Bring Home the Turkey

Farina, Uncle Tom, Mango

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Robert F. McGowan and Anthony Mack
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Richard Currier
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Hal Roach
Released: January 16, 1927
Studio: Pathe Exchange

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: The Rascals are kids at the Happyland Home Orphanage run by a cruel headmaster, nicknamed "Wart-head", and two female employees. Their only friend is Uncle Tom, who keeps and raises Farina, Mango and Pleurisy. After bringing pancakes and cookies for the gang and relieving them of their digging duties, Uncle Tom manages to anger Wart-head enough that he has child services remove Uncle Tom's kids from their home, since they are apparently not truly his. They are taken to the orphanage and forced to clean the rooms. Farina misunderstands a conversation between the female employees regarding preparation for cooking chicken and thinks the orphans are going to be killed and eaten. He rallies the rest of the gang for help and convinces Johnny to write a note asking Uncle Tom to come save them from their "fate". "Wart-head" finds the note first, and severely beats Johnny and some of the other children with his whip, leaving lash marks on Johnny's bare legs. Uncle Tom's dog manages to take the note from "Wart-head" and delivers it to Uncle Tom, who rescues the kids and escapes with them to an old abandoned mansion. Uncle Tom "borrows" food, clothing and furniture from various local businesses to furnish the children and their new home. Wart-head shows up with three other men in tow to retrieve the children and a fight ensues. Uncle Tom ends up losing the children again. We then see Uncle Tom sitting before Judge Farrell and his gavel. After hearing their story, the judge replaces the previous employees of the orphanage and leaves Uncle Tom in charge of the kitchen. Old "Wart-head" and his cronies are chased away by Uncle Tom's dog, who ends up tearing the pants of of Wart-head, as he runs off down the road.

  • "Uncle Tom, They gonna cut our heads off an eat us for breakfast, cum an get us Farina Mango Plurisy" - note written by Johnny
  • "- Lordy, Judge - Ah didn't know you'd fire old 'Wart-head' an' fix this place all up." - Uncle Tom



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