Filmed September 3 to 18, 1925. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Released January 10, 1926. It was the 46th film in the series to be released.
Copyrighted January 23, 1926, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU22300. Since the copyright was not
renewed, this film is now in the public domain.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Good
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1055, "Happy Holiday," copyrighted Sep. 1,
1960, with registration number LP17360.
- Produced by Hal Roach
- 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 and Charles
- Later credited as Anthony Mack. This credit derives from his payroll status as an Our Gang assistant
director during this period. The payroll summaries also credit Oelze as an assistant director for the week ending Aug.
29th, which was the week prior to when shooting began for this film. This is in addition to also being credited as a prop
man. The studio was closed at the time, but it's conceivable that he spent the week supervising the transformation of
the New York street set into a winter setting.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- This credit derives from Lloyd's payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this
- 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.
- Story by Hal E. Roach
- This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.
- 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
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- possible uncredited involvement
- photography - The special photographic effects may have been the work of Alvin V. Knetchel.
- writing - Robert F. McGowan, Carl
Harbaugh, Hal Yates, Frank Terry and James
Parrott may have been among the gag writers. Also, Stan Laurel was paid for a half day's work on this
film as a writer.
- Mickey Daniels
- Featured role. The enclosure that serves as the gang's clubhouse has his name written on the wall as
"Micky." He and Johnny are the older kids that make the younger kids' Christmas wishes come true. Mickey
seems to be the one with the ideas.
- Johnny Downs
- Featured role. He and Mickey work together to give the younger kids a good Christmas.
- Joe Cobb
- Featured role. He's alone in his apartment when "Santa" comes to visit.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins
- Featured role. The nickname doesn't appear in this print. He's with his sister when
"Santa" comes to visit.
- David Durand
- Supporting role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann, but identified by Johnny Downs on Jackie Taylor's
TV show in the '70s. He's the small boy looked after by Mary.
- Jackie Condon
- Supporting role. He's the brother of Mary, Jay and David, and pals around with Jay.
- Jay R. Smith as "J. R."
- Supporting role. At the gang's clubhouse, his name is written on the wall as "J. R." He
pals around with Jackie.
- Mary Kornman
- Supporting role. She mostly looks after her little brother David.
- Jannie Hoskins as "Arnica"
- Supporting role. She appears as Farina's little sister, with a jack-in-the-box gag thrown in.
- other kids
- Bit parts.
- (1.) The one-legged boy that Mickey talks to.
- (2.) Four boys are riding on a sled and throwing snowballs. There are also boys throwing snowballs on the street,
but it's not clear if these are the same boys.
- Dinah the Mule
- Supporting role. She pulls the sleigh that Mickey and Johnny ride, and gets a drink from the drunken
- Bit part. He's Johnny's dog and appears briefly at the beginning of the film.
- Bit part. This dog appears wearing bricks on its feet. Later appeared as "Magnolia" in
"Thundering Fleas" (no. 51).
- other animals
- Bit parts.
- (1.) The black cat whose fur stands on end when he sees Mickey on Johnny's shoulders as they're pretending
to be Santa.
- (2.) A cat with frozen whiskers.
- (3.) A mouse with frozen whiskers.
- (4.) A chicken with bricks on its feet.
- (5.) Three brown horses pulling sleds at the beginning of the film. Could possibly have appeared
- Richard Daniels as "Dad"
- Supporting role. This is what all of the kids call him. He puts the idea in the kids' heads to keep
- "Tonnage" Martin Wolfkeil as "Murphy," the janitor and store window Santa
- Small part. When the kids see him without the beard, they stop believing in Santa.
- Ed Brandenberg as the store window assistant
- Bit part. According to Maltin & Bann. I'm trying to figure out what the difference is between him
and Chet Brandenberg.
- Sam Lufkin as the inebriated Santa Claus
- Bit part. He gives Dinah a sample of his hooch.
- Charlie Hall as the motorist, and as one of the crooked Santas
- Bit part. He's shown in shock when he sees his car covered in ice. His appearance as one of the
crooked Santas is less clear. Perhaps he's the one questioned by the cop.
- man 040 as "Izzy"
- Bit part. He's the Jewish man who's the first one to buy the heated bricks. His character name is
revealed by a lobby card.
