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Boys Will Be Joys (1925)

Adults have the Pike and Coney Island amusement parks, so the rascals put up their own rides in a large vacant lot. Mickey's got big plans for expansion when surveyors show up to begin work... See full summary »


Robert F. McGowan


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)
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey (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)
Jannie Hoskins Jannie Hoskins ... Mango (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester A. Bachman ... Jim, the surveyor
Allan Cavan Allan Cavan ... Member, Board of Directors
George B. French George B. French ... Member of Board of Directors
William Gillespie ... Member, Board of Directors
William Orlamond ... Member, Board of Directors (unconfirmed)
Gabe Saienz Gabe Saienz ... Kid
Andy Samuel ... (unconfirmed)
Jay R. Smith Jay R. Smith ... Kid


Adults have the Pike and Coney Island amusement parks, so the rascals put up their own rides in a large vacant lot. Mickey's got big plans for expansion when surveyors show up to begin work on a factory. The gang travels by donkey cart to the office of Henry Mills, President of Pan American Export Company, to protest. Henry, in his 60s, is still a boy at heart: he has his chauffeur stop the car so he can join a sandlot game. He bails on a meeting with his board of directors, going with the kids to the factory site where he stops the workers and helps our gang add more rides. The directors follow him, and they get put to work. Will they ever have their meeting? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Family | Comedy | Short





Release Date:

26 July 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnival Time See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edited into Mischief Makers (1960) See more »

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Fun Our Gang
28 January 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Boys Will Be Joys (1925)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pleasant entry in Hal Roach's Our Gang series sees the kids getting kicked off some property where they have been playing since school let out. They decide to go visit the man who owns the property and it turns out that he's a big kid himself so he puts an amusement park up on the property so that the kids can have fun. BOYS WILL BE JOYS isn't the greatest film in the series but it's mildly entertaining thanks in large part to the amusement park that is built up in the second half of the picture. I think there was quite a bit of imagination in this section as the rides are built in a rather interesting way and I really loved the look of some of the rides including one where a car is used without its wheels. Another funny bit involved Farina and his wild animals, which includes what he thinks is a dog but it turns out to be a skunk. The movie has a fairly good story and the director at least keeps the film moving at a pretty good pace. The first part of the movie has a couple good moments including the property owner stopping to play a quick game of baseball.

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