Filmed April 7 to 28, 1926. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted July 26, 1926, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU22968. Since the copyright was not renewed,
this film is now in the public domain.
Premiered July 4, 1926, in New York City.
Released August 8, 1926. It was the 52nd film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Shivering
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1023, "The Haunted House," copyrighted
Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17328.
- 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 Directors: Robert A. McGowan and Charles
- McGowan was later credited as Anthony Mack. The payroll summaries were listing McGowan as the assistant
director for the Our Gang unit during this period, but were still listing Oelze as a prop man. Rob Stone's list gives
sole credit to Oelze.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- According to Rob Stone's list. This credit might not have appeared in the film.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Cutter: Lloyd Campbell
- This credit derives from Campbell's payroll status as the Our Gang cutter during this period.
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Props by Don Sandstrom
- According to Rob Stone's list. Oelze was also listed as a prop man in the payroll summaries during
- Animation by E. H. Young
- This credit derives from Young's payroll status as the studio animator during this period. The
animation in this film involves the cries of the frightened kids.
- Story by Hal E. Roach
- This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.
- 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
- writing - Robert F. McGowan, Robert A.
McGowan, Hal Yates, Carl Harbaugh and James
Parrott may have been among the gag writers.
- animal training - Tony Campanaro may have been
among the animal trainers.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Featured role. He gets more footage than any other kid, particularly during his long sequence with the ghost.
- Joe Cobb
- Featured role. He first has to deal with Scooter pulling his pants down, then Farina.
- Elmer "Scooter" Lowry as "Skooter"
- Supporting role. He first appears with Farina as the two are caught in the middle of a gunfight. Later,
he hangs off of Joe and pulls his pants down repeatedly.
- Mary Kornman
- Supporting role. She reads a ghost story for Farina and Scooter, but is otherwise part of the ensemble.
- Johnny Downs
- Supporting role. He seems to be the default leader now that Mickey Daniels has departed, but is mostly part of the ensemble.
- Jackie Condon
- Supporting role. He gets a brief moment to himself being chased by the ghosts, but mostly does ensemble acting.
- Jay R. Smith
- Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting.
- Bobby "Bonedust" Young
- Supporting role. He mostly does ensemble acting.
- Supporting role. This dog appears frequently throughout the film.
- George B. French as "Professor Fleece"
- Featured role. He's virtually the star of the film, and puts on a fake seance.
- Stanley "Tiny" Sandford as the detective
- Supporting role. He's shown in the gunfight with Fleece, then appears at the end to make the arrest.
- Harry Bowen as one of the assistants
- Supporting role. I think he's the one that handles the controls. He seems to be
- Ham Kinsey as one of the assistants
- Small part. He's the assistant that makes spooky sounds through the tube.
- Jack O'Brien as the grocer
- Small part. His store serves as a front for the crooked seance.
- Hugh Fox as one of the assistants
- Small part. He's the third assistant, and isn't given much of anything specific to do.
- Clara Guiol as one of the "suckers"
- Bit part. She talks about how the professor brought back her second husband, and offered to bring back the third.
- other adults
- Small parts, bit parts and extras.
- (1.) About 25 'suckers' at the seance. Maltin & Bann list Dorothy Walbert, but the payroll ledger doesn't
bear this out. Is the man who wants success the same one lugging sandbags in "Boys Will Be Joys" (no. 42)?
- (2.) A man standing by his car in the background as Farina and Scooter run from the cops.
- Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- As Farina and Scooter are caught in the crossfire, they're running along the 3300 block of Motor
Avenue. Views of the east side of the street reveal the Palms Depot in the background on National Boulevard, as
well as the large house at the corner of National and Vinton. Shots pointing north up the middle of Motor reveal the
buildings on the left side of the street, as well as the house on the northwest corner of Motor and Irene. There is also a
shot pointing south at the intersection with Woodbine, with a good view of the vacant lot on the southwest corner. The cop
chases the two boys away at the northeast corner of Motor and Woodbine. The buildings shown in this shot are the
People's Water Company at 3392 Motor and the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor. The kids' ball game is
played in the large lot on the east side of Motor north of Featherstone. Shown in the background of these shots is the
house at the northwest corner of Motor and Irene, which was later Dickie Moore's house in "Free Wheeling"
(no. 117). Rob Stone's list mentions "Mota Av." as a location on April 19th, which is almost
certainly Motor Ave. Some footage was also shot at the studio that day.
- Media Park
- According to Rob Stone's list, footage was shot here on April 14th.
- Motor Avenue
- According to Rob Stone's list, footage was shot on 'Mota Avenue' on April 19th.
- Hal Roach Studios
- According to Rob Stone's list, footage was shot on a studio stage on April 19th.
