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Spook Spoofing (1928)

As a joke, several members of the gang convince Farina, who is "brave but superstitious", that he's caused the demise of a young acquaintance and must therefore lay the body (actually still... See full summary »

Director:

Robert F. McGowan

Writers:

Reed Heustis (titles), Robert A. McGowan (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mildred Kornman Mildred Kornman ... Mildred (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 ... Bobby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Aber Johnny Aber ... Kid running
Chester A. Bachman ... Officer
Jean Darling ... Jean (unconfirmed)
Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd ... Vendor
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As a joke, several members of the gang convince Farina, who is "brave but superstitious", that he's caused the demise of a young acquaintance and must therefore lay the body (actually still very alive) to rest in the old burying ground, under the watchful eye of "the graveyard witch". The joke backfires spectacularly on the pranksters. Written by Peter W. Many, Jr. (PMSusana)

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1928 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The date of release: Saturday, January 14th, 1928, was one day after superstition day (to some), "Friday, the 13th". See more »

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Our Gang Scare-Fest Gets Better at the End
15 October 2006 | by TomSee all my reviews

This short has a lot of funny moments, but it's too long (the longest of all the "Our Gang" shorts, I've heard), and leans too much on mocking the cowardice and gullibility of Farina, the sole black character in the film. The rest of the gang is reduced to a bunch of bullies. The more they pick on Farina, the slower and more annoying the film becomes.

The short picks up when Farina is tricked into entering a graveyard and the gang's pranks backfire, scaring them as much as Farina. Some of the gags are elaborate and even spooky, and the pace becomes lightning fast. I think if they had edited down the first half this would have been a classic.


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