scene where Mango is hammering boys on the head, one of whom is
Parrish. This would mean that he was a member of the opposing team. He remembers it being Farina who does the hammering,
but the continuity says it's Mango. He also remembers this being his first Our Gang film, but he worked on
"Olympic Games" (no. 63) previously.
- Carl Busch
- Presumed extra. A 1927 casting directory states that he appeared in this film. Being a younger kid at the
time, I would presume that he's sitting in the stands in this film.
- other kids
- Supporting roles, bit parts and extras.
- (1.) The remaining members of the Gas House Garlics team, presumably numbering nine, including an Italian
garlic-eating boy named "Grange," a boy who bends a horseshoe, a 'hard-boiled'
boy, and the team captain, who might be one of the three already mentioned.
- (2.) The remaining members of the Our Gang team, presumably numbering five.
- (3.) The referee.
- (4.) The 'yell leader,' as the continuity calls him, leading the grandstand cheers. There might be another
one for the opposing team. There is also another reference to a kid with a megaphone, who may or may not be the 'yell
- (5.) The boy that serves as the announcer at the game.
- (6.) The Our Gang team's coach.
- (7.) The little boy and girl who read Jackie's notice.
- (8.) The little boy who drowns cats and the little girls that surround him, each holding a cat.
- (9.) Several kids in the grandstand.
- Pete (no. 1)
- Small part. The cutting continuity doesn't actually name him, but it does mention a dog as part of
the Our Gang team, and Pete is shown in more than one press photo taken for this film.
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- other animals
- Bit parts.
- (1.) The cats being held by the girls that surround the cat-drowning boy.
- (2.) The duck that Farina picks up and runs with, thinking it's the football. After Farina is tackled, the
duck is shown without feathers, so there was probably a second duck used for this shot.
- Martha Sleeper
- Presumed bit part. According to Maltin & Bann, who presumably viewed a promotional photo showing her.
She's not mentioned in the cutting continuity, nor are any other adults.
12 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Nearly a week after shooting had finished for production K-23,
which was either "Playin' Hookey" (no. 65) or "The Smile Wins" (no. 66), the
'start' date for "Yale Vs. Harvard" arrived on June 13th. Filming continued until the 'finish'
date of June 24th. No shooting took place on June 12th, which was a Sunday, but the unit did shoot on Sunday, June 19th,
presumably to allow for an extra day off around the upcoming holiday on July 4th. Robert F. McGowan directed on each of
the shooting dates. Just three days after shooting finished, the Our Gang unit began filming production K-24, which
was either "Playin' Hookey" or "The Smile Wins."
The titles reveal the opposing team to be named the Gas House Garlics, though the kids in the grandstand hold up cards
that spell out 'Third St.'
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B682.
In December 1927, there was a vaudeville act called "Yale Vs. Harvard" which was performed by The Gang Kids.
It isn't clear whether this was an authorized variation of the film or just an opportunistic 'borrowing' of
the title. This act performed in Valparaiso, Indiana, on Dec. 31st.
This film is considered to be lost and is therefore unavailable on video. Most of the information listed above derives
from the cutting continuity, which was submitted for copyright purposes to the Library of Congress.
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