Filmed September 3 to 14, 1929. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted December 2, 1929, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP880. Renewed December 19, 1956, with registration no. R182603. This
copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2024.
Released December 7, 1929. It was the 94th film in the series to be released.
All-talking two-reeler, sound on film and disc. (In actuality, there is a little bit of silent footage in this film.) Also released separately as a silent
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Moan & Groan, Inc.".'
- 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.
- Assistant Director: Don Sandstrom
- This credit derives from studio documentation.
- 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. The press release credits him with dialogue.
- Recording Engineer: Elmer Raguse
- This credit appears in the film.
- Story by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit doesn't appear in the film.
- Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
- He was Pete's owner and trainer.
- Teacher: Fern Carter
- Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Indicated in the opening title card.
- 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
- 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's given more attention than any of the other kids, particularly in his dinner scene with Davidson.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
- Supporting role. He's given a fair amount of the dialogue among the kids and shakes hands with Davidson.
- Mary Ann Jackson as "Mary"
- Supporting role. She's also given a fair amount of the dialogue.
- Norman "Chubby" Chaney as "Chubby" aka "Chub"
- Supporting role. He also has a fair amount of the dialogue, particularly with Farina. The publicity photos list his full name without the nickname.
- Betty Jane Beard
- Supporting role. She plays Farina's baby brother, and is cared for by Kennedy in this film. There's a temptation to identify her character as "Trellis,"
much like Jannie Hoskins' character in "Lazy Days," but it sounds like Officer Kennedy is actually saying "tell us." This is what the captions in the
ClassicFlix release say, in any event.
- Jackie Cooper as "Jack"
- Supporting role. He's mostly an ensemble player in this film, but has a few lines along the way. His full name is used in the publicity photos. His character name
doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but it's written on the fence, along with several other kids' names, in the opening shot.
- Bobby Mallon
- Supporting role. He's also an ensemble player, but has a little bit of dialogue.
- Jay R. Smith
- Small part. He's the one that provides the sergeant with the Japanese handcuffs. He's identified in the cutting continuity as "Junior." This was his final
appearance in the series.
- Pete the Pup (no. 1) as "Petie" aka "Pete"
- Supporting role. He's present through the whole film, and is featured in the dinner scene. If the press releases for the films are any indication, this was the point when
'the Pup' became part of his name. To be specific, he was listed as 'Pete the pup' at this point. It was also common to see a comma as part of his name for the
first year or so. In the dialogue, he's called "Petie," but on the fence in the opening shot, he's called "Pete."
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- other animals
- Bit part. A white mouse crawls up Kennedy's pantsleg.
- Edgar Kennedy as "Mr. Kennedy" aka "Kennedy the Cop" aka "Officer Kennedy"
- Featured role. He enters the house to rescue the kids, but is spooked by the lunatic.
- Max Davidson as the nut
- Featured role. He inhabits the house and gives the kids a good scare.
- Westcott Clarke as the police sergeant
- Supporting role. He admonishes Kennedy and then has to walk down the sidewalk in Japanese handcuffs.
- Gertrude Howard as Farina's mother
- Small part. She has a short scene speaking with Kennedy.
- other adults
- Small parts and extras.
- (1.) Three men and one woman walk down the sidewalk past the sergeant, who's trying to free himself from the Japanese handcuffs. The payroll ledger reveals that
several extras worked on Sep. 11th, the same day as Clarke, with most winding up on the cutting room floor. One of these was Sammy Brooks, who's definitely not one of
the men we see in the film. The others were Martha Gilbert, Edith Scott, Georgia Summers, Pete Gordon, Robert Burge, Richard Johnstone,
Roy Nye, Al Olds, Ralph Peterson and H. M. Whinney.
- (2.) The payroll ledger reveals some additional people who worked in the film, but didn't wind up in the finished product. On Sep. 13th, the studio spent $40
on the extras for this production, but it isn't clear which of these worked in the Our Gang film as opposed to the current Laurel & Hardy production, which was "The
Hoose-Gow." Two of these were Charlie Hall and Ham Kinsey, who each made $20. However, two more players made $10 each, these being Dan
Peterson and Sam Lufkin. Hall, Kinsey and Lufkin all appeared in the Laurel & Hardy short, but obviously not all on this date. I'm not sure about Peterson.
