The kids foil a burglary.




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Credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ...
Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ...
Mary Ann (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Pete the Dog ...
Pete (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Jane Beard ...
Chet Brandenburg ...
Flustered Man
Mary Gordon ...
Chubby's Mother
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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(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 »


Kennedy the cop tells the burglar, "One move and I'll blow your head off," with his mouth closed. See more »


Henry, Jackie's Dad: [after giving Jack a spanking with his shoe] Son, this hurts me as much as it does you.
Jack: [rubbing his sore behind] Yeah, but not in the same place though.
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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »


Never Mind Bo Peep
Music by Victor Herbert
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When the Wind Blows was another hilarious Our Gang short
14 October 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, When the Wind Blows, is the ninety-seventh in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series and the ninth talkie. As such, it's also the first to employ a musical score throughout and have plenty of sound effects. At night, Jackie gets spanked by his father for not doing his homework but throws his textbook out the window after his parents and little brother Wheezer go to sleep. When he's pretending to sleep his parents look on him and he overhears them saying how they want what's better in life than what they went through. Jackie then goes back outside to retrieve his book but gets locked out and gets mistaken for a prowler when trying to get back in. I'll stop there and just say how hilarious I found the whole thing especially when Edgar Kennedy as the bumbling cop shows up! When I first watched this on TV during the '70s, I don't think they showed the scenes involving Farina since I think I'd remember him if they did. I guess the stereotypes involving his race at the time was why they were cut but I still found the scenes depicted funny despite that. Loved the musical score and James W. Horne did a good job in his lone directorial effort of an Our Gang short. He also helmed my favorite Laurel & Hardy film, Way Out West. Incidentally, he'd eventually become the father-in-law of Jackie Cooper when Cooper married his daughter June in 1944. So on that note, I highly recommend When the Wind Blows.

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