Filmed April 22 to May 6, 1927. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Copyrighted July 8, 1927, by Pathé Exchange, Inc. Registration no. LU24153. Renewed January 10, 1955, with
registration no. R142106. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2022.
Released September 11, 1927. This is according to Maltin & Bann. In Richard Lewis Ward's book A History Of
The Hal Roach Studios, the date is given as September 10th. It was the 63rd film in the series to be released.
Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Olympic
Games".' The lobby poster switches the word "Comedy" for "Comedies."
Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1014, "Warm Up," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960,
with registration number LP17319.
- Produced by Hal Roach
- Credited in the film as a presenter.
- Supervised by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial. Rob Stone's list credits him as the
director, and photographs taken on location reveal that he was present.
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan and Anthony
- Maltin & Bann list only Mack, but the 1927 studio datebook credits McGowan instead. Mack is actually
Robert A. (for Anthony) McGowan, the nephew of Robert F. (for Francis) McGowan.
- Assistant Director: Charles Oelze
- This credit derives from Oelze's payroll status as Our Gang assistant director during this period.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- This credit appears in the film.
- Assistant Cameraman: Clair Boshard
- This credit derives from Boshard's payroll status as the Our Gang assistant cameraman during this period.
- Edited by Richard Currier
- This credit 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 appears in the film. The inter-titles have the speckled motif in this film.
- Props by Don Sandstrom, Timothy O'Donnell, R. O. Sanders and Harry Craven
- This credit derives from their payroll status as Our Gang prop men during this period.
- Animation by Roy Seawright
- This credit derives from Seawright's payroll status as the studio animator during this period. This
film features an animated bee sting.
- Story by Hal E. Roach
- This credit probably doesn't appear in the film.
- Animal Trainer: Harry Lucenay
- He was Pete's owner and 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
- optical effects supervisor - Roy Seawright
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- possible uncredited involvement
- writing - Robert F. McGowan, Robert A.
McGowan, Jean Yarbrough and Frank Butler may have been among the gag writers.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins as "Wheezer"
- Featured role. He's virtually the star of the film, teaching Pete how to do the raspberries, then
spending the day trying it out on the Gang.
- the athletes
- Allen "Farina" Hoskins as "Farina"
- Featured role. He gets more footage than most of the other kids. His activity is shot-putting.
- Joe Cobb as "Joe"
- Supporting role. He shows up late wearing a girdle.
- Jay R. Smith as "Spec"
- Supporting role. His activity is pole-vaulting. He gets a lot of comedic moments being clumsy.
- Paul Toien
- Supporting role. This is the boy who keeps falling into the puddle.
- Harry Spear
- Supporting role. Farina thinks twice about picking a fight with him.
- Buddy McNeal
- Supporting role. Joe thinks twice about picking a fight with him.
- Jackie Condon
- Supporting role. His activity is hurdle-jumping.
- Elmer "Scooter" Lowry
- Presumed small part. He's shown in the publicity photo shown in Robert Parrish's autobiography,
but doesn't appear in this print. This was his final Our Gang short.
- Robert Parrish
- Presumed small part. He's shown in the publicity photo shown in his autobiography, but doesn't
appear in this print.
- other boys
- Presumed small parts. The photo in the Robert Parrish book also shows five more boys in costume for the
- the girls
- Peggy Ahern as "Peggie"
- Supporting role. Listed by Maltin & Bann as Peggy Ahearn. She's in love with Joe.
- Jannie Hoskins
- Small part. Not really an athlete, but she's in uniform. She gets a bunch of water caught in her
- Mildred Kornman
- Bit part. She accompanies Joe as he arrives.
- Jean Darling
- Presumed small part. She's shown in the publicity photo taken the day Robert McGowan visited the set, but isn't in this print of the film. In her
memoirs, she relates how she came down with scarlet fever while filming this short, and was laid up for six weeks, so perhaps this led to her being absence
from the finished product. The Motion Picture News corroborates this story fairly well by saying that she had been out for a month due to illness.
- other girls
- Supporting role. The only remaining girl in the film is the one that accompanies Peggy and gets the race
- the rival boys
- Jack Hanlon
- Supporting role. He gets beaten up at least a couple of times and thrown into the puddle.
- Johnny Aber
- Supporting role. He's the third boy to be victimized by Wheezer's raspberries.
- Clarke Robinson
- Supporting role. He's the fourth boy to be victimized by Wheezer's raspberries.
