Filmed September 10 to 18, 1926. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted November 11, 1926, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU23326. Renewed November 12, 1954, with
registration no. R140920. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2021.
Released December 19, 1926. It was the 55th film in the series to be released.
Probable opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Telling
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1047, "The Big Bully," copyrighted Sep. 1,
1960, with registration number LP17352. Footage also went into episode no. 1072, "An Average Day," copyrighted
Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17774.
- 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 and Anthony
- This credit probably appears in the film, but without McGowan's middle initial. The F stands for
Francis. Mack was his nephew, whose real name was Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan. The 1926 studio datebook
credits the uncle only. The nephew was listed in the payroll summaries as an assistant director during this
- Assistant Directors: Charles Oelze and Lloyd
- This credit derives from Oelze's payroll status as Our Gang assistant director during this period and
French's comparable payroll status for the week ending Sep. 18th.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- This credit derives from Lloyd's payroll status as the Our Gang cameraman during this
- Assistant Cameraman: W. V. Draper
- This credit derives from Draper's payroll status as the Our Gang assistant cameraman starting the
week ending Sep. 18th.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Cutters: Lloyd Campbell and Edmund Hannan
- This credit derives from Campbell's payroll status as an Our Gang cutter beginning the week ending
Sep. 25th, during which this film was in post-production. Hannan was an Our Gang cutter until the same week.
- Titles by H. M. Walker
- This credit probably appears in the film.
- Props by Don Sandstrom and Timothy O'Donnell
- This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period.
- Animation by S. E. Overton
- This credit derives from Overton's payroll status as the studio animator during this period. The
animation in this film involves Joe and Farina's faces turning white with fear, as well as the words emanating from
the phonograph speaker.
- 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
- 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
- possible uncredited involvement
- writing - Robert F. McGowan, Robert A.
McGowan, Carl Harbaugh and Frank Butler may have been among the gag writers.
- animal training - It's known that Charles Oelze
was involved in the scenes featuring the Oelze family dog.
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Featured role. He and Joe have the responsibility of doing away with Toughy, and when the bully is
thought dead, they make a run for it.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Featured role. He and Farina are basically the stars of the short.
- Johnny Downs
as "Tuffy" aka "Toughey" aka "the Thompson boy"
- Featured role. He's the kid that systematically bullies the neighborhood. The signs he puts up spell
his name "Tuffy," but the inter-titles spell it "Toughey."
- Bobby "Bonedust" Young as "Bonedust"
- Supporting role. He's made to bark like a dog. He has more trouble than the others standing on his head.
- Jay R. Smith as "Jay R."
- Supporting role. In the TV print, he's the first boy that's made to stand on his head.
- Jackie Condon as "Jackie"
- Supporting role. In the TV print, he's the first boy that's made to pay the kitty.
- Elmer "Scooter" Lowry as "Skooter"
- Supporting role. He and Bonedust are made to bark like dogs.
- Billy Naylor
- Small part. He's the boy that overhears Toughey's mother talking to the cop and reports back to the gang.
- Peggy Eames
- Small part. She tells Farina and Joe that Toughey has gone off to Chicago.
- Bit part. This is the Boston Bull Terrier that licks Jay's face as he stands on his head. The dog was
owned by Doris Oelze, daughter of Our Gang assistant director Charles Oelze.
- Bit part. He rings Johnny's bell, much to the dismay of Joe and Farina.
- other animals
- Bit part. The only remaining animal in the footage I've viewed is the cat that knocks over the bust
of George Washington.
- Dorothy Vernon as Toughey's mom
- Small part. She summons a cop to report that her boy has been murdered, and later wallops Toughey.
- Gene Morgan as one of the cops
- Small part. He talks to Toughey's mom, and later tells the boys to run along and quit killing people.
- Charley Lloyd as the man near the swimming hole
- Bit part. He chases Toughey away from the swimming hole. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Charley Young.
- F. F. Guenste as one of the cops
- Extra. He can be pretty easily spotted in a publicity photo.
- other adults
- Small parts and bit parts.
- (1.) There are at least 10 more cops. Maltin & Bann list Silas D. Wilcox and Charles McAvoy
among them, but it's too hard to tell in the footage I've seen.
- (2.) The butcher who hangs the noose-shaped sausages.
- (3.) The woman that pours water on Bonedust and Scooter as they howl like dogs.
- (4.) There's one more man present next to the lake while Toughey's mom talks to the cop.
