Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Richard Currier
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Hal Roach
Released: January 10, 1926
Studio: Pathe Exchange

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Al Hallet - Crooked Santa
  • Charlie Hall - Motorist
  • Chet Brandenberg - Pedestrian
  • Ed Brandenberg - Store Assistant
  • Gene Morgan - First Officer
  • Jack Ackroyd - Crooked Santa
  • Jack Gavin - Crooked Santa
  • Jack Hill - Pedestrian
  • Jules Mendel - Crooked Santa
  • Martin Wolfkeil - Window Santa
  • Noah Young - Second Officer
  • Richard Daniels Sr. - "Dad," the Shoemaker
  • Sam Lufkin - Inebriated Santa
  • Wallace Howe - Crooked Santa
  • William A. Orlamond - Crooked Santa

The Short

Plot: It's the day before Christmas, and the Rascals have seen too many phony and crooked Santas to believe there is one real Santa Claus. Mickey and Johnny, meanwhile, are touched by the spirit of the real Santa who inspires them to earn the money to help the good cheer of the others. They sell hot bricks to keep feet warm to make some money, buy some gifts, then arrive dressed as Santa with Dinah The Mule dressed up as a reindeer to give out the presents. However, the police is after a band of bootleggers masquerading as Santa, and the gang decides to help gather them up. In the end, they get not only the gifts from Mickey and Johnny but also toys from the bootleggers who filled their bags with both toys and bottles of bootleg in an effort to evade the police.   With so many presents, they have a truly Merry Christmas.

  • "You got a lot to be thankful for. You only got one foot, but I got two." - Mickey to a One-Legged Youngster


  • This was the only Christmas short in the original Our Gang franchise. In 1979, the half-hour The Little Rascals Christmas Special was made.
  • The wind-up toys in the store window were actually actors filmed in miniature.


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