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Small Talk (1929)

 -  Comedy | Family | Short  -  18 May 1929 (USA)
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The gang is taken from an orphanage & adopted by society matrons.


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Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ...
Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals' Voices)
Jean Darling ...
Jean (as Hal Roach's Rascals' Voices)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals' Voices)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals' Voices)
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Mary Ann (as Hal Roach's Rascals' Voices)
Harry Spear ...
Harry (as Hal Roach's Rascals' Voices)
Pete the Dog ...
Pete (as Hal Roach's Rascals' Voices)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wheezer's New Mother
Edith Fortier ...
Pat Harmon ...
Officer in Charge
Charles McMurphy ...
Lyle Tayo ...
Mrs. Brown of the Orphan Asylum


The gang is taken from an orphanage & adopted by society matrons.

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Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

18 May 1929 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »


Comin' Thro' The Rye
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by Marion Talley
Orchestra conducted by Josef A. Pasternack
RCA Victor 1926 recording played on radio
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The first "Our Gang" talkie
10 February 2001 | by (US) – See all my reviews

With the coming of sound, Hal Roach Studios equipped their stages with sound equipment in early 1929. "Small Talk" probably went before the cameras in March and was released in May, while several previously filmed "Our Gang" silent comedies were still to be issued to theaters.

The story involves Wheezer being adopted by a wealthy woman of society, leaving his sister, Mary Ann, behind at the orphanage. The Gang decide to visit Wheezer, causing their usual brand of chaos and confusion before the happy ending with Pete the Pup singing at the piano.

"Small Talk" is a curio mostly because it is the first "Our Gang" talkie. However, the personalities of the individual members come through, and they give engaging performances. This being an early talkie, the young actors (and the adults, for that matter) have yet to master how to talk naturally on camera; but the kids are so likeable, the stilted dialogue is a minor annoyance.

If you have the Blackhawk video release of this film from 1984, you can see the boom mike stationed above the kitchen table in the opening scenes. Subsequent video releases appear to have been framed differently, and you cannot see the mike. Where to place the microphone in this transitional period was one of the main challenges of the early talkies.

6 out of 10.

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