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Tired Business Men (1927)

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Robert A. McGowan (as Anthony Mack), Charles Oelze


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)
Jean Darling ... Bossy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jannie Hoskins Jannie Hoskins ... Mango (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Scooter Lowry ... Scooter (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith Jay R. Smith ... Jay (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Clifton Young ... Bonedust (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Johnny Aber Johnny Aber ... Kid Bowling with Bonedust (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jimmy Boudwin Jimmy Boudwin ... Our Gang Member (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Peggy Eames Peggy Eames ... Peggy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Bobby Mallon Bobby Mallon ... Bobby (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Andy Shuford ... Bowling Ball Retriever (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chester A. Bachman ... Officer O'Farrell
Billy Butts ... (unconfirmed)


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Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

15 May 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Revenge See more »

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

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The Hazing of Joe Cobb
19 July 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I thought I had seen just about every one of the Our Gang shorts, from the early, plotless ones before they figured out what they were doing, to the last obnoxious MGM offerings. I was delighted to find one new to me in a fuzzy but pleasantly amber-toned copy. Fat boy Joe Cobb wants to join the kid's club, but their initiation is rougher than a fraternity hazing, and he gets kicked out. He vows his vengeance, so the Gang threatens to cut off his appendix. Joe's father is a cop, so he convinces them he can use his whistle to summon a horde of policemen and bluffs his way into leadership and tormenting them as they had him.

It's one of the shorts in which Our Gang has duplicated a private club to the best of their ability, using old junk and animal-powered contraptions. While it's not my favorite variety of the Gang's adventures -- those are the ones in which the kids fill up two reels with random bits of kids doing kid's stuff -- it does showcase series mastermind Bob McGowan's charming ability to remember how we thought when we were kids and were so anxious to be adults. Alas, now that I am, I never realized how good I had it!

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