It's clear that either Hall or Kinsey or both appeared in the Our Gang film, and if only one of them did, then so did Peterson and Lufkin. To make things even more
complicated, somebody worked in the Our Gang film on Sep. 18th (after filming had apparently wrapped) for $10. It appears that this was probably Chet
Brandenburg, who's listed in the ledger as Chet Brandy, but there were plenty of others making that amount that day.
- "Runnin' Wild" by A. Harrington Gibbs
- Published in 1922 with lyrics by Joe Grey and Leo Woods. Ted Lewis and His Band had a number 9 hit with an instrumental version in 1923. An instrumental version is played
over the opening titles of this film.
- "Turkey In The Straw" by John Renfro Davis
- This was originally a fiddle instrumental called "Natchez Under The Hill". It was published with lyrics in 1834 as "Old Zip Coon." In this film, it's
sung by Kennedy as he stands on his head.
- "The Wearing Of The Green"
- This song was written during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and is often attributed to Dion Boucicault, who was born several years later and published the song during the 19th
century. In this film, Kennedy sings and hums this song as he changes the baby's diaper.
- Arnaz Ranch House
- This is the "powder house" that Kennedy warns the kids about, as revealed in Chris Bungo's YouTube video. We see a long shot of it up a dirt road off of
Robertson Boulevard. The house and its acreage, which were on the tract of land adjacent to the northern boundary of the Roach Ranch, have been replaced by a residential
neighborhood. There is a slight discrepancy about which modern home sits on the site of the old mansion, with Chris placing it approximately at 1929 South Crest Drive and the
Cheviot Hills History website putting it at 1924 South Crest. As I eyeball the aerial photo on the website and compare it to the Google Maps aerial view, it looks to me like it
was closer to 1912 South Crest.
- Carson and Hubbard Streets, Culver City
- These are parallel streets that both dead-end at the Roach studio property. Thanks to Chris Bungo's video, we now know where Edgar Kennedy and Gertrude Howard
interact early in the film. Kennedy changes the baby's diaper in front of 8857 Carson. Nearby, Howard watches him with amusement, and beyond her are some houses situated on
Hubbard, including 8909 Hubbard.
- Hal E. Roach Studios
- The scenes of Kennedy entertaining the baby and interacting with Clarke, and Clarke's walk down the sidewalk all appear to have been shot on the exterior New York set at
the Roach studio.
11 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Seven weeks passed between the final day of shooting for "Bouncing Babies" (no. 93) and the
'start' date for "Moan & Groan, Inc." on Sep. 3rd. The studio had been closed for over four of those weeks. Filming began the day after Labor Day and
continued until the 'finish' date of Sep. 14th. No shooting took place on Sep. 8th, which was a Sunday. Robert F. McGowan directed on each of the shooting dates. After
this, two weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Shivering Shakespeare" (no. 95).
In the opening scene, there are caricatures of the kids on the fence with their names included. Most of the names are illegible, but Farina and Chubby can both be made out, as
well as a mystery kid named Ernie.
Studio documentation indicates that the running time is 20 minutes 7 seconds, and that the film was 2000 feet.
A publicity photo reveals a possible deleted scene in which Kennedy and Davidson end up in a puddle outside the house.
This film was removed from King World's TV package in the early 70s.
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 20 (VHS) from
Cabin Fever and
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Four (3 LD set) from
- Released 1995. This is a complete print with very good picture quality. The footage totals 20:36. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- The Little Rascals Book XII (VHS) from
- This is a home movie print from Blackhawk entitled "Moan And Groan." The opening titles and crew credits are remade, and the end credits appear to derive from
another source. The picture quality is good. The original footage totals 20:07, although the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:17.
- The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from
- Released Oct. 28, 2008. This is the Blackhawk print.
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