Edison Marconi & Co.

film no. 73

technical details:

Production G-7.

Filmed December 16 to 28, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Title sheet prepared by H. M. Walker on January 13, 1928.

Cutting continuity submitted January 21, 1928.

Copyrighted March 10, 1928, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP25215. Renewed August 11, 1955, with registration no. R154161. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2023.

Released March 10, 1928. It was the 73rd film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Edison, Marconi & Co."'

the crew:

Produced by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach
The film credits Roach as a presenter, and designates it as "A Robert McGowan Production." Maltin & Bann list Roach only for this credit.
Supervised by Robert F. McGowan
This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
Directed by Robert F. McGowan and Anthony Mack
The film gives sole credit to Mack, who was actually Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan, the nephew of Robert F. According to the 1927 studio datebook, the uncle directed on all but one day of shooting. It isn't clear which of the two directed on Dec. 28th.
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 includes animated sound effects.
Story by Robert F. McGowan
This credit appears on the title page of the cutting continuity.
Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
He was Pete's owner and trainer.
Teacher: Fern Carter
Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
As indicated in the opening title card.
Passed by the National Board of Review
As indicated in the film.
All Rights Reserved Under International Convention of Buenos Aires
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 - Robert A. McGowan, Jean Yarbrough, Charlie Hall and Hal Yates may have been among the gag writers.
property department - Charles Oelze, Don Sandstrom and Thomas Benton Roberts were probably involved in this capacity.

the kids:

Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
Lead role. He takes the gang on a wild ride in their submarine car.
Jay R. Smith as "Jay" aka "J. Edison Westinghouse Smith"
Featured role. He's the inventor that's designed the car.
Allen "Farina" Hoskins
Supporting role. The nickname doesn't appear in the titles. He's given several funny bits of business along the way.
Joe Cobb
Supporting role. He gets a decent amount of the dialogue, but is mostly along for the ride (pardon the pun).
Harry Spear
Supporting role. He's mostly part of the ensemble in this film.
Jackie Condon
Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.
questionable listings
Maltin & Bann list both Jean Darling and Mildred Kornman, but the cutting continuity doesn't mention them. The cutting continuity mentions two nameless boys, one of whom turns out to be Harry, but the other isn't revealed. However, he's probably Jackie Condon.

the animals:

Pete (no. 1)
Supporting role. He helps Wheezer take his nightgown off, and otherwise is present in the gang's garage.
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
other animals
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) The owl that turns his head as the car passes.
(2.) The mule running down the alley from the car.
(3.) The chickens that the car drives through.

the adults:

Supporting roles, bit parts and extras.
(1.) Jay's mother, who hasn't much faith in his future.
(2.) Jay's father, a gas inspector, who believes in his son.
(3.) The painter who loses his ladder.
(4.) The man pushed into the water and his friend who soon joins him.
(5.) The fire chief and the other firemen, and the man who jumps from the building.
(6.) The four men whose faces are blackened with soot.
(7.) The cop with the whistle.
(8.) The man with the baby buggy.
(9.) The man who loses his pants.
(10.) The man blowing up the stump.
(11.) The motorcycle cop.
(12.) There are probably several additional pedestrians and drivers shown.


7 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Filming was still ongoing for "Rainy Days" (no. 72) when the 'start' date for "Edison, Marconi & Co." arrived on Dec. 16th. It's probable that the footage being shot for "Rainy Days" involved animation, and that the Our Gang unit was chiefly involved with "Edison, Marconi & Co." Shooting continued until Dec. 22nd with Robert F. McGowan directing. No shooting took place on Dec. 18th, which was a Sunday. On Dec. 21st, activity was divided between "Edison, Marconi & Co." and "Barnum & Ringling, Inc." (no. 74), while on Dec. 22nd, it was divided between all three films. After this, Anthony Mack (listed as McGowan, Jr.) began directing "Rainy Days," while McGowan (listed as McGowan, Sr.) continued with "Barnum & Ringling, Inc." Work on "Edison, Marconi & Co." didn't resume until Dec. 28th, when all three films were again in production. It isn't clear which of the two directed "Edison, Marconi & Co." on this date, but it was the date on which the film was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Dec. 25th, which was both Christmas and a Sunday, nor on the 26th or 27th. After this, shooting continued for "Barnum & Ringling, Inc." into 1928.

The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B401.


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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Rob Stone (for providing the production number and shooting dates)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)

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