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Andy Samuel, Ernie Morrison, Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman and Jack Davis

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Photography: Len Powers
Editor:
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Hal Roach
Released: February 25, 1923
Studio: Pathe Exchange

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: The gang has headed to the county fair for a free look at the festivities. Little Jackie tries to join them, but they push him away because he's too little. Meanwhile, the owner of the DeRues Trained Animal Show sends his overworked employee to exercise two of the horses. He meets the gang and impresses them with the talents of the horses, teaming up with them to throw together their own mini-fair accepting everything from marbles to cigar coupons as tickets. Little Farina acts as their security guard complete with a billy club, occasionally chasing away Jackie. They have exhibits of normal pets disguised as exotic animals, a makeshift dog-powered merry-go-round, a shooting gallery and a telescope. Their main act is themselves impersonating their favorite Silent Film stars. Towards the end of the show, Little Jackie, however, goes through letting all the animals out of their cages, and in the fracas, Mr. DeRues comes round looking for his employee to discipline him, just as one of the dogs breaks loose and comes after him instead.
Quotes:

  • "Small boys pass up only one thing at a county fair... the box office." - Opening Narration
  • "Chase yo'rself - You're too little to play with us men." - Jack Davis
  • "Hotziggity! Some class!" - Joe
  • "You're th' police force - An' yo' got a'thority to soak ever'body." - Ernie
  • "Awl 4. 1. an 2 by 4!" - Mickey Daniels as Douglas Fairbanks
  • "Ladees an' gen'lemen! Our nex will be the greatest kongragation o' movin' pitcher stars 'at ever kongragated." - Booker T.

Notes/Trivia:

  • This was the first short for Andrew Samuel. He was hired by Hal Roach by impressing him with his imitation of Charlie Chaplin which lead to the creation of this short.
  • In the photo above, Andy Samuel is doing his Charlie Chaplin impression with Ernie Morrison as Uncle Tom, Mickey Daniels as Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Kornman as Mary Pickford and Jack Davis as William S. Hart. Not included in the photo is a imitation of Harold Lloyd, a Hal Roach comedy actor who was brought to life by an unknown actor, but credited as Billy Lord by Maltin and Bann.
  • Many of the gags in the gang's kiddie movie are from that of "Grandma's Boy", in which Harold Lloyd starred in.

Sequence


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