- Motor Avenue and Woodbine Street, Palms district, Los Angeles
- The kids repeatedly run around the Masonic Hall at 3402 Motor Avenue, which was located at the
southeast corner of Motor and Woodbine. All sides of the building are shown during this chase, as well as the side of the
Shoe Repairing shop run by J. A. Pryor at 3406 motor. Johnny's signs listing the kids he's licked and the
kids he hasn't licked are leaning against the back wall of the hall. Bonedust and Scooter bark like dogs alongside the
People's Water Co. at 3392 Motor. They're specifically at the far end of the building on Woodbine. There is
no window above them, so presumably the woman pouring the water was filmed at the Roach studio. Johnny seems to be across
the street while talking to them, but he's actually in the vacant area between the building and the alley. This vacant
area is also where Jackie is forced to 'feed the kitty.' The alley is shown just to the right of him. The fence
facing the right side of the alley also faces the north side of Woodbine, and this is where the boys are forced to stand
on their heads. When the kids finally get fed up and start chasing Johnny, he runs east of the alley on the south side of
Woodbine, all the way to the southwest corner of Woodbine and Vinton. Seen in this part are the palm trees lining this
part of Woodbine, and from Johnny's point of view, we can see the back of the Masonic Hall in the distance. This
stretch is also seen earlier in the film as Joe approaches the area in bandages. It also appears that the location where
Johnny steals the sheet is at the first garage as you enter the alley north from Woodbine.
- Motor Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- Johnny acquires the sheet to wrap around himself in the space between the Micholithic Mfg. Co. and
the grocery store on the east side of the 3300 block of Motor. As Joe and Farina run from Johnny's
'ghost,' they run south down the middle of the 3300 block. They later travel down this stretch again, with views
of the Palms Hardware Co. at 3351 Motor and the Arthur Boetsch Barber Shop at 3347 Motor. Also seen in the
background of some of these shots is the house at the corner of Motor and Irene where Dickie Moore lived in "Free
Wheeling" (no. 117). Later, they run down the 3500 block, with brief views of both sides of the street. Of
special note is The Palms School on the east side of the block, which can be partially seen.
- Motor and Featherstone Avenues, Palms district, Los Angeles
- During Joe and Farina's wild ride, they spin around at one point in the middle of this intersection.
Seen as a blur in the background are the Palms Feed & Fuel on the southwest corner, the Palms Garage on
the southeast corner, and the Palms Lumber Co. towards the east on National Boulevard. The northeast corner now has
a structure or two, though the picture isn't sharp enough to tell what it is. Presumably, it's the gas station
later seen in "Hook And Ladder" (no. 116). The northwest block has both the house normally seen midway
up the block, plus the house at the southwest corner of Motor and Irene. Featherstone Avenue is now part of a rerouted
- Culver Hotel, Culver City
- Joe and Farina run past the Adams Hotel as they start encountering the police, and then are seen
along the Putnam Avenue (now Culver Boulevard) side of the Culver Hotel as the police run back and forth.
In the background of these shots is the Adams Hotel. There's also a shot in which they run into the underground
walkway at the eastern corner of Washington Boulevard and Van Beuren Place, only to immediate emerge with the cops
following them. The Culver Hotel is seen in the background of this shot. This was also the location of the blindman's
chair in "Your Own Back Yard" (no. 56).
- Overland Avenue, Palms district, Los Angeles
- At one point, the baby carriage is rolling down the long hill on this street that ends at about
Featherstone Avenue (now Rose Avenue). This hill was also featured in "One Wild Ride" (no. 45)
and "Free Wheeling" (no. 117).
- Star Cars Auto Parts
- As the cops are gathered in front of this building, Farina and Joe are hiding in a baby carriage in front
of the furniture store to the right.
- Putnam Avenue, Culver City
- This street is now part of Culver Boulevard. The police truck is seen going west on this street and
making a left turn onto Irving Place (which is unseen in the shot). On the north side of Putnam, where Washington
Boulevard crosses it at the 'Culver/Washington X,' a business called Classy Cleaners can be seen. In
another shot, the group of running cops is at the eastern corner of Putnam and Irving.
8 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Nearly a week after shooting finished for "War Feathers"
(no. 54), the 'start' date arrived for "Telling Whoppers" on Sep. 10th. Shooting continued until
the 'finish' date of Sep. 18th. No shooting took place on Sep. 12th, which was a Sunday. Robert F. McGowan
directed on every shooting date. A week and a half after the finish date, shooting started for "Bring Home The
Turkey" (no. 57).
The one-reel home movie version is entitled "Telling Stories."
The gang's clubhouse is called "Our Shack."
The lake in the film is called Coogan Lake.
In addition to Jackie, Skooter, Jay R. and Bonedust, the names on Tuffy's "Kids I Have Licked" list are
Pinky, Micky, Toad, Skinny, Perk, James, Chuck, Chink, Sam, Eb, Marty, Ted, Snow-Ball, Egebert and Percie. In addition
to Joe and Farina, the names on Tuffy's "Kids I'm Gonna Lick" list are Spuky, Turtle, Tom, Jonesy, Lefty
There were 39 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
- Rascals Silents Vol. 2 (VHS) from
- A clip from this film lasting 2:54 appears as part of the hybrid Mischief Makers episode
entitled "An Average Day.".
- special note
- In addition to the TV episode, I've been able to view some of this short in home movie
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