Item Description

On six NTSC Region 1 DVD+Rs are 71 silent Pathe-MGM episodes (most about 15-20 min.) representing the first "generation" of the Our Gang series (The designation "Little Rascals" came decades later). These episodes pre-date the more familiar Hal Roach/MGM sound shorts (Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Spanky, Darla, Butch, etc) and feature the earliest cast with Joe Cobb, Mickey "Freckles" Daniels, Ernie Morrison, Jackie Condon, Petey (dog), Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Mary Kornman, Harry Spear, Jay R Smith, Maryann Jackson, Robert "Wheezer" Hutchins, Jean Darling, Jack Davis, Bobby "Bonedust" Young, and others, some still unidentified . Whereas the sound shorts were more polished and scripted, these earlier episodes are more spontaneous, experimental, and in a few instances controversial (ethnic stereotyping, bullying, use of animals and dangerous objects, etc.). The 71 episodes are (Title, episode#, month-year of release):

Our Gang [#1, Nov 1922] Reconstructed from 4 segments.

Firefighters/Fireworks [#2, Oct 1922] 

Young Sherlock [#3, Nov 1922]

One Terrible Day/The Outing [#4, Sep 1922] 

A Quiet Street [#5, Dec 1922] 

Saturday Morning [#6, Dec 1922]

Big Show [#7, Feb 1923]

Champeen [#9, Jan 1923]

Boys to Board [#10, Apr 1923] 

Pleasant Journey [#11, Mar 1923] 

Giants Vs Yanks [#12, May 1923] 

Backstage [#13, Jun 1923] 

Dogs of War [#14, Jul 1923]

Lodge Night [#15, Jul 1923]

Fast Company/Big Switch [#16, Nov 1924] 

School Play/Stage Fright [#17, Oct 1923]

July Days [#18, Aug 1923]

No Noise [#20, Sep 1923]

Derby Days [#21, Nov 1923]

Tire Trouble/The Cure [#22, Jan 1924]

Big Business [#23, Feb 1924]

Buccaneers [#24, Mar 1924]

Seein Things [#25, Apr 1924]

Commencement Day/Little Red School House [#26, May 1924]

It's a Bear [#27, Jul 1924]

Cradle Robbers [#28, Jun 1924]

High Society/Mickey's New House [#30, Aug 1924] 

Sundown Limited [#31, Sep 1924]

Every Man for Himself [#32, Oct 1924]

Mysterious Mystery [#33, Dec 1924]

Big Town [#34, Jun 1925]

Circus Fever [#35, Feb 1925]

Dog Days [#36, Mar 1925]

Ask Grandma [#38, May 1925]

Shootin Injuns [#39, May 1925]

Official Officers [#40, Jun 1925]

Mary Queen of Tots [#41, Aug 1925]

Boys Will Be Joys [#42, Jul 1925]

Better Movies/Stage Struck [#43, Nov 1925] 

One Wild Ride [#45, Dec 1925]

Good Cheer/Xmas Episode [#46, Jan 1926]

Buried Treasure [#47, Feb 1926]

Monkey Business [#48, Mar 1926]

Baby Clothes [#49, Apr 1926]

Uncle Toms Uncle [#50, May 1926]

Thundering Fleas [#51, Jul 1926]

Shivering Spooks [#52, Aug 1926]

Fourth Alarm [#53, Sep 1926]

War Feathers [#54, Nov 1926]

Seeing the World [#55, Feb 1927]

Love My Dog [#59, Apr 1927]

Tired Businessmen [#60, May 1927]

Baby Brother [#61, Jun 1927]

Chicken Feed/Monkey Magic [#62, Nov 1927]

Olympic Games [#63, Sep 1927]

Glorious Fourth [#64, Jun 1927]

Playing Hooky [#65, Jun 1928]  2 recently discovered fragments.

Dog Heaven [#70, Dec 1927]

Spook Spoofing [#71, Jan 1928]

Rainy Days [#72, Feb 1928]

Barnum Ringling [#74, Apr 1928]

Crazy House [#76, Jun 1928]

Old Gray Hoss [#78, Oct 1928]

Spanking Age [#80, Dec 1928] 

Election Day [#81, Jan 1929]

Noisy Noises [#82, Feb 1929]

Wiggle Your Ears [#84, Apr 1929]

Fast Freight [#85, May 1929]

Little Mother [#86, Jun 1929]

Cat, Dog and Company [#87, Sep 1929]

Saturdays Lesson [#88, Nov 1929]

 

Of the 88 silent two-reeler episodes, about 8 are currently lost (wholly or partially), and about 9 exist in private collections unavailable for sale or public viewing. Picture quality varies and is as to be expected from un-remastered early silent films (with intertitle cards, sound effects, and musical soundtrack) over 75 years old*.in the public domain. Some episodes were "up-fitted" for TV distribution in the 60s, or are reconstructed from newly discovered footage. DVDs have menus for specific episode access. Total playing time: Approx 22 hours.

 

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