When The Wind Blows

film no. 97

technical details:

Production G-31.

Release no. 256.

Filmed November 29 to December 10, 1929. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

Also filmed in Spanish as "Las fantasmas" with the same production number. The picture negative for the Spanish version survives, but not the soundtrack. The Spanish version was 1,865 ft.

Title sheet prepared by H. M. Walker on December 26, 1929.

Cutting continuity submitted January 24, 1930.

Copyrighted February 10, 1930, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP1061. Renewed June 24, 1957, with registration no. R194352. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2025.

Released April 5, 1930. It was the 97th film in the series to be released.

All-talking two-reeler.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "When The Wind Blows".'

Opening title in Spanish version: 'Hal Roach presenta Sus Actores Chiquitos en "Las Fantasmas".'

King World Productions episode no. 16, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.

the crew:

Produced by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach
This is how Maltin & Bann put it. The film credits Roach as a presenter, and doesn't mention McGowan at all, who was vacationing in Hawaii during the making of this film, as prescribed by his doctor to calm his nerves.
Directed by James W. Horne and Charles Oelze
Horne is the only one credited in the film and by Maltin & Bann. Rob Stone's list reveals that he co-directed with Oelze on the first day of filming. At least one piece of studio documentation lists Horne as Horn. He's also credited in the Spanish version.
Assistant Director: Don Sandstrom
This credit derives from studio documentation.
Photographed by Art Lloyd, A. S. C.
This credit appears in the film. He's also credited in the Spanish version.
Film Editor: Richard Currier
This credit appears in the film. He's also credited in the Spanish version.
Story Editor: H. M. Walker
This credit appears in the film. He's also credited in the Spanish version.
Recording Engineer: Elmer Raguse
This credit appears in the film. He's also credited in the Spanish version.
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
editing - Louis McManus probably edited the Spanish version.
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.
titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles, as well as the Spanish title cards.
animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been among the animal trainers.
Spanish language coach - Probably Miss Laurel Peralta, who is listed in the studio payroll summaries as a Spanish instructor during this period. Since we know that she coached the Our Gang kids in "The First Seven Years" (no. 96), it's reasonable to assume that she continued to do so for "When The Wind Blows." There was another Spanish instructor listed in the summaries named Robert O'Connor, but he may have worked with other filming units. During the week ending Dec. 14th, a Spanish stenographer named Pilar Rives began to be listed.

the kids:

Jackie Cooper as "Jackie"
Lead role. He locks himself out of the house at night and tries to find another place to sleep. The cutting continuity mentions his full name. His character name in the Spanish version was "Juanito." Spanish publicity material lists him as Juanito Cooper.
Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Supporting role. He's spooked by all the noise in his neighborhood. His character name was the same in the Spanish version.
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
Supporting role. He's Jackie's little brother and a constant source of irritation for him. His character name was the same in the Spanish version.
Mary Ann Jackson as "Mary"
Supporting role. She's visited by Jackie in the night. Listed in the cutting continuity as "Mary Ann." Her character name in the Spanish version was "Maria." Spanish publicity material lists her as Maria Jackson.
Norman "Chubby" Chaney as "Chubby"
Small part. He's awakened by a rock thrown at his window by Jackie. His character name was the same in the Spanish version. Spanish publicity material lists him as Chubby Chaney.
Betty Jane Beard as "Hector"
Small part. She's Farina's little brother.
other kids
The only remaining kid is the aristocratic boy on the horse shown in the portrait above Jackie's bed. Publicity photos show this clearly.

the animals:

Pete the Pup (no. 1) as "Petie" aka "Pete"
Supporting role. He seems to be Wheezer's dog more than the family dog, so he attacks Jackie. The spelling of his nickname derives from the cutting continuity. Listed in the press release as "Pete, the pup." His character name was "Pepe" in the Spanish version. Spanish publicity material lists him as "Pepe el perrito."
Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
cat 080
Bit part. Presumably the same tabby as seen previously. He's seen exiting a garbage can.
other animals
Bit parts.
(1.) About five or six other cats that spook Kennedy.
(2.) The horse in the portrait above Jackie's bed.

the adults:

