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Telling Whoppers (1926)

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Farina and Joe fib to the gang that they've beaten up the neighborhood bully. Later, they hear he's been murdered and think they'll get the blame.

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Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ...
Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ...
Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Scooter Lowry ...
Skooter (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith ...
Jay R. (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ...
Bonedust (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Billy Naylor ...
Billy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Johnny Downs ...
Toughey Thompson (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Peggy Eames ...
Peggy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles McAvoy ...
Officer (unconfirmed)
Gene Morgan ...
Officer
Dorothy Vernon ...
Toughey's mother
S.D. Wilcox ...
Officer (unconfirmed)
Charley Young ...
Man near swimming hole
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Farina and Joe fib to the gang that they've beaten up the neighborhood bully. Later, they hear he's been murdered and think they'll get the blame.

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Comedy | Family | Short

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19 December 1926 (USA)  »

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The Big Bully  »

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On the date of release's three numbers, month, day & year, the day number (19) is the average of month number (12) & [last two digits (of year number, (26), of 1926]. 12 + 26 = 38. 38 also equals 19 + 19. The day number is seven more than month number and seven less than year number's last two digits. See more »

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A cute early Our Gang short
8 June 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very early Our Gang short from Hal Roach Studios and the only one of the kids I quickly recognized were a very young Farina and Joe. That's because like most people alive today who are familiar with these comedies, we weren't exposed to the silent versions--which didn't get marketed to television like the newer films. Despite a lot of unfamiliar characters, this was still a very cute little comedy.

A bully has been making the lives of all the Gang members miserable. So, the guys decide to pick two patsies to beat up the bully. Naturally, the two youngest and least competent ones (Farina and Joe) are chosen. Despite being afraid, they soon think everything is fine when a girl tells them that the bully has moved away and they decide to lie to the rest of the gang and tell them that they took care of the bully themselves. The trouble is that soon there are reports that the bully was murdered and Joe and Farina are scared that the cops will think they did it! This leads to some funny scenes where they think the police are out to get them.

The short is well-paced, funny and worthwhile even to adults. Plus, from a historical perspective, it's a very interesting look at an early incarnation of the series.


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