- other adults
- Supporting role, bit parts and extras.
- (1.) The spirit of "Santa Claus," who appears repeatedly during the film.
- (2.) The Russian man that David Durand thinks is Santa Claus.
- (3.) The man at the Navy recruitment office.
- (4.) Several crooked Santas, although in these prints, it's almost impossible to identify them. Maltin &
Bann list Jack Gavin, Al Hallet, Jack Ackroyd, William A. Orlamond, Jules Mendel and
- (5.) Several police officers. Maltin & Bann list Gene Morgan and Noah Young, the latter of whom
may be the one in the hallway of the apartment building.
- (6.) Four people playing the miniature figures in the window display with Santa Claus.
- (7.) The passenger in Charley Hall's car.
- (8.) The Salvation Army man ringing the bell.
- (9.) The baker.
- (10.) The beggar.
- (11.) The woman in a photograph on the wall of Joe's bedroom.
- (12.) Scores of pedestrians. Maltin & Bann list Chet Brandenberg and Jack Hill, but these prints
are not the place to look for them.
- Hal Roach Studios backlot
- It appears that all of the outdoor footage was shot here, no doubt to accommodate all that fake
13 days of shooting went into the making of this film. Over four weeks had passed since filming had finished for
"One Wild Ride" (no. 45). The studio was closed for half of this period. There is some indication,
however, that Charles Oelze spent the last week of closure working on "Good Cheer," presumably preparing it for
its wintery motif. The studio reopened on Sep. 1st, and the 'start' date arrived on Sep. 3rd. Shooting continued
until the 'finish' date of Sep. 18th. No shooting took place on Sep. 6th and 13th, which were both Sundays, nor on
Sep. 7th, which was Labor Day. After this, nearly two weeks passed before the Our Gang unit began filming "Buried
Treasure" (no. 47).
Judging by the breakdown of David Durand's salary during the making of this film, it seems likely that he
didn't join the production until Sep. 9th.
Count this film among those that include a Krazy Kat doll. This is the toy that Joe picks up after the large pile of
toys magically appears in front of the kids.
There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
- Laurel and Hardy and Friends - Volume Nine
(VHS) from Hal Roach Studios
- Released June 1, 1999. The opening title for this copy is a freeze-frame of a home movie from
Exclusive Movie Studios, Inc., in Chicago, entitled "Our Gang's Christmas." This is followed by a
freeze-frame of the original opening title. There are no crew credits, and the first five inter-titles and the end
title are freeze-framed. The remaining inter-titles are normal and much more numerous than on the copies listed
below. The moment when the drunken Santa gives Dinah a taste of his booze is missing from this print. The picture quality
is fairly poor. The print totals 21:40, with 20:31 of it original footage. Almost the entire original film is
- The Our Gang Collection - Volume 2
(DVD) from Reelclassicdvd.com
- Released Mar. 2007. This is comparable to the "Laurel and Hardy and Friends" version. The
opening title is slowed down to remain on the screen longer, and one of the inter-titles is freeze-framed. The
footage totals 21:52.
- Our Gang Volume #5 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and also from
The Picture Palace
- This copy has an original opening title card, without crew credits, and some of the original
inter-titles, but seems to be a Mischief Makers episode judging by the music. Also, the Grapevine VHS case
indicates an alternate title of "Happy Holiday." The end title is remade and follows the Pathé rooster. The
picture quality is fairly poor. The print totals 15:57, with 15:54 of it original footage. This version has
appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 10 (VHS)
from Video Classics
- This copy is identical to Grapevine's.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies #2 (VHS) from
Nostalgia Family Video
- This copy is essentially the same as Grapevine's, but has some of the footage removed, and is given a
different soundtrack. The print totals 14:47, with 14:44 of it original footage.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 4 (VHS)
- This is essentially the same as the Grapevine version.
- The Christmas Classics Collection (5 DVD
set) from Passport Video
- This is a home movie print from Exclusive Movie Studios entitled "Our Gang's Christmas."
This is only a small portion of the film and is taken from the last part. The picture quality is fairly good. The name of
the DVD set is superimposed in the righthand corner. The footage totals 2:15, with 2:12 of it original.
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