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Hal Roach's Rascals in Bear Shooters (May 17, 1930)

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The Little Rascals
 

Released on May 17, 1930: Hal Roach's gang of rascals goes bear hunting one Saturday morning but winds up bagging a gorilla instead.

Produced by Robert F. McGowan

Directed by Robert F. McGowan

The Actors: Jackie Cooper (Jackie), Leon Janney (Donald 'Spud'), Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins (Wheezer), Allen 'Farina' Hoskins (Farina), Mary Ann Jackson (Mary Ann), Norman 'Chubby' Chaney (Chubby), Bob Kortman (bootlegger), Charlie Hall (bootlegger Charlie), Fay Holderness (Spud's mother), Charles Gemora (the gorilla)

 

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Kids being Kids

Hal Roach, king of early motion picture comedy, was auditioning a little girl one day who was dressed and made up to imitate adults . . . now, many early comedies featured little kids acting like adults . . . like the early Shirley Temple shorts available here . . . But Hal Roach wanted something different, and after the audition he looked out his office window and watched as a handful of little kids across the street were bickering and playing with some sticks. After watching for a while he discovered that he was fascinated by the kids just being kids, and at that moment his genius mind realized that a new kind of comedy would soon be born. He hired kids that would be dressed like paupers, and for the first time he mixed African American kids with the other kids as equals, and filmed short comedy classics that have become legend to the older folk who remember watching them as youngsters either at the theaters or later on television in syndication. I cannot use the two 'names' of the series that you might be familiar with, because both name variations are owned by large companies yet today. Only a couple of the comedy shorts have fallen into public domain, and this is one of them. It is true that many of the scenes featuring African American actors are today deemed too politically incorrect to show, but the rumor that actor and comedian Bill Cosby bought all of the films to keep them off of the market is totally false. In this comedy short the neighborhood kids want to spend Saturday in the woods hunting bears, but instead they discover a bootlegger dressed as a gorilla trying to scare them away. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins
Bob Kortman
Bob Kortman, one of the bootleggers
Bobby Hutchins and Mary Ann Jackson
Bobby Hutchins and Mary Ann Jackson
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
Bobby Hutchins
Bobby Hutchins
Charles Gemora and Mary Ann Jackson
Charles Gemora and Mary Ann Jackson
Charles Gemora dressed in a gorilla suit
Charles Gemora dressed in a gorilla suit
Jackie Cooper and Allen Hoskins
Jackie Cooper and Allen Hoskins
Jackie Cooper and Norman 'Chubby' Chaney
Jackie Cooper and Norman 'Chubby' Chaney
Jackie Cooper smells the Limburger cheese
Jackie Cooper smells the Limburger cheese
Leon Janney and Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
Leon Janney and Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins
Leon Janney
Leon Janney
Mary Ann Jackson and Leon Janney
Mary Ann Jackson and Leon Janney
Mary Ann Jackson
Mary Ann Jackson
Norman Chaney and Allen Hoskins shoot the gorilla
Norman Chaney and Allen Hoskins shoot the gorilla
Norman Chaney
Norman Chaney