Filmed April 13 to 24, 1925, except for the circus parade footage, which derives from "Jubilo, Jr." (no.
29), and was shot sometime between February 25 and March 8, 1924. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for
Copyrighted July 6, 1925, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. MU3100. Since the copyright was not renewed,
this film is now in the public domain.
Released July 26, 1925. It was the 41st film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Boys Will Be
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1006, "Carnival Time," copyrighted Sep. 1,
1960, with registration number LP17311.
Supporting role. She does mostly ensemble acting in this film.
Supporting role. She provides occasional comedy relief, first as the boys are trying to read their
blueprint, then later when she visits the skunk. The narrators of the Mischief Makers print refer to her as a boy
Bit part. He's among the boys building and operating the rides.
Bit part. He's the blonde boy that takes a look at the skunk. Previously in "Every Man For
Himself" (no. 32) and "Ask Grandma" (no. 38).
Bit part. This looks like one of the boys from "A Quiet Street" (no. 5). He's the
one in charge of the weighing machine.
Bit part. He appears briefly with one of the black boys. This was his series debut.
Bit part. He's the spokesman for the boys that are tired of working and want to go on the rides. The
narrators of the Mischief Makers print refer to him as "Lenny."
Bit part. This might be the first boy helped onto the roller coaster by the old man.
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) The black boy known as "The Grate Affrican Dodger."
(2.) The boy playing catcher in the baseball game.
(3.) The black boy shown talking to Jay. He could possibly be the same black boy from "Official
Officers" (no. 40), but a better print is needed to confirm this.
(4.) Four additional players at the baseball game.
(5.) Probably at least ten more boys helping to operate rides other than the ones I've specified. The
narrators of the Mischief Makers refer to the boy in the dunking machine as "Charlie."
(6.) Dozens of kids attending the gang's fair.
Maltin & Bann list Andy Samuel, but I can't spot him in these prints. It might just be
that he's part of the "Jubilo, Jr." (no. 29) footage, but even that's difficult to confirm. Just
possibly, he might be the tallest boy among the ones working at the fair. The narrators of the Mischief Makers
print refer to the boy holding onto the man pushing the airplane ride as "Charlie." They refer to the boy who
looks scared on the roller coaster as "Dickie." And the Asian boy riding Spark Plug on the
merry-go-round? They call him "Snowball," which means they probably thought this was Jannie
Supporting role. Listed as Dinah the Mule by Maltin & Bann. This is the donkey pulling the gang's
wagon. The chauffeur has quite a job getting him out of the limo. Previously seen in "Official Officers"
(no. 40). The narrators of the Mischief Makers print refer to this donkey as "Slowpoke."
Small part. He's shown mostly as the gang goes to visit the millionaire.
Small part. This is the small white dog that also accompanies the gang on their visit. Later called
"Magnolia" in "Thundering Fleas" (no. 51).
Bit part. Presumably the same skunk as seen previously, as usual, it provides the closing gag.
Bit part. Also appearing is a pig that seems to be a prize at one of the booths.
Paul Weigel as "Henry Mills," board chairman
Lead role. He's virtually the star of the film, deciding that he'd rather partake in boyhood
games than take his company seriously.
Hayes Robertson as the chauffeur
Featured role. Previously appeared in "The Big Town" (no. 34). He provides a lot of the
comic moments in this film.
George B. French as one of the board members
Small part. He seems to be the spokesman for the rest of the board members.
Charles Bachman as "Jim," the surveyor
Small part. He appears early in the film to let the gang know their lot is going to be taken from them.
Eric Mayne as one of the board members
Small part. He's the bearded guy that runs the water ride with Weigel.
Chris Lynton as one of the board members
Small part. He's the one that gets the hammer on his foot. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Allen Cavan.
Charley Lloyd as one of the board members
Small part. He can be seen mainly during the board meeting. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Charley Young.
William Gillespie as one of the board members
Small part. He's pretty hard to spot, but I'm pretty sure he's there.
Noah Young as the police officer
Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. I guess it kind of looks like him, but there's too much shadow.
Bit parts and extras.
(1.) Six remaining members of the board of directors. Maltin & Bann list William A. Orlamond, but I
don't think he's in this film. He may be the man working at the top of the roller coaster. Also, is the man
lugging sandbags the same one that wants success in "Shivering Spooks" (no. 52)?
(2.) The receptionist at the company. Looks like the receptionist from "Mike Fright" (no. 130).
(3.) The store owner whose window is broken by the baseball.
(4.) Two additional surveyors.
(5.) Several people shown in the opening footage of a real amusement park, particularly those shown on the roller
Adams Hotel, Culver City
As the kids ride in Weigel's car, it goes west on Washington Boulevard and passes this hotel. Also
seen is the side of the hotel facing Main Street, which ends in a T-intersection at Washington. We also just barely
get a glimpse of the corner of the Culver Hotel before the shot ends.
Culver Palms Market
Just prior to arriving at the ball game, Weigel's car drives past this business, which has a gas
station just to the right of it. The name of the business suggests a Venice Boulevard location, since that's
approximately where Culver City and Palms meet.
The location of the kids' amusement park is the same one that served as the football field in
"Washee Ironee" (no. 131).
Santa Monica Pier
Brief shots of this amusement park are shown at the start of the film, with views of the Whirlwind Dipper
roller coaster and the Hippodrome, which housed the carousel.
11 shooting dates went into the making of this film. About a week and a half after the finish date for "Mary,
Queen Of Tots" (no. 41), the 'start' date arrived for "Boys Will Be Joys" on Apr. 13th.
Shooting continued until the 'finish' date of Apr. 24th. No shooting took place on Apr. 12th and 19th, which were
both Sundays. After this, about four and a half weeks passed before shooting started on "Better Movies" (no.
43). Edited into "Boys Will Be Joys" was circus parade footage from "Jubilo, Jr." (no.
29), which had been shot between Feb. 25th and Mar. 8th, 1924.
There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
These copies are mostly original, but with a remade ending title. The picture quality is fairly good, and
most of the footage seen in other available prints is contained here. There's about five seconds of repeated footage
near the beginning, which seems to overlap a missing portion of the film, including one of the inter-titles otherwise
shown in the Grapevine version listed below. The print totals 19-44, with 19:31 of it original footage. Most of
the original film is included.
This copy is essentially the same as Encore's, but the picture quality is poor, and there is some
footage missing. It does contain one inter-title missing from the Encore version, though. The print totals 18:27,
with 18:24 of it original footage. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
This copy is a TV print from the Mischief Makers series entitled "Carnival Time." The
footage shown in the first volume of "Our Gang Comedy Festival" is deleted from this version. The initials
'GT' are superimposed in the lower right-hand corner throughout the print, and the VHS is in LP mode. The
original footage totals 7:53. This VHS was included as part of the
Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack, while the DVD
was included as part of a 5 DVD set of the same name released Mar. 2004.
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) Matthew Lydick (for the correct spelling of Gabe Saenz's last name) Robin Cook (for noticing the extra inter-title in the Grapevine version) Mark Brumfield