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Playin' Hookey (1928)


Robert A. McGowan (as Anthony Mack)


H.M. Walker


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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)
Jannie Hoskins Jannie Hoskins ... Zuccini (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 ... Pansy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Arras Harry Arras ... Movie-maker
Chet Brandenburg ... Keystone-ish cop
Ed Brandenburg Ed Brandenburg ... Keystone-ish cop
Dorothy Coburn Dorothy Coburn ... Actress at Makeup Table
Edgar Dearing ... Herr Dun der Blitzen
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... Joe's father


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Comedy | Family | Short







Release Date:

1 January 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Movie Makers See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The date of release: January 1st, 1928, was not only a week after 1927's Christmas on Sunday, December 25th, 1927, & New Year's Day of 1928, it was also twelve days before superstition day (to some) of "Friday, the 13th". See more »


Edited into Mischief Makers (1960) See more »

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Playin' Hookey was a funny enough silent Our Gang short
28 July 2016 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, Playin' Hookey, is the sixty-fifth in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series. Pansy-played by Pete the Pup-is chasing chickens and tearing furniture to the consternation of Joe's mother and father. So the dad decides to shoot Pansy but Joe tells him to play dead beforehand. He then overhears a shooting by cops in one car chasing bad guys in another. Turns out a movie is being shot and they need a dog. Joe convinces the director to cast Pansy. The rest of the gang tag along as they wreck havoc at the All-American Studios...Directed by Anthony Mack, nephew of usual regular Gang director Bob McGowan, there are quite some funny scenes involving people in animal costumes and one actor in particular getting trampled by the kids. Another player, Charlie Hall, plays a comic with a prop mustache who gets involved in a pie fight, similar to one done on Laurel & Hardy's The Battle of the Century which filmed on the same Hal Roach Studios lot and which Hall also appeared in. Another notable appearance is of one Charley Oelze-prop man at Roach-who shows Hall here how to handle prop gun powder. Oh, and as you have probably figured out, the title seems to have nothing to do with this short's plot since no one mentions skipping school here...P.S. The black woman in maid's uniform was Edith Fortier, aunt of Allen "Farina" Hoskins.

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