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Release Date:
18 May 1929 (USA) See more »
The gang is taken from an orphanage & adopted by society matrons. | Add synopsis »
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Small Talk was an interesting, if not very entertaining, first Our Gang talkie See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

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:

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Wheezer's New Mother (uncredited)
Edith Fortier ... Domestic (uncredited)

Pat Harmon ... Officer in Charge (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Officer (uncredited)
Lyle Tayo ... Mrs. Brown of the Orphan Asylum (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert F. McGowan (directed by) (as Robert McGowan)
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (dialogue)

Robert A. McGowan  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert F. McGowan .... producer (as Robert McGowan)
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
F.E. Hershey (photographed by)
Art Lloyd (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier (edited by) (as Richard Currier)
Art Department
C.E. Christensen .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Elmer Raguse .... recording engineer
Visual Effects by
Roy Seawright .... optical effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer
Other crew
Charles Levin .... laboratory supervisor
Harry Lucenay .... animal trainer
Hal Roach .... presenter

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Additional Details

25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

The first Our Gang short to be made with sound.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) (V)See more »
Comin' Thro' The RyeSee more »


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Small Talk was an interesting, if not very entertaining, first Our Gang talkie, 4 October 2014
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA

This Hal Roach comedy short, Small Talk, is the eighty-ninth in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the first talkie. Yes, this was the first time movie audiences heard Our Gang speaking lines. Many of their recent previous silents had sound effects but this one was full of them whether it's the children playing instruments, various animal sounds, or the alarms of police and fire fighters. As a result, one is amused if not laughing heartily. And the story-Wheezer is adopted by a rich woman but he misses his orphanage pals especially sister Mary Ann-is perhaps a bit too maudlin for a kids comedy. Still, because of its historical status, Small Talk is at the least, worth a look. By the way, on the DVD collection I saw this on, Richard W. Bann-co-author of "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang"-does a nice intro about the series. And now all the sound Hal Roach-produced series entries I'm reviewing-that I hadn't previously-will be from this disc collection.

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