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Shivering Spooks (1926)

The kids are playing baseball when a man dressed in Middle-Eastern clothing comes out and tells them to be quiet. They join Mary, Farina, and Scooter in the gang's hide-out while Mary is ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert F. McGowan

Writers:

Hal Roach (story), H.M. Walker (titles)
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Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Johnny Downs ... Johnny (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Kornman ... Mary (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Scooter Lowry ... Skooter (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith Jay R. Smith ... Jay (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ... Bonedust (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Bowen ... Assistant to Professor Fleece
Dorothy Coburn ... Woman with Three Husbands
George B. French ... Professor Fleece
Clara Guiol Clara Guiol ... Séance attendee (unconfirmed)
Henry J. Hill Henry J. Hill ... Henry (unconfirmed)
Ham Kinsey ... Assistant to Professor Fleece
Tiny Sandford ... Detective
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The kids are playing baseball when a man dressed in Middle-Eastern clothing comes out and tells them to be quiet. They join Mary, Farina, and Scooter in the gang's hide-out while Mary is reading ghost stories. While on the other side of the wall, the Arab-looking man is cheating people out of their money by staging a fake séance using state-of-the-art special effects. The cave entrance for the gang's hide-out collapses, so they light candles and dig into the wall, entering into the house. Those, he deceived realize they are being cheated and run to get the police to catch and book the criminals. One criminal finds out that the kids are in the house, and dresses up in a ghost costume and chases the kids throughout the house. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Family | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunted House See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good Number of Laughs
31 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Shivering Spooks (1926)

*** (out of 4)

Fun our Gang short has the kids (minus Mickey Daniels) in their secret cave when the opening collapses on them and they must find another way out. At the end of the cave they manage to get into a room where a medium is performing a fake séance. Soon the bad guys are trying to get rid of the kids by using various haunting techniques. SHIVERING SPOOKS is perhaps one of the most controversial films in the series as there are many jokes aimed at Farina that most people are going to be offended by. The entire film has all the kids in peril but little Farina gets the most abuse including the kids forcing him to enter a certain place even though it could kill him. Another sequence has Mary telling him a story about ghosts and he asks why there aren't any black ones and she replies that you wouldn't be able to see them at night. Those familiar with these silent movies will know that in 1926 this type of humor is what people wanted so when viewing them with eyes today it's important to remember that this film was simply made in a different era. The rest of the film is actually pretty good as we get various laughs with the kids trying to avoid all the ghosts that keep stalking them. One running gag has Joe losing his pants with kids trying to hold onto him and this includes a rather cute sequence with him and Farina trying to get away from a ghost.


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