Joe, Farina, Harry, Mary Ann, Pleurisy and Wheezer

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach and Robert F. McGowan
Director: Anthony Mack
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Richard Currier
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Hal Roach
Released: January 12, 1929
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Baldwin Cooke - Gangster
  • Clarence Muse - Farina and Pleurisy's Father
  • Dick Gilbert - Gangster
  • Ed Brandenberg - Pedestrian
  • Gene Morgan - Police Officer
  • Ham Kinsey - Bystander in town
  • Jack Hill - Gangster
  • Louise Beavers - Farina and Pleurisy's Mother
  • Retta Palmer - Bystander in town

The Short

Plot: Farina and Pleurisy are stuck delivering the laundry their mother takes in, much as Farina did with Ernie back in Saturday Morning. Unfortunately, the other Rascals are up to some nasty tricks. Jay R. and Joe are running (for a position that is never explained), and expect Farina and Pleurisy to elect one of them. The two are threatened by the candidates, preventing them from leaving their yard to deliver the laundry. To get out of electing (and fighting), they try a number of disguises which fail; the only one that works is hiding in the scarecrow which scares even their parents. They finally get into town and get caught up in the plot of the Pool Room Party to loot the ballot boxes. The two of them unwittingly foil the crooks and return the lost ballots hidden in their laundry wagon, but none of this impresses mother who is upset that the laundry wasn't delivered.

  • "You don't cross that line till I'm elected!" - Jay R. Smith
  • "We gotta catch him before he starts votin'" - Joe


  • The visual gag with the cloud of dust kicked up by Farina and Pleurisy's parents was borrowed from Spook Spoofing and reused in "Way Out West" by Laurel and Hardy.
  • This was the last appearance of Jackie Condon in the Our Gang series. Having been absent since the short, Growing Pains, he had appeared in seventy-eight shorts over seven years; only Allen Hoskins, George McFarland, William Thomas Jr. and Joseph Cobb would beat him in the sheer number of shorts completed.
  • In available prints it is never explained why Joe and Jay are so determined to prevent Farina from leaving his yard and voting, but a missing open title card explains a lot: "The trouble started when Farina threatened to vote eight times against each candidate."


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