The gang, playing detectives, helps to rescue a kidnapped boy.



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Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ...
Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ...
Little Adelbert (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mickey (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Eugene Jackson ...
Snowball (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Andy Samuel ...
Andy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Sonny Loy ...
Sing (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester A. Bachman ...
Det. Jinks (mistaken 'suspeck')
Allan Cavan ...
Dick Gilbert ...
William Gillespie ...
Mr. Wallingford
Sam Lufkin ...
Charley Young ...


Little Adelbert, son of a wealthy family, is kidnapped and held for ransom. The gang, led by Mickey, are quickly on the case. Mistaking Detective Jinks as a 'suspeck', the gang captures him and notifies the police, who recognize the detective and release him. One of the kidnappers gives the gang a dollar to deliver a package to Mr. Wallingford: A ransom note attached to a pigeon. The note tells the Wallingfords to attach (5) $1000 bills to the pigeon, but the kids accidentally let the pigeon escape. Riding with Mr. Wallingford, the gang goes to an airfield and hides from Det. Jinks in a plane that Mr. Wallingford hires to follow the pigeon. During the flight the pigeon lands on the wing and Joe wing walks to retrieve the bird, but drops it. The pilot tries to rescue Joe, but falls (safely into a body of water), leaving Mickey to fly the plane. Mickey, along with Joe and Farina, manage to follow the pigeon who returns to the barn where Little Adelbert is being held. With Mr. ... Written by Bossboy31

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Comedy | Family | Short




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14 December 1924 (USA)  »

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Private Eye  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Mysterious Mystery! is one of the most exciting Our Gangs yet!
25 September 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, The Mysterious Mystery!, is the thirty-third in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series. Little Rich Boy Adelbert Wallingford (Jackie Condon) has been kidnapped. Mickey the Mastermind, a.k.a Sherlock Hawksaw, rounds up his team to attempt to capture one of the people responsible. I'll stop there and just say there's quite a high number of thrills in this one as we're presented with awesome point-of-view shots of a car on the road as well as a plane in flight with Mickey, Joe, and Farina in extreme peril. Oh, and you'll love how inventive they are in capturing a person! This was one of the most exciting Our Gangs yet! So on that note, I highly recommend The Mysterious Mystery! P.S. This marked the series debut of Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson.

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