The Devil, Mary Ann and Jean

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Robert F. McGowan
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Richard Currier
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Robert F. McGowan
Released: November 9, 1929
Studio: M-G-M

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Adele Watson - Mary Ann's Mom
  • Allen Cavan - Second Pedestrian
  • Charley Young - Dr. A. M. Austin
  • Emma Reed - Farina's Mom
  • Ham Kinsey - First Pedestrian
  • Jack