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When the Wind Blows (1930)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Short | 5 April 1930 (USA)
The kids foil a burglary.


James W. Horne


H.M. Walker (story editor), Robert A. McGowan (story)

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Credited cast:
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Pete the Dog ... Pete (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Rivero ... Henry, Jackie's Dad (Spanish language version)


Jackie throws his schoolbook out the window in disgust, but then climbs outside to retrieve it. Finding himself locked out, he tries various means of getting back inside without his parents finding out. When his parents mistake his noises for a burglar, a local policeman is called, but he seems incompetent to catch either the phony burglar or the real one who has shown up in the meantime. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Family | Short







English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las fantasmas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released in four versions with a different language spoken by the actors in each one: English, Spanish, French, and German. The new dialogue was not dubbed in; instead, each scene was shot four times, one take for each language. This process was helped with the aid of language tutors, blackboards placed out of camera range with the phonetic dialogue written on them, and the hiring of foreign actors for the incidental roles. This process was also used in the Little Rascals shorts The First Seven Years (1930) and A Tough Winter (1930). See more »


Kennedy the cop tells the burglar, "One move and I'll blow your head off," with his mouth closed. See more »


Henry, Jackie's Dad: [after giving Jack a spanking with his shoe] Son, this hurts me as much as it does you.
Jack: [rubbing his sore behind] Yeah, but not in the same place though.
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Alternate-language version of Las fantasmas (1930) See more »


That Old Gang Of Mine
Music by Ray Henderson
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Middling results in early Gang talkie effort
11 February 2001 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

When I grew up watching "When the Wind Blows" on television, I had no idea Farina was in the film. All his scenes showing his home life and him being scared were deleted. While this was done out of sensitivity to modern viewers, a lot is missed when viewing the TV version. And besides, several of the other kids are shown scared, so why not Farina?

Jackie gets locked out of his house on a cold and windy night. Kennedy the Cop makes things worse as usual by thinking there is a burglar loose. Jackie attempts to climb into Mary Ann's window, but to no avail.

A decent Gang outing, but not an important one in the series. 6 out of 10.

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