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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:
Charles 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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Decent Our Gang
26 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mysterious Mystery!, The (1924)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Mildly entertaining if rather unfunny flick from Our Gang has Mickey Daniels doing an impersonation of Sherlock Holmes and Joe Cobb being Watson as the two try to discover the whereabouts of a young rich kids who has gone missing. While trying to find the kid the gang must also try and avoid a dumb detective also working the case. The more of these Hal Roach/Our Gang shorts I watch the more amazed I am that I'm not laughing at many of them. For a 20-minute comedy they flow fairly well and there are usually some interesting visuals but I'm still not laughing. This entry in the series offers up a fairly entertaining story but once again we're left without many laughs. The first portion of the film deals with the "investigation" as the kids end up arresting the wrong person but this here turns out to be one of the highlights as our detective gets caught in a very interesting way. The second half deals with the kids getting on an airplane and it taking off leaving Farina on the wing. Obviously the kids weren't in any danger but the poor background footage doesn't help things.

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