Filmed April 17 to 25, 1929. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by H. M. Walker on May 27, 1929.
Cutting continuity submitted June 10, 1929.
Released June 15, 1929. It was the 88th film in the series to be released.
All-talking two-reeler, sound on disc only. (In actuality, there is a very small amount of silent footage in this film.)
Copyrighted December 9, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP892. Renewed
December 19, 1956, with registration no. R182606. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2024.
Opening title: "Our Gang" Comedies; Hal Roach presents His Rascals' Voices in
- Produced by Robert F. McGowan for
- This is the way Maltin & Bann put it. The film credits Roach as a presenter, with a separate credit
reading "A Robert McGowan Production."
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd and F. E. Hershey
- This credit appears in the film.
- Film Editor: Richard Currier
- This credit appears in the film.
- Story Editor: H. M. Walker
- This credit appears in the film.
- Recording Engineer: Elmer Raguse
- Studio documentation verifies his participation, and indicates that he was employed by Victor.
- Story by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit doesn't appear in the film. The press release also credits him with the dialogue.
- Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
- He was Pete's owner and trainer.
- Teacher: Fern Carter
- Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Indicated in the opening credits.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- As indicated in the film.
- A Victor Recording, Western Electric System
- As indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- general manager - Warren Doane
assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- assistant secretary - Mat O'Brien
- 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 - Possibly Charles Oelze.
- cutting - Possibly Lloyd Campbell.
- writing - Robert A. McGowan, Jean Yarbrough, Charlie Hall, Harry Keaton and Carl
Harbaugh may have been among the gag writers.
- property department - Charles Oelze, Don
Sandstrom, Thomas Benton Roberts and Bob Saunders were probably involved in this capacity.
- animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been
among the animal trainers.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Featured role. He repeatedly gets run over by the train, and then joins Joe and Harry for their wild ride.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe" aka "Jody"
- Featured role. His father is the engineer, so Joe shows Harry the engine, and doesn't know how to
stop it once Loco Joe starts it up.
- Harry Spear as "Harry"
- Supporting role. He talks Joe into showing him the engine, and then is present throughout the wild ride.
- Norman "Chubby" Chaney as "Chubby" aka "Chub"
- Supporting role. He's with Joe at the beginning of the film and later helps Farina to free himself
from the track. This was his first appearance in the series. He's identified in the publicity photos by his real name
even though the nickname was used in the film.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
- Supporting role. The nickname isn't used in this film. He's seen with the girls throughout the film.
- Mary Ann Jackson
- Supporting role. She's with Wheezer and Jean in an open-air car, and sings "I Faw Down And Go Boom."
- Jean Darling
- Supporting role. She's also in the open-air car, accompanying Mary Ann on banjo, but otherwise
isn't given much of anything specific to do. Her pigtails were retained from the previous film, "Small Talk"
(no. 89), since it was in keeping with her role as one of the 'small vagabonds.'
- other kids
- Extra. The only remaining kid is the girl who's shown in the other train sitting next to Bob McGowan.
- Pete (no. 1)
- Small part. He's in the open-air car with Wheezer and the girls, but is given very little to do.
The cutting continuity identifies him simply as 'dog.'
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film (but is cut from the Cabin Fever print).
- other animals
- Bit parts.
- (1.) The chicken that lays the egg.
- (2.) The billy goat being bottle-fed by Wheezer. According to the press release, this goat belonged to Harry Spear.
- Otto Fries as "Otto," Joe's dad
- Supporting role. He's shown at the beginning and end of the film. Publicity photos misspell his last
- Ed Thomas as "Ed"
- Supporting role. He's the other engineer that works with Fries. The cutting continuity identifies him as a fireman.
- Ed Brandenburg as "Bob," the brakeman
- Bit part. He's the first to come up to the boys after they get off the train.
- Charles A. Bachman as a train conductor
- Bit part. He works on the other train, and warns the other conductors of the runaway train coming towards them.
- Bob McGowan as a train passenger
- Bit part. In the first shot, he's seen sleeping to the right of the car. In the second shot, he's in the aisle and stumbling
- Carolyn Chaney as a train passenger
- Extra. In the shots showing the inside of the other train, she's sitting in an aisle seat right next to Bachman as
he says his line. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Mrs. Norman T. Chaney, even though her husband was William J. Chaney.
- Dorothy Hamilton Darling as a train passenger
- Extra. She's sitting at the window seat next to Mrs. Chaney.
- other adults
- Supporting roles, small parts, bit parts and extras.
- (1.) "Loco Joe," the lunatic that starts up the engine.
