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When the Wind Blows (1930)

 -  Comedy | Family | Short  -  5 April 1930 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Betty Jane Beard ...
Chet Brandenburg ...
Flustered Man
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
Pete the Dog ...
Mary Gordon ...
Chubby's Mother
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Kennedy the Cop
Charles McAvoy ...
Henry, Jackie's Dad
Emma Reed ...
Farina's Mother
Julian Rivero ...
Henry, Jackie's Dad (Spanish language version)


Jackie throws his schoolbook out the window in disgust, but then climbs outside to retrieve it. Finding himself locked out, he tries various means of getting back inside without his parents finding out. When his parents mistake his noises for a burglar, a local policeman is called, but he seems incompetent to catch either the phony burglar or the real one who has shown up in the meantime. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Comedy | Family | Short






Release Date:

5 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las fantasmas  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Released in four versions with a different language spoken by the actors in each one: English, Spanish, French, and German. The new dialogue was not dubbed in; instead, each scene was shot four times, one take for each language. This process was helped with the aid of language tutors, blackboards placed out of camera range with the phonetic dialogue written on them, and the hiring of foreign actors for the incidental roles. This process was also used in the Little Rascals shorts The First Seven Years (1930) and A Tough Winter (1930). See more »


Petie the dog barks with his mouth closed. See more »


Jack: Applesauce, Mary! I ain't got no time for foolin'.
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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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"Lawdy, what a night!"
14 April 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Jackie angrily throws his school book out the window, then overhears his father talking about how proud he is of him, and how he wants him to get out of life everything he never had the chance for. In a change of heart, Jackie climbs out the window, retrieves the book and finds he can't get back in.

Hilarity ensues, partly in the form of Edgar Kennedy, with his trademark "slow burn" comic touch, and partly in the form of Farina, one of my favorite members of the gang. There's some great sound effects for the wind, and a wonderful set dresser's contraption that I won't give away. There's some scenes that are a little spooky, which only adds to the overall hilarity of the production. The scenes between the parents and children are genuinely played, and it's actually pretty touching at times. Plus anybody who loves the Rascals really loves Wheezer, and he's as adorable as ever in this one, one of several times he plays Jackie Cooper's little brother. And there's a cameo by that freckle faced lolita May Ann Jackson, and a snoring/screaming Chubby Cheney.

Allen 'Farina' Hoskins' character are considered racist by a number of people today (I don't) and his scenes are often eliminated by by censors. What a shame, erasing such a brief but talented legacy from the screen. If it weren't for such breaches of the first amendment, the average person might actually know who he is and put him up there with Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat and all the other Our Gang alumni, where he belongs.

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