Edgar Kennedy as "Kennedy"
Featured role. He's given onscreen credit in the Blackhawk print. He spends his time trying to find a burglar that doesn't exist, and ends up arresting one that does. He also appeared in the Spanish version with the same character name.
Charles McAvoy as "Henry," Jackie's father
Supporting role. He spanks Jackie for not studying.
Julian Rivero as Jackie's dad
Supporting role. He plays McAvoy's role in the Spanish version
Gertrude Howard as Farina's mom
Small part. She takes the laundry out into the wind. She's listed in the cutting continuity as "Mammy."
Mary Gordon as Chubby's mom
Small part. She's in the same scenes with her husband.
Chet Brandenberg as the flustered man in shirt sleeves.
Bit part. He's the one that comes up to Kennedy to ask where the fire is. I still haven't differentiated him from Ed Brandenberg.
David Sharpe doubling for Jackie Cooper
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. He's seen jumping from the porch. The later shot of Jackie landing on the burglar appears to be a dummy.
Abraham Lincoln
He's shown in a portrait on Jackie's bedroom wall.
other adults
Supporting roles, small part and bit parts.
(1.) The woman who plays Jackie's mother.
(2.) The man who plays Chubby's father.
(3.) The burglar.
(4.) The man who talks to Kennedy early in the film.
(5.) Farina's father, who didn't make it into the finished film.

the music:

"That Old Gang Of Mine" by Ray Henderson
Written in 1923 with lyrics by Billy Rose and Mort Dixon. An instrumental version is played over the opening titles and continues until we see Farina's mother. It returns at the end of the film as Jackie's parents discover the rip in his nightshirt and the end title is shown.
piece 097a
This is played during the opening sequence with Farina and his mother, and Kennedy's first two scenes, where it's interspersed with "Me-ow", piece 080i and piece 097b. It's played again, in part, during Jackie's scene at Farina's house, and as Kennedy first walks in. A small part is played as Chubby snores and a few seconds more of it is played after the rock goes through his window. A small bit of it is played as Jackie's father summons Kennedy.
"Me-ow" by Mel B. Kaufman
Published in 1918 with lyrics by Harry D. Kerr. Part of this is played as Kennedy gets spooked by the cat in the trash can. A shorter bit is played later when Kennedy gets spooked by several cats.
piece 080i
About two seconds of this is played as Farina walks towards the door and turns around to speak to his mother. The same bit is played as Jackie throws the rock at Chubby's window.
piece 097b
This is a short effects piece played as Farina says 'no, not much.' This same bit is played as the rock hits Chubby's window.
"Never Mind Bo Peep" by Victor Herbert
Published in 1903 as part of "Babes In Toyland," with lyrics by Glen MacDonough. An instrumental segment is heard as Jackie gets spanked, which corresponds to the lyrics 'Don't cry, Bo Peep, don't cry.'
"Dance Of The Jacks" by Poldini
Also known as "Danse des Valets." This is played as Jackie's dad scolds him.
piece 080j
This is played as Jackie sits on the tack and the boys go to bed.
"Flirtation" by Sommer
This is played as Jackie's parents look in on him. "Music Box" appears midway through.
"Music Box" by Paul Lincke
This is played as the middle section of "Flirtation."
"Marionette" by Felix Arndt
Published in 1914. This arrangement is by J. S. Zamecnik. This is played as the parents leave and Jackie looks at the portrait of Lincoln.
"Toddling" by Erno Rapee and Dr. William Axt
An edit of this piece is played as Jackie locks himself out.
piece 084h
A split second of this ending bit is played directly after the previous piece, making it clear that the soundtrack for "Wiggle Your Ears" (no. 84) served as a source for some of these tunes.
piece 097c
This is played as Jackie tries to get back in and his mother summons Kennedy.
piece 097d
This is played during the sequence in which Farina is taking care of Hector and is interspersed by piece 084f, piece 097e and piece 097f. It returns in the scene where Kennedy is in Farina's house. It's then played a bit more as Chubby screams and wakes his parents and Kennedy arrives.
piece 084f
This is played as Hector cries.
piece 097e
This is played as Farina rocks the cradle. It returns as Farina rocks the cradle so quickly that it sounds like a fire alarm.
piece 097f
This is a very short piece played as Hector sleeps.
piece 080c
Part of this piece is played as Chubby's parents talk to Kennedy. It's played again as Jackie pulls down the pile of boxes. It's played again during the scene where Jackie takes refuge in Wheezer's room. A very short bit of it is played as Kennedy climbs over the fence. It then is played a last time while Kennedy talks to Jackie's parents.
"Winter March" by Alphons Czibulka
A very short part of this piece is played after the flower pot lands on Kennedy's head.
piece 080b
A couple of seconds of this piece is played as Kennedy's jacket gets caught on the nail.
piece 097h
This is the effects piece played as Kennedy thinks he's being held up.
piece 097i
This is played as Kennedy finally makes it to the window to talk to Jackie's dad.
piece 097j
This is played as Mary writes her letter.
"Mon Homme" by Maurice Yvain
Also known as "My Man." English lyrics were added by Channing Pollack in 1920. Performed in the Ziegfeld Follies by Fanny Brice in 1921. Both instrumental versions from "Wiggle Your Ears" (no. 84) are played in this film back-to-back, while Jackie is in Mary Ann's bedroom.
piece 097k
This is played as Jackie knocks out the burglar.
piece 097l
This piece is similar to piece 097a and is played as Kennedy arrests the burglar.


