Shivering Spooks

film no. 52


technical details:

Production K-10.

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 early-to-mid July 1926. It was the 52nd film in the series to be released. The official release date, as published in trade journals like Motion Picture News, was August 8, 1926. The earliest confirmed screening I've found is from July 8th in Urbana, IL.

Silent two-reeler.

Opening title: '"Our Gang" Comedies - Hal Roach presents His Rascals in "Shivering Spooks".'

Released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers episode no. 1023, "The Haunted House," copyrighted Sep. 1, 1960, with registration number LP17328.


the crew:

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 Oelze
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 this period.
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.

the kids:

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.

the animals:

Buster
Supporting role. This dog appears frequently throughout the film.

the adults:

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 second-in-command.
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.
Milton Fahrney as one of the "suckers"
Bit part. He's the man who wants success.
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.
(2.) A man standing by his car in the background as Farina and Scooter run from the cops.

the locations:

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.
Hal Roach Studios
According to Rob Stone's list, footage was shot on a studio stage on April 19th.

miscellaneous:

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.

The Elwood Call Leader of Elwood, IN, had this to say on Aug. 19, 1926: "'Shivering Spooks,' the new 'Our Gang' comedy which comes Friday to the Baby Grand theatre, is the fifty-second 'Our Gang' production to be directed by Robert McGowan. Hal Roach, producer of the famous juvenile fun-films, deems him one of the greatest directors in motion pictures. This is not because of the success of any one or a half dozen of the 'Gang' comedies, but because he has made fifty-two of them in four years with the same children, the same idea behind the filming and the same atmosphere - yet each time presenting something new in plot ideas, something human and wholly true to life. 'Shivering Spooks' the 'Gang's' latest, is said to be a laughing treat from start to finish."

38 still images were printed into numerous press photos to promote this film.


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My thanks to the following people for assisting with this page:
Rob Stone (for providing the production number, shooting dates, location info, and some of the crewcredits)
Joe Moore (for providing the copyright information)
Mark Brumfield (for noticing the missing footage in certain copies of this film)
Lord Heath (for putting a face to the name with Clara Guiol)
Matthew Lydick


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