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Railroadin'
Our Gang 1929 Railroadin.jpg
Directed byRobert F. McGowan
Written byRobert F. McGowan
H.M. Walker
Produced byRobert F. McGowan
Hal Roach
StarringJoe Cobb
Allen Hoskins
Norman Chaney
Harry Spear
Mary Ann Jackson
Bobby Hutchins
Otto Fries
CinematographyF. E. Hershey
Art Lloyd
Edited byRichard C. Currier
Music byRay Henderson
Distributed byMGM
Release date
  • June 15, 1929 (1929-06-15)
Running time
18' 40"[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Railroadin' is an Our Gang short comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan.[2][3] Produced by Hal Roach and released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was the 88th release in the Our Gang series.

Plot

The gang is playing around the railroad station, and Joe and Chubby's father, an engineer, lectures against the kids playing in such a dangerous area. True to his word, after Joe and Chubby's father leaves, a crazy man starts a train with most of the kids on it, save for Farina who is nearly run over several times.

Once Farina manages to climb aboard himself, the kids attempt to stop the runaway locomotive, but have no luck until the engine crashes into a grocery truck. As it turns out, however, the entire incident is revealed to be a dream Farina had as Joe and Chubby's father lectured the kids about rail-yard safety.

Production notes

Railroadin' is a partial remake of The Sun Down Limited. The film marked the first appearance of Norman Chaney as "Chubby", having won a national contest to replace Joe Cobb as the Our Gang "fat kid".

Lost soundtrack

Like many early sound films, Railroadin' was recorded using a sound-on-disc synchronization process - the soundtracks for the film were held on separate phonographic records, which would be played by a projectionist in synch with the film. The sound discs for the film went missing at MGM in the 1940s, and only the film negative survived. When MGM sold Roach the catalog of Our Gang films made at the Roach studio, it therefore acquired only the picture element of Railroadin'; as such, the short was never included in any of the Little Rascals theatrical reissue or television distribution packages.

Home movie distributor Blackhawk Films produced a silent film adaption of Railroadin' with text titles in the 1970s, leading to the film's first release in any form since its original theatrical release. In 1982, the long-lost sound discs for Railroadin' were located in an MGM vault, and the film was finally made available with sound for the first time in decades via a 1983 VHS release by Blackhawk. Railroadin' has since been released on DVD as well, but was never added into the Little Rascals television package, despite being restored to sound.

Cast

The Gang

Additional cast

See also

References

  1. ^ theluckycorner.com/
  2. ^ "Silent Era: Railroadin'". silentera. Retrieved September 16, 2008.
  3. ^ Hall, Mordaunt. "New York Times: Railroadin'". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2008.

External links

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