- other boys
- Supporting role. There is one remaining rival boy, the second to be victimized (although he isn't
shown getting beaten up in this print, but appears at the end for the big fight).
- undetermined kids
- Maltin & Bann list Joseph Metzger, who looks like he could be the second 'victim,'
though I'm not at all comfortable with this idea. A casting directory photo shows his hair to be darker, though
it's slicked back, which results in blonde hair looking darker. The face seems to be somewhat similar, but it's
very difficult to get a good look in the film. And, of course, Metzger could be one of the hard-to-identify boys
in the Parrish photo.
- Pete (no. 1) as "Minnie"
- Supporting role. An ironic name, since it's not hard to tell that this is a male dog. He appears
pretty much throughout the film. This was his debut appearance in the series.
- other animals
- Bit parts. A chicken jumps out of the way when Farina does his shot putting.
- A bee stings Farina.
Extras. In this print anyway, there are virtually no adults, other than two pedestrians shown in the distance behind
the picket fence. The photo in the Robert Parrish book shows a man with the group of boys, but he might be part of the
crew. A 1927 casting directory indicates that Budd Fine and Grace Wood both appeared in this film, but if
so, then their footage is not in the available print.
- vacant lot
- The vacant lot where the games are held includes a billboard that says "Motor Ave. Business
Frontage," indicating that this film was shot in Palms. The lot itself was later used for Jackie and Harry's game
of leapfrog in "The Old Wallop" (no. 68). It also appears briefly in "Cradle Robbers" (no.
28) and "Baby Brother" (no. 61).
13 shooting dates went into the making of this film. One week after filming had finished for "Chicken Feed"
(no. 62), the 'start' date arrived for "Olympic Games" on Apr. 22nd. Shooting continued until
the 'finish' date of May 6th. No shooting took place on Apr. 24th or May 1st, which were both Sundays. Robert F.
McGowan directed on each of the shooting dates. After this, only four days passed before the Our Gang unit began shooting
"The Glorious Fourth" (no. 64).
The kids all have writing and illustrations on their sports clothes. The girl accompanying Peggy has a couple of
swastikas on hers.
The kids' Olympic Games take place at a ficticious location called Dooley's Flats.
At one point, Joe says "We catch that guy we'll bust his beezer!" The guy they're looking for is
whoever is giving them the razzberries, which of course is Wheezer. Interestingly enough, the name Beezer would later be
used for his onscreen twin brother.
There were 36 copies of this film printed for its initial release.
- Our Gang Volume #8 (VHS) from
Grapevine Video and from
The Picture Palace
- This copy includes the original opening, crew, copyright, and ending titles, as well as inter-titles.
The picture quality is fair, and some footage is missing. The footage totals 17:13. This version has appeared on
- Hal Roach's Rascals (DVD) from
Brentwood Home Video
- This copy is identical to Grapevine's, but has a slight case of the jitters. This version has
probably the one that appears on bootlegs containing the Roach talkies. Also included with same-named volume in 2 DVD
set. Also included on this DVD is a documentary entitled Hollywood Hall Of Fame, which includes 11 clips from this
film. The 1st lasts 0:02, and shows the gang pummeling one of the other kids. The 2nd lasts 0:01, and shows the
gang walking up to the boy. The 3rd lasts 0:18, and shows Farina with the bee. The 4th lasts 0:15, and shows
Farina getting stung. The 5th lasts 0:05, and shows Jay pole-vaulting. The 6th lasts 0:10, and shows Farina
shot-putting. The 7th lasts 0:11, and Jackie and Paul. The 8th lasts 0:02, and shows Peggy. The 9th lasts
0:26, and shows Wheezer teaching Pete. The 10th lasts 0:05, and shows the boy ganging up on the outsider. And the
11th lasts 0:04, and shows Farina dragging his butt.
- Hal Roach's Rascals 3-Tape Set (3
VHS set) from Brentwood Home Video
- This includes the Hollywood Hall Of Fame documentary.
- Our Gang Comedies presents Hal Roach's Rascals 2
Pack (2 VHS set) from Brentwood Video
- Released Nov. 2000. Also released as part of
Our Gang Comedies presents Hal Roach's Rascals 10
Pack. This copy is identical to Grapevine's, and provided the basis of the DVD copy, jitters and
- Our Gang Silent Comedies Vol. 1 (VHS)
- This is the same version as the one released by Grapevine.
- TV Time Comedy 100 TV Episodes (10 DVD set)
from TV Time
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