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Fish Hooky (1933)

A truant officer spots the kids in an amusement park. They try to escape him.


Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)




Credited cast:
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Stymie (as Our Gang)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Dorothy (as Our Gang)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Our Gang)
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky (as Our Gang)
Dickie Moore ... Dickie (as Our Gang)
Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard ... Cotton (as Our Gang)
John 'Uh huh' Collum John 'Uh huh' Collum ... Uh-huh (as Our Gang)
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Our Gang)
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey Daniels (as Our Gang)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Our Gang)
Mary Kornman ... Mary Kornman (as Our Gang)
Pete the Pup Pete the Pup ... Pete (as Our Gang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgie Billings Georgie Billings ... Georgie
Baldwin Cooke ... Amusement park barker
Bobby DeWar Bobby DeWar ... Student


Stymie and his friends plot to play hooky from school in order to go fishing, unaware that their teacher, Miss Kornman, is closing the school for the day in order to take the kids to the amusement park. Mickey, the truant officer, gets wind of the hooky plans and, just for fun, chases the would-be hooky players all around the park. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Family | Comedy | Short


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The beach scenes were filmed at Venice Amusement Pier. Constructed in 1921, Venice Amusement Pier was located at the foot of Windward Avenue, about 6 miles southwest of Hal Roach Studios. The pier was demolished in 1946, and nothing remains today except for the Venice Breakwater located where the end of the pier was. It should not be confused with Venice Pier at the foot of Washington Boulevard which still stands in 2020. See more »


Joe: Hi, punks. Goin' to school, huh?
The Gang: Yeah.
Farina: Why don't you play fish hooky, and come fishin' with us?
Joe: Yeah, boys. They're sure bitin'.
Stymie: [in a mock prayer] Get thee behind me, Satan, and don't push!
Dickie: I'd like to play hooky, but I'm afraid.
Joe: We'll write you some excuses.
Farina: We used to pull that on Miss Crabtree. She never knowed.
Dickie: What do you think, Stymie?
Stymie: Well, if you had pneumonia, it might be all right.
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Music by Leroy Shield
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"I'll lock you all up in REFORM school!"
6 November 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Absolutely hilarious installment of the classic Little Rascals series.

The classic children's comedies that spanned 20 years from the early 20's all the way to world War II, had different kids appear as others became too mature for the roles. This episode was a novelty that assembled some of the cast who had appeared in early episodes, with the kids who had replaced them by the early 30's. Now teens and adults, the older kids play foils for the younger kids, and the results make this one of the three best episodes of the Rascals.

Chubby and Farina tempt the kids into playing hooky from school to go fishing. Part of the conspiracy is to write phony sick notes from their parents, but little do the fish hooky conspirators know that two former Rascals are now their teacher and truant officer, respectively. These two smell a rat when they read poorly spelled and barely legible excuse notes declaring illnesses such as "he has the flu and broke his arm to make it fancy." Also, the hooky-playing guys don't know their class was being taken on a surprise trip to an amusement park. The teacher and truant cop hatch a scheme to scare the wits out of the hooky players, which sets up the good-natured chaos this series was so well known for. The Alcatraz description of reform school is priceless, but it's only the beginning.

The mock pursuit throughout the amusement park was simply brilliant. The sight gags and one-liners are placed with precision, every joke works, and the actors play their parts to the hilt. The sped up footage of the truant officer chasing Stymie throughout the old Long Beach Pike is the funniest bit of all.

This is one of the best short-subject titles of all time.

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Release Date:

28 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

На крючке See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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