Filmed March 24 to April 5, 1924. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted May 29, 1924, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU20261. Since the copyright was not renewed,
this film is now in the public domain.
Released August 24, 1924. It was the 29th film in the series to be released.
A 20-second clip from this film was used in the Boy Friends comedy "Too Many Women." (Or it might
possibly be from "Jubilo, Jr." since the footage isn't seen in any available prints of either Our Gang
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "High
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1051, "Mickey's New Home," copyrighted
Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17356. Footage also went into episode no. 1080, "Play Ball!!"
copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP18381, and recopyrighted May 16, 1961, with registration number
- 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 Frank Young
- This credit appears in the film, but not in the book.
- Edited by T. J. Crizer
- This credit appears in the film, but not in the book. The 'T' stands for Thomas.
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit appears in the film.
- Props by Charles Oelze
- This credit derives from Oelze's payroll status as Our Gang prop man during this period.
- Story by Hal E. Roach and Frank Capra
- This credit doesn't appear in the film. Even Maltin & Bann leave out Capra's name, but he
submitted the story treatment.
- Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
- He was Pal's trainer.
- Teacher: Fern Carter
- Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- As indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- general manager - Warren Doane
- assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- construction supervisor - C. E. Christensen
- laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
- publicity director - Garrett Graham
- purchasing agent - Clyde Hopkins
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- possible uncredited involvement
- writing - Robert F. McGowan,
Thomas J. Crizer and
James Parrott may have been among the gag writers.
- Mickey Daniels as "Mickey Kelly"
- Lead role. He's the star of the film, appearing in virtually every scene.
- Jackie Condon as "Percy" aka "Percival"
- Featured role. In a departure from his usual character, he plays a bratty rich kid, and gets quite a lot of footage.
- Mary Kornman as "Mary"
- Featured role. She and Mickey have a mutual affection going on in this film.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Featured role. The nickname doesn't appear in these prints. His big scene is with the parrot and the pastries.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Supporting role. His big scene is the one where he's stealing fruit.
- Andy Samuel
- Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble acting in this film.
- George "Sonny Boy" Warde
- Supporting role. Maltin & Bann list him as Sonny Loy Warde (he was later known as Sonny Loy).
He does mostly ensemble acting.
- Supporting role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He appears frequently throughout the film.
- parrot 008
- Small part. Presumably the same parrot from "The Cobbler" (no. 8), he's one of the
many animals in the series to get drunk.
- other animals
- Bit parts.
- (1.) A cat covered in feathers.
- (2.) Six horses pulling two fire wagons.
- (3.) About three fish in a bowl.
- Pat Kelly as "Uncle Pat" aka "Patrick Shamrock Kelly"
- Featured role. He's second only to Mickey in significance for this film.
- F. F. Guenste as the butler
- Featured role. He's shown frequently, particularly when he's giving Mickey a bath, and suffers
during the gang's visit to the house.
- woman 022 as "Aunt Kate" aka "Kate Kelly"
- Supporting role. Known as "Aunt Mary" in the TV print. She's given a sizable part in this
- man 030 as the cop
- Supporting role. This would be the cop that puts a scare into the kids, but he's actually a nice guy.
- other adults
- Small parts, bit parts and extras.
- (1.) The fruit vendor. The gang steals his fruit, but he's still there to bid farewell to Mickey.
- (2.) The man who comes to deliver Mickey to his new home, presumably a child welfare agent.
- (3.) The maid, seen briefly putting up with Jackie.
- (4.) Several cops, firemen, and ambulance workers. There are also plainclothes policemen. Maltin & Bann list
Charles Bachman and Jack Gavin among them, but I can't spot them in these prints. They also list Sam
Lufkin, but I still need to find out what he looks like.
- Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- Mickey lives in the back of the building at 3316 Motor, which eventually housed the Master Mfg.
