One Wild Ride

film no. 45

technical details:

Production K-3.

Filmed July 30, to August 4, 1925. It's likely that unused footage from "Your Own Back Yard" (no. 44) went into this film. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.

On July 30 and August 1, 1925, photographer Len Powers shot the live-action footage of the Pathé rooster shown at the end of the films released over the next couple of years.

Copyrighted November 6, 1925, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU21978. Since the copyright was not renewed, this film is now in the public domain.

Released December 6, 1925. It was the 45th film in the series to be released.

Silent two-reeler.

Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "One Wild Ride".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1012, "Runaway Taxi," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17317.

the crew:

Produced by Hal Roach
Probably credited in the film as a presenter.
Supervised by F. Richard Jones
Probably credited in the film as supervising director.
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
This credit probably appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
Assistant Director: Robert A. McGowan
Later credited as Anthony Mack. This credit derives from his payroll status as an Our Gang assistant director during this period.
Photographed by Art Lloyd
This credit derives from Lloyd's payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this period.
Edited by Richard Currier
This credit probably appears in the film.
Titles by H. M. Walker
This credit probably appears in the film.
Props by Charles Oelze and Ernest Tucker
This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period.
Music Compiled by James C. Bradford
This according to the Thematic Music Cue Sheet that accompanied the pressbook for this film.
Story by Hal E. Roach
This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.
Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
He was Pal's trainer.
Released by Pathé Exchange, Inc.
Passed by the National Board of Review
Probably 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
still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
transportation director - Bob Davis
school teacher - Fern Carter was probably away from the studio while this film was being made, though the payroll summaries reveal that she was receiving her salary during this period.
possible uncredited involvement
writing - According to the pressbook for this film, Robert F. McGowan was in charge of developing the stories during this period, suggesting that Roach's credit, as shown above, was somewhat honorary. Carl Harbaugh, Hal Yates, Frank Terry and James Parrott may have been among the gag writers.

the kids:

Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
Lead role. He's essentially the star of the film. The gang leaves him out of their activities, so he ends up taking their taxi.
Mickey Daniels as "Mickey"
Featured role. His mother makes him do chores, but he soons join the other boys for a ride.
Mary Kornman as "Mary"
Featured role. Her situation is essentially repeated from "Mary, Queen Of Tots" (no. 41). She switches dresses with the other girl so she can ride along with the gang.
Joe Cobb as "Joe"
Supporting role. He's left having to take care of his baby brother, but uses some ingenuity to get out of it and join the gang.
Johnny Downs as "Johnnie"
Supporting role. He's the one with the taxi service.
Jackie Condon as "Jackie"
Supporting role. He assists Johnny with his taxi service.
Jackie "Husky" Hanes as "Bellingham"
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann, but it looks like him. He's Joe's little brother.
other kids
Small part and extras.
(1.) The first girl to take a ride on the taxi, who then switches dresses with Mary.
(2.) At least twelve kids watching the monkey perform. About six or seven are boys.

the animals:

horse 014 as "Evangeline"
Supporting role. This is the white horse that pushes the taxi. Presumably the same horse from "Dogs Of War!" (no. 14).
Small part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He's Mary's dog.
parrot 008
Small part. Presumably the same parrot seen previously, he rides along with Farina.
monkey 004
Small part. Presumably the same monkey seen previously, he rides along with Farina.
other animals
Bit parts.
(1.) The dog that fights with the bear cub.
(2.) The bear cub.
(3.) The horse pulling the watermelon cart.
(4.) Several chickens eat the seeds out of the ground while Mickey sleeps. Later, Farina drives through a whole bunch of chickens.

the adults:

Richard Daniels as the horse owner
Bit part. He appears briefly retrieving his horse from the kids.
Al Hallet as the man with the bird cage
Bit part. He almost gets run over, and also loses his parrot.
Ed Brandenberg as the sprinter
Bit part. He's shown running from the car from Farina's point of view.
Fay Holderness as the governess
Bit part. Presumably a governess, since she appears to be repeating her role from "Mary, Queen Of Tots" (no. 41).
Dorothy Vernon as Mickey's mom
Bit part. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. Looks like her to me. She's a bit of a slave driver.
F. F. Guenste as the butler
Bit part. He's Mary's butler and is basically repeating his role from "High Society" (no. 30).
other adults
Bit part and extras.
(1.) The driver of the truck that Farina hitches the taxi onto. He's barely seen getting out of his truck.
(2.) The man with the watermelon wagon.
(3.) The man with the monkey.
(4.) Two bike riders who almost get hit by the taxi.
(5.) Numerous other drivers.

the music:

