Supporting role. He does mostly ensemble work in this film.
Bit parts. Among the natives are two black boys that get bonked on the head by the gang.
Supporting role. Not listed by Maltin & Bann. He appears to be Jay's dog, and catches cats
instead of fish.
Supporting role. This is the other dog that joins the gang. Later played "Magnolia" in
"Thundering Fleas" (no. 51).
Featured role and bit parts.
(1.) The chimpanzee that plays with Farina and is given quite a lot of footage. Not a baboon, as Maltin & Bann
(2.) The black cat caught by Pal.
(3.) The cat on board the gang's boat.
Lyle Tayo as Johnnie's mom
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. She's not shown in this print.
Charlie Hall as the man in the gorilla suit
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. There are a few people dressed as gorillas, but the one shown
with the head removed looks like Hall.
Jack Roach as the man in the lion suit
Small part. According to Maltin & Bann. His face is shown, but I haven't seen any photos of him
Florence Hoskins as Farina's mother
Small part. She arrives with the other parents towards the end of the film and mistakes the chimp for
Dorothy Vernon as another mother
Bit part. She's shown towards the end of the film as the parents arrive at the island.
Small parts, bit parts and extras.
(1.) "'Cap' Tuttle," the kindly old man with the treasure map.
(2.) The stunt double for Florence Hoskins.
(3.) Johnnie's dad, who discourages him from reading Treasure Island.
(4.) The friend of Johnnie's dad, who finds the situation amusing.
(5.) The man steering Johnnie's dad's boat.
(6.) There are scores of adults doing location shooting on the island, most of whom are black men playing natives.
A few others make up the crew, and some others are dressed as apes, and one dressed as a bear. One of the men might be
U. S. S. Catalina
A press photograph reveals that the gang was aboard this boat of the Wrigley line during the filming of
this short. While it doesn't verify that the boat was one of the ones used in the film, it does support the idea that
the island scenes were shot on Catalina Island, which was also the subject of the brochure that Cap Tuttle has with the
map on it.
16 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Nearly two weeks after the finish date for "Good Cheer"
(no. 46), the 'start' date arrived for "Buried Treasure" on Oct. 1st. Shooting continued until
the 'finish' date of Oct. 19th. No shooting took place on Oct. 4th, 11th or 18th, which were all Sundays. After
this, a week and a half passed before shooting began for "Monkey Business" (no. 48).
Johnny is reading a copy of Treasure Island.
There were 40 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
This copy is a TV print from the Mischief Makers series, with the opening and ending titles
replaced by new ones from Video Classics. The inter-titles have been removed. The print totals 15:16, with
14:34 of it original footage. Roughly three quarters of the original film is included.
Copyright 1994 by Onscreen Entertainment, Inc. This print has a generic opening title from Mogull's
Film Library and a generic end title, but the crew credits and inter-titles are included. Since it's a CD-ROM,
there are fewer frames per second, and the resolution is limited, but the picture quality is fairly good. The film ends
abruptly, cutting some footage at the end, but there is also footage at the beginning that's missing from the TV
print. The initials "RMT" are superimposed in the righthand corner. The print totals 16:42, with 16:32
of it original footage. Roughly three quarters of the original film is included. Viewing this version along with the Video
Classics version will achieve almost the entire original film.
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