After the gang goes to the horse races, they decide to have a derby of their own.



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Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ...
Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ...
Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mickie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jack Davis ...
Jack (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Kornman ...
Mary (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Ernest Morrison ...
Ernie 'Sammy' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Sonny Loy ...
Sing Joy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lassie Lou Ahern ...
Girl Applauding Band
Chester A. Bachman ...
Richard Daniels ...
William Gillespie ...
Mary's father (the horse owner)
Wallace Howe ...
Gate attendant
Billy Lord ...
Kid With Camera (unconfirmed)
Gabe Saienz ...


With a little bit of capital (specifically fifty cents) the gang is able to set up a lemonade stand and an adjoining hot dog stand near a race track. Mary stops by for some lemonade, while nearly charming the boys out of their socks. As the daughter of a horse owner, she manages to sneak them inside the track to watch the race. The whole thing is terribly exciting; and it gives Mickey an idea. The gang quickly abandons the idea of selling food and drink. Instead, they create their own race track. Of course, their own derby day is not quite like the adult version. Instead of horses, one boy has a cow, another a mule; a third rides in cart driven by a goat and a fourth in a dog-driven cart. Farina, whose vehicle is a tricycle, spikes the water of some of the animals beforehand. Before the race is through, the animals will be too drunk, lazy or overworked to finish. The horse race becomes a foot race. Written by J. Spurlin

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Short | Comedy | Family | Sport




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18 November 1923 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Little Jockeys  »

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1.33 : 1
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Title Card: Derby Day ~ When a small boy gets a "great idea" there's only one safe thing for the neighbors to do ~ Move out ~
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Edited into Mischief Makers (1960) See more »

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Sweet and Enjoyable indeed!
17 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I treasure the Our Gang silents. They were not usually gut-busting knee-slappers that made you howl and guffaw, but tended to be pleasant, likable, enjoyable comedies that made you smile as well as laugh. Great viewing after a hard day at work or school. Derby Day fits that category.

The above poster did a good job summarizing this film, but one really pleasant scene that I liked was where Mary Kornman, as the rich girl, attempts to sneak her poor friends of the gang into the horse race. Despite the differences in race and social class among the kids, one senses an "all for one and one for all" attitude among the kids that is quite endearing today. Oh yeah, the Gang's race is a real hoot! This film appears on most public-domain DVD sets of rascal films-GET IT and enjoy.

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