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The Smile Wins (1928)

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Farina's mother is very ill and the mortgage is due. He tries to take over her laundry business, but the kids just wreck the clothes. Joe takes pity and devises a scheme to make money: the gang builds their own oil well.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Johnny Aber ...
Kid throwing tomato
Joe Cobb ...
Joe
Jackie Condon ...
Jackie
Jean Darling ...
Jean (unconfirmed)
Pete the Dog ...
Pete
George B. French ...
Simon Sleazy
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Florence Hoskins ...
Farina's mother
Jannie Hoskins ...
Mango
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ...
Wheezer (unconfirmed)
Mildred Kornman ...
Mildred
Jay R. Smith ...
Jay
Harry Spear ...
Harry
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Farina's mother is very ill and the mortgage is due. He tries to take over her laundry business, but the kids just wreck the clothes. Joe takes pity and devises a scheme to make money: the gang builds their own oil well.

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26 February 1928 (USA)  »

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This was the last "Our Gang" comedy that Hal Roach made for Pathe before he broke his connection with that studio due to its management problems. A surviving print was found in Paris that had French text titles. See more »

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A wonderful Our Gang short
18 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Our Gang silent short centers around Farina, a boy who can still smile even when life is incredibly difficult. He and his sister are supported by their mother, a laundress. The mother becomes ill and things become even tougher for Farina. The gang initially harasses Farina and one of the gang pours mud into the the packages of clean laundry that Farina is on his way to deliver to a customer. The first gang member to befriend Farina is Joe Cobb and when the others learn what dire straights Farina and his family are in, they all pitch in to help him. Even Petey the dog gets into the act. A delightful short that I was fortunate enough to see a great print of at the 2013 Syracuse Cinefest.


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