10 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Nearly two weeks after shooting finished for "The First Seven Years" (no. 96), the 'start' date arrived for "When The Wind Blows" on Nov. 29th. Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Dec. 10th. No shooting took place on Dec. 1st or 8th, which were both Sundays. James W. Horne directed on each of the shooting dates, but shared directorial duties with Charles Oelze on Nov. 29th. After this, over a week passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Bear Shooters" (no. 98).

The reels change as Farina is on the floor rocking the cradle with his foot.

Robert F. McGowan was currently vacationing in Honolulu while this short was being filmed. Reportedly, his doctor ordered him to take six months off, but he was only gone for one.

Publicity photos reveal that Farina had a father in footage deleted from this film.

The press release states that the story takes place in Our Gang Town.

On July 6, 2014, "Las Fantasmas" was screened at the 19th International Sons of the Desert Convention at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B674.


The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 9 (VHS) from Cabin Fever and
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume Two (4 LD set) from Cabin Fever
Released July 6, 1994. Also released as part of 12 VHS boxed set. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage is 19:35. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs. There are also two clips included in the opening advertisement shown on all of the Cabin Fever VHS releases. The 1st lasts 0:03, and shows Pete covering his eyes. The 2nd lasts 0:02, and shows Wheezer and Pete at the window.
The Little Rascals Volume 9: Collector's Edition (VHS) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Aug. 15, 2000. Also included as part of The Little Rascals Volumes 1-10: Collector's Edition (10 VHS set), released Aug. 15, 2000.
The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 9 & Vol. 10 (DVD) from Cabin Fever
Same contents as the Cabin Fever VHS releases. Also released as part of The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited 6 DVD set.
The Little Rascals Digitally Remastered - Collector's Edition III (DVD) from Hallmark Home Entertainment
Released Nov. 15, 2005. This derives from the Cabin Fever release.
The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection (8 DVD set) from Genius Products
Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version.
The Little Rascals Book XV (VHS) from Blackhawk Video
This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening and end titles and the crew credits are remade. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 19:03, but the original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:22.
The Little Rascals Two Reelers Vol. 4 (VHS) from Spotlite Video
Released Nov. 1987. Also included as part of a 6 VHS boxed set. This is the Blackhawk print, but with the company name blacked out.
Adventures Of The Little Rascals (VHS) from Republic Pictures Home Video
Rascal Dazzle (VHS/LD) from Embassy Home Entertainment
Original film released 1981. Video released 1984. A clip lasting 0:03 is included, showing Mary Ann acting shy. Another clip lasting 0:01 is included, showing Pete putting his paws over his eyes, with music added.

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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)
Piet Schreuders (for identifying the tunes common between this film and "Wiggle Your Ears")
Paul Fitzpatrick (for identifying 'Toddling')
Robin Cook (for identifying 'My Man')
Paul Mular (for providing info on the Cabin Fever laserdiscs)

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