Co.. As he's running down the street towards the cop, he passes the Palms Chamber Of Commerce on the east
side of the 3300 block. This building would soon be home to the Mitholithic Mfg. Co. after the chamber moved to the next
block. The northeast corner of Motor and Woodbine is where the cop is standing, and Mickey knocks him down. The brick
building is the People's Water Company at 3392 Motor. Later, Mickey meets Mary as he walks out of the
grocery store at 3384 Motor. A sign on the door reads 'Mark Twain.' As the two of them ride on Mickey's
scooter, they crash in front of the vacant lot on the northwest corner of Motor and Woodbine. Visible in the background
are the house at 3359 Motor and the Palms Hardware Co. at 3351 Motor. When the boys are stealing from the fruit
vendor, they set up their contraption in front of the realty company on the west side of the 3300 block seen in
earlier films like "Fire Fighters" (no. 2). The fruit stand is under the brick arch of Arden Grocery. The
Palms Press, seen as recently as "Seein' Things" (no. 25) next to the realty company, was torn down
by this time.
- the fire stations
- The first station is next to a building that says "Hardware Paints & Oils." The second
station also appears to be authentic, and next to a building with a sign that appears to say
- L. A. Police
- The police leave from a location with a sign that reads "L. A. Police" followed by another
12 shooting dates went into the making of this film. A week and a half after the final retakes for "It's A
Bear" (no. 27), the 'start' date for "High Society" arrived on Mar. 24th. Shooting
continued until the 'finish' date of Apr. 5th. No shooting took place on Mar. 30th, which was a Sunday. The 1924
datebook indicates that some Our Gang 'tests' were shot on Tuesday, Apr. 8th, with no production number given.
Other than this, two weeks passed before the unit began shooting "The Sun Down Limited" (no. 31).
The 1924 studio datebook reveals what the weather was like on the various shooting dates. On most days, it was
described as 'clear,' with 'rain' on Mar. 26th, and the weather described as 'cloudy' on Apr. 3rd,
and 'raining' on Apr. 4th. No description was given for Sunday the 3rd.
This film was the fifth of six in the fifth 'series' of Our Gang films.
There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
The letter authorizing Aunt Kate to take custody of Mickey is dated June 17.
The papers for Mickey's adoption are signed by a judge named L. A. French. He was actually the purchasing
agent for the studio and later became production manager.
- Laurel and Hardy and Friends - Volume Six
(VHS) from Hal Roach Studios
- Released Dec. 15, 1998. This copy has the original opening titles, but the inter-titles are remade,
although the wording seems original. There is, however, a joke about President Hoover, suggesting that the original
referred to Coolidge. The picture quality is good. The ending title is by a company called Atlas, and is followed by the
Pathécomedy title card and then the Pathé rooster. The footage totals 25:09, with about 21:45 of it
original. Ignoring the inter-titles, most of the original film is included.
- The Our Gang Collection - Volume 3
(DVD) from Reelclassicdvd.com
- Released July 2007. This is comparable to the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" version, but
without the Atlas end title. The footage totals 24:30, with about 21:30 of it original.
- Rascals Silents Vol. 3 (VHS) from
- This seems to be the same version that appears on the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends"
- Our Gang Comedies (3 LD set) from
MGM/UA Home Video
- Released 1994. This version is essentially the same as the one on the "Laurel and Hardy and
Friends" release. The footage totals 24:54, with about 21:30 of it original.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 2 (VHS) from
Video Classics and
- Our Gang Comedies II
(VHS) from The Picture Palace
- This copy is essentially the same as the one listed above, but the picture quality isn't quite as
good. The ending title is generic, but is then followed by the Pathé rooster and the subsequent original ending
- Rascals Silents Vol. 1 (VHS) from
- This copy has a new opening title card and no crew credits. Otherwise, it's very similar to the Video
Classics version, except that bits of footage are cut out here and there, and the projection speed is faster. The print
totals 17:45, with about 15:30 of it original footage.
- Our Gang Volume #4 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and also from
The Picture Palace
- This copy is a TV print from the Mischief Makers series entitled "Mickey's New
Home." The print totals 12:26, with 11:59 of it original footage. Roughly two-thirds of the original film
is included. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 3 (VHS)
- This is the Mischief Makers print.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 5 (VHS)
- This copy derives from the MGM/UA laserdisc.
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