15 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Two weeks after shooting finished for "Thundering Fleas"
(no. 51), the Our Gang unit began shooting "Shivering Spooks" on Apr. 7th. Shooting continued until Apr.
22nd, when it was considered 'finished.' No shooting took place on Apr. 11th or 18th, which were both Sundays. It
should also be noted that the production was mistakenly labeled E-10 on Apr. 13th, instead of K-10. After nearly a
week, retakes were shot on Apr. 28th. After this, three and a half weeks passed before the unit began shooting "The
Fourth Alarm!" (no. 53).
Mary reads to Farina and Scooter from a book called Ghost Stories by R. M. Young, specifically a story
called "Graveyard Ghosts.".
The gang's hideout is called Capt. Kid's Tresure Cave.
There were 38 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
- Our Gang Volume #2 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and also from
The Picture Palace
- This copy has the original opening title card and inter-titles, but no crew credits. The end title is
generic and followed by the Pathé rooster. The picture quality is fairly good, and the music is the same as in
"Mary, Queen Of Tots." The print totals 18:07, with 18:01 of it original footage. Almost the entire
original film is included. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Volume 13 (VHS)
from Video Classics
- This copy is virtually the same as Grapevine's.
- Our Gang Comedy Festival II
(VHS/DVD) from GoodTimes Home Video
- VHS first released 1989. This is essentially the same version as Grapevine's, except that the
PathéComedy title appears after the rooster. There is about two seconds missing from the scene where the gang is
trapped in the cave. The initials 'GT' are superimposed in the right-hand corner throughout the print, and the
VHS is in LP mode. This VHS was included as part of the Our Gang Collector Series 5 Pack released Feb. 2002,
while the DVD was included as part of a 5 DVD set of the same name released Mar. 2004.
- Our Gang (VHS) from
- Released 1987, and reissued Feb. 1992, with an EP version released Sep. 1999. This copy is a TV print
from Those Lovable Scallawags With Their Gangs. Or at least the opening title is, because the rest of the print is
like Grapevine's, except with a slightly better picture quality. It's also missing the two seconds from the cave
scene. Also the PathéComedy title appears after the rooster. The print totals 27:50, with 27:20 of it
original footage. Even though the length is largely due to a slower projection speed, almost all of the original film is
- Rascals Silents Vol. 3 (VHS) from
- This version is the TV print from Those Lovable Scallawags With Their Gangs, and is essentially
the same as the Video Yesteryear version. The picture quality is fair. The footage totals 19:57, with 19:40 of it
- The Headless Horseman (1922) and Shivering Spooks
(1926) (DVD) from
- This is essentially the same as the other versions with the splice during the cave sequence, but with a
refashioned opening title deriving from "Derby Day" (no. 21). The footage totals 21:13, with
21:25 of it original.
- The Our Gang Collection - Volume 2
(DVD) from Reelclassicdvd.com
- Released Mar. 2007.
- Our Gang Comedies presents Hal Roach's Rascals 2
Pack (2 VHS set) from Brentwood Video
- Released Nov. 2000. Also included as part of 10 VHS set called
Our Gang Comedies presents Hal Roach's Rascals 10
Pack. This copy includes the missing two seconds, but the last part of the film is missing.
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 1 from
- This is the same version as the one released by Grapevine.
- Creepy Comedies
- This is the only Our Gang short on this release.
- The Original Comedy Classics
- Released 1999. This release also includes non-Our Gang material.
- Our Gang's Greatest Hits (VHS) from
- Released 1981. This is a virtually complete version of the film, but with an opening title from the TV
series Those Lovable Scallawags With Their Gangs. Otherwise, it's comparable to the version from GoodTimes Home
- The Our Gang Story (VHS/DVD) from
GoodTimes Home Video
- VHS released 1994. DVD released May 21, 2002. Also included as part of
Our Gang Collector Series 4 Pack (4 DVD
set), released Mar. 21, 2001, Our Gang Collector
Series 5 Pack (5 VHS/DVD set), released Feb. 2002 (VHS) and Mar. 2004 (DVD), and
The Best Of Our Gang Volume 1 (DVD)
released June 1, 2004. A clip lasting 3:32 is included, showing various parts of the film, with narration added.
- Hal Roach's Rascals 3-Tape Set (3
VHS set) and
- Hal Roach's Rascals (DVD) from
- VHS released Feb. 2000. The DVD is also available in a 2 DVD set with another same-named DVD.
Included is a documentary entitled Hollywood Hall Of Fame, with 5 clips from this film. The 1st lasts 0:01, and
shows the gang in their hideout. The 2nd lasts 0:06, and shows Farina in the spooky house. The 3rd lasts 0:03, and
shows Scooter pulling Joe's pants off. The 4th lasts 0:14, and shows Farina riding on the table. And the 5th lasts
0:01, and shows the gang witnessing the crime.
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