The pressbook for this film includes a Thematic Music Cue Sheet, which provided the opening melodies for 11 musical cues comprising 10 pieces of music, one of which is repeated.
"Aurora" by J. Louis Von der Mehden
Published in 1910. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece 'at screening,' which presumably means at the start of the film, and continue for 2 minutes.
"Lazy" by Irving Berlin
Published in 1924. Al Jolson had a number 4 hit with this song the same year. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the title that introduces Mickey, and continue for 1 minute.
"He's Me Pal" by Gus Edwards
Published in 1905, with words by Vincent P. Bryan. J. W. Myers had a number 7 hit with this song the same year. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the title that introduces Joe, and continue for 1 1/2 minutes.
"Poupée Valsante" by Eduard Poldini
Written in 1904. Cue sheet version published in 1908. Also known as "Waltzing Doll" and "Dancing Doll." The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point where Joe ties the rope to the pump handle, and continue for 1/2 minute.
"The Birds And The Brook" by Robert Morrison Stults
Written in 1903. Cue sheet version published in 1923. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point when the 'friends ride up,' and continue for 1 minute. However, one minute is not enough to cover the footage up to the next cue, and the previous cue would be just a few seconds rather than the half minute it requires.
"Mary's A Grand Old Name" by George M. Cohan
First published in 1905. Cue sheet version published in 1924. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the title that introduces Mary, and continue for 1 1/4 minutes.
"Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here" by Theodore F. Morse
Published in 1917, with lyrics by D. A. Estron and Theodora Morse. The melody derives from a song from "Pirates Of Penzance" written by Arthur Sullivan. Specifically, it's part of "With Cat-Like Tread" from Act II, which itself was based on "Anvil Chorus." Cue sheet version published in 1918, with songwriting credit going to somebody named Lake. Irving Kaufman and the Columbia Quartet had a number one hit with this song in 1918. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point when the car stops in front of Mary's house, and continue for 1 1/2 minutes.
"Western Allegro" by Edward Falck
Published in 1918. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point when the car starts again, and continue for 3 3/4 minutes. The cue sheet also gives the instruction for a 'rattling effect' as the car is racing.
"Stay In Your Own Back Yard" by Lyn Udall
Written in 1899 with lyrics by Karl Kennett. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the title where Farina says 'Us want a ride,' and continue for 1 1/4 minutes. After Farina's wild ride, this piece is supposed to be reprised at the title that reads 'same old story,' and continue for 3/4 minute to the end of the film.
"Western Allegro" by Hugo Riesenfeld
Published in 1918. The cue sheet gives the instruction to begin this piece at the point when Farina hitches the taxi to the truck, and continue for 4 minutes. It also adds the following note regarding sound effects: 'Fast racing Ford, hits man with gold fish, glass crash, chicken squawk; catch remarks of parrot, T. "One Cigar," T. "Two Cigars," chicken squawk again; crash as he hits truck.'

the locations:

Mentone Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
Mickey does his gardening in the backyard of a property on Mentone. Seen in the background is the vacant lot on the southwest corner of Motor and Woodbine, as well as buildings on the opposite side of Motor.
Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
Farina's wild ride takes him south on the 3300 block of this street, with very brief, and tilted, views of the Sanitary Market at 3343 Motor, the Arthur Boetsch Barber Shop at 3347 Motor, the Palms Hardware Co. at 3351 Motor, and the house at 3359 Motor. We also see a bit of the east side of the 3400 block, including the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor.
Overland Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
It's pretty clear that the truck pulls Farina's car up the hill on Overland Avenue that begins at Featherstone Avenue (now Rose Avenue). After clearing the top of the hill, Farina breaks loose and goes downhill towards the north and makes a right turn on National Boulevard, where a little business selling oil is situated on the southeast corner.
Hyperion-Childs Market
This is one of the businesses Farina races past.
oil rigs
One of the areas Farina races through has a number of oil rigs, suggesting that perhaps it was the same area used for "The Smile Wins" (no. 66).
At one point, the taxi goes by a large house that was later seen in the bullfighting sequence in "Ten Years Old" (no. 58).


Reportedly, only four shooting dates went into the making of this film. The previous film, "Your Own Back Yard" (no. 44) used up more time than usual for an Our Gang film, and it seems likely that unused footage from that production served as the basis for "One Wild Ride." The day after the earlier film was completed, filming for "One Wild Ride" began on July 30th. It continued until Aug. 4th, when it was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Aug. 2nd, which was a Sunday, nor on July 31st. For this latter date, the 1925 datebook indicates that the Our Gang unit was involved with something called "Movie Parade." No production number or director is given, so this might not have been a film project. However, it's possible that it explains the existence of the mysterious little film known variously as "Our Gang At Home" and "More Mischief." After shooting finished for "One Wild Ride," four weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting "Good Cheer" (no. 46). The studio was closed during two of these weeks.

It's possible that unused footage from "Mary, Queen Of Tots" (no. 41) may also have gone into this film, which would explain the brief appearance of the governess and the butler. New footage showing Mary switching dresses with another girl would then iron out the inconsistencies.

35 still images were printed into numerous press photos to promote this film.


Kid Gangs And Juvenile Stars (DVD) from Looser Than Loose Publishing
Released 2007. This version includes most of the film, but is missing some of the earlier footage seen in the Video Classics version. The inter-titles are remade, but appear to retain the original wording. The picture is fairly poor, with the center portions of the picture being notably darker than the outer portions. The LTL company logo occasionally appears in the lower left hand corner. The print totals 14:23, with about 12:15 of it original.
Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 2 (VHS) from Video Classics and
Our Gang Comedies II (VHS) from The Picture Palace
This is a home movie print by Laff-Movie Inc., in New York, entitled "Gimme A Ride." The inter-titles are remade, but the wording seems to be original. The print totals 13:00, with 10:29 of it original footage. Ignoring the inter-titles, roughly two-thirds of the original film is included. Most of what's missing is from the last part of the film.
Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 9 (VHS) from HenryButch
This film is mistakenly listed in the ad for this volume, but does not appear on the tape. Instead, "Tire Trouble" (no. 22) is included.

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My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Robin Cook (for providing various details)
Rob Stone (for providing the production number, shooting dates, and the Movie Parade reference)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)
Mark Brumfield (for correct info regarding the HenryButch volume)

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