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: The Gang ~ They have established a big business on borrowed capital ~ somebody loaned them fifty cents ~
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Edited into Mischief Makers (1960) See more »

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Derby Day is another pretty amusing "Our Gang" short
2 February 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, Derby Day, is the twenty-first in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series. Mickey, Jack, Jackie, and Joe are selling hot dogs and lemonade for 5 cents each near the horse race track across the street. One of their customers is a new gang member of Asian descent named Sing Joy. Two more potential customers, Ernie (a.k.a. "Sunshine Sammy") and Farina, are broke so Mickey asks what's in the box that Ernie has. It's a jockey uniform of his dad's who is in the race. When Mary comes by, she invites them to come in free. The adult usher won't allow it but Mary keeps talking to him as she signals the gang inside. After the race ends, Mickey tells his friends his idea to form his own race...This was a pretty amusing "Our Gang" entry with some familiar gags like Farina managing to eat two hot dogs on a stove without anyone looking-especially not Pete the Pup who runs around in circles looking for the toddler, lemon for the lemonade that-when squeezed-hits both Joe and Mickey in the faces, during the kiddie race-after a horse and cow drink a water bucket laced with alcohol that Farina poured in-the horse keeps going the wrong way frustrating Jack and the cow eventually lies down leaving poor Joe stuck, and-after the titles reveal that in the audience during the real horse race, Sing Joy says something in Chinese, Ernie-also via inter-title-replies, "Speak 'Inglish, I don't understand Chop Suey." That last one might be considered offensive today but considering the kids ages, I'd let that one slide. Anyway, while not hilarious, Derby Day does amuse enough for me to bring a big smile on my face. P.S. Mickey's father, Richard Daniels, appears as a trainer here.

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