- (2.) The two engineers of the other train.
- (3.) Three additional women and two additional men on the other train. I suspect that the woman sitting directly behind Mrs. Chaney is Mary Ann
Jackson's mother, which is a bit more convincing in the second shot when McGowan stumbles.
- (4.) The grocery truck driver, who Maltin & Bann list as Jack Hill, but it's impossible to tell in
the film. Perhaps there's a photograph that reveals this.
- (5.) The engineer of the train that blows steam on Farina and Harry at the beginning of the film.
- (6.) Various pedestrians, drivers and streetcar passengers shown in the background, as well as a few railroad workers.
- "I Faw Down And Go Boom" by James Brockman and Leonard Stevens
- Published in 1928. This is sung by Mary Ann. At the time, it was a hit (peaking at no. 15 on April
20, 1929) for Eddie Cantor.
- music in alternate prints
- "That Old Gang Of Mine" by Ray Henderson
- Written in 1923 with lyrics by Billy Rose and Mort Dixon. This version is an instrumental. It appears at
the end title, but not in the Blackhawk print, suggesting that it was probably not an original part of the film.
- Santa Fe railroad yards
- The tracks run along the west side of the Los Angeles River. The roundhouse is just north of Washington
Boulevard. In his book Following The Comedy Trail, author Leon Smith mentions the Olympic Boulevard Bridge, which
is north of this location. It can best be seen right after Joe convinces Farina not to jump from the train. Smith also
mentions the 4th Street Viaduct as appearing behind the open-air car in which Wheezer and the girls are playing, but
it doesn't match the photo in his book, and looks more like the Olympic Boulevard Bridge. He also mentions that the
Sears Building (at 2675 East 12th Street) is shown numerous times, but this doesn't match the photo in his
book, either. Maltin & Bann state that some of the location footage was shot behind the Samuel Goldwyn studio near
Santa Monica Boulevard, which is a pretty good distance from these other locations. They mention some identifying oil
cylinders in that area. This location can also be seen in Laurel & Hardy's "Berth Marks" and Charlie
Chaplin's "The Kid."
- The Optimistic Donut
- There are numerous buildings with signs on them seen during the runaway train sequence, but most of them are too blurry
to read. However, there is a sign for "The Optimistic Donut," a bakery that sponsored a popular radio program
called "The Optimistic Doughnut Hour."
- F streetcar
- Or perhaps it's the E. At one point, the train races past this streetcar, so the location footage was
shot somewhere along this streetcar line.
8 shooting dates went into the making of this film. A week and a half after shooting finished for "Small
Talk" (no. 89), the 'start' date for "Railroadin'" arrived on Apr. 17th. Shooting
continued until the 'finish' date of Apr. 25th. No shooting took place on Apr. 21st, which was a Sunday. Robert F.
McGowan directed on each of the shooting dates. After this, two and a half weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began
shooting "Boxing Gloves" (no. 91). It should be noted that the press release for this film states that
twelve shooting dates were spent with the engine.
During the runaway train sequence, some election posters can be seen, but I can't make out who it was that was
running for office.
Another poster seen during the runaway train sequence advertised the 1928 feature "Abie's Irish Rose."
Among the items in the railway car inhabited by Jean, Mary, and Wheezer, is a box of Edison Mazda Lamps, which figured
more prominently in "Bouncing Babies" (no. 93).
The first reel ends when Farina says "I wish ah wasn't where ah ain't."
The press release refers to the kids as the six Roach Rascals.
During the scene where the two engines are heading towards each other, the gang is in engine no. 1272 while the
opposing train is engine no. 1373. However, earlier shots show the gang in engine no. 1373. According to studio publicity,
'1373' was the runaway engine, and the gang made it a certified member of its Whangeedoodle Club, with Joe as
president, Harry as secretary, and Farina as treasurer.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B573.
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 15
(VHS) from Cabin Fever and
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume
Three (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
- Released 1995. This is a nearly complete print, missing only the MGM lion at the beginning. The picture
quality is very good. The total footage is 18:40. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection
(8 DVD set) from Genius Products
- Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version. There are also four clips from
this film included in the documentary The Story Of Hal Roach And Our Gang.
- The Little Rascals Comedy Classics Vol. 1
(VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
- Released Apr. 1991. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening and end titles are remade. The
crew credits are a negative image freeze frame of the original. The picture quality is good. The original footage totals
18:15, but the original soundtrack lasts for an additional 0:23.
- The Little Rascals Book I (VHS) from
- This is the Blackhawk print.
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