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Barnum & Ringling, Inc. (1928)

The gang are living in a posh, but boring, hotel. They decide to stage a circus with their motley collection of dressed up pet animals which gets out of hand causing chaos throughout the hotel.

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Robert F. McGowan

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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)
Jean Darling ... Jean (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith Jay R. Smith ... Jay (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Harry Spear Harry Spear ... Harry (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Pete the Dog ... Pete (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby Dean Bobby Dean ... Little Egypt (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Paul Toien Paul Toien ... Our Gang member (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Aber Johnny Aber ... Kid (unconfirmed)
Dorothy Coburn Dorothy Coburn ... Lady who sits on egg
George B. French George B. French ... Desk clerk
William Gillespie William Gillespie ... Hotel manager
Oliver Hardy ... Startled drunk
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The gang are living in a posh, but boring, hotel. They decide to stage a circus with their motley collection of dressed up pet animals which gets out of hand causing chaos throughout the hotel.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1928 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The date of release: Saturday, April 7th, 1928, in numerals, April is month number 4, then multiply the day number 7. Four times seven equal 28, the last two digits, of 1928. Also, it was six days before "Friday, the 13th" superstition day, to some. See more »

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Circus in a Hotel
4 March 2010 | by tharrxSee all my reviews

The gang usually played middle class or poor kids, but in this one, they're all guests in a posh hotel (except for Farina, who's a bellboy). They still plan mischief, however, and decide to stage a full scale circus with a menagerie of "authentic" wild animals.

The wild animals--cats, dogs, etc, made up to look like various exotic species--is a major part of this short, and though a lot of them are funny, the montage of them goes on a bit long. There are some odd choices as well. Why dress up a parrot as a turtle, or an ostrich as a Zebra? Aren't they exotic enough as is? Well, that's the gang for you.

Of course, they get caught and the hotel is soon full of guests being spooked by weirdly dressed kids and animals.

And yes, Oliver Hardy plays a drunk. I'm not sure if this was a star cameo or whether he was just doing his bit as a Hal Roach contract player.

The print I saw was in great condition, and has the real appeal of all classic Our Gang Comedies, which is watching kids misbehave and having the time of their lives in the process.


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