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An unethical merchant moves into town and steals customers from the widowed owner of an established store; the gang steps in to help.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anna Mae Bilson ...
Mary Jane (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ...
Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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Mickey (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
John Hatton ...
Rich Boy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Ernest Morrison ...
Sunshine Sammy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peggy Cartwright ...
Peggy (unconfirmed)
Weston Doty ...
(unconfirmed)
Winston Doty ...
(unconfirmed)
Helen Gilmore ...
Emil's Wife
Wallace Howe ...
Merchant
Mark Jones ...
Emil
Fanny Kelly ...
Rich Boy's Mother
George Warde ...
(unconfirmed)
Charley Young ...
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One member of the gang has a widowed mother who keeps the village store. A rival merchant opens a shop across the street and by questionable methods lures the widow's customers away from her. The gang decides to take a hand and try and get the widow's business back. Written by Jonathan D. Parshall <jdp1981@netscape.net>

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5 November 1922 (USA)  »

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The first official series title was "Hal Roach's Rascals." But the series also came to be known as "The Our Gang Comedies" simply because the name of this film caught on so well with the trade press and exhibitors who saw the preview. (Of course, the best-known title, "The Little Rascals," came decades later when the series was shown on television. And note a coincidence: Century Comedies released a film the same year "Our Gang" was launched called The Little Rascal (1922).) See more »

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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Would be nice to see how it all began
25 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading the review in Leonard Maltin and Richard Bann's 1992 "Little Rascals" book of this very first "Our Gang" film, I can only hope someone will locate and restore the film, and ultimately put it on DVD. It sounds like "Our Gang" at its best and funniest (I wonder what that surviving fragment of "Our Gang" Maltin and Bann cited was like?). For that matter, it would be nice to see some of these early silents, period, since some of them were the "blueprints" for the more commonly seen (sound) episodes. I wonder what kind of "show" the kids and their pets put on to win the widow's much-needed business? Maybe a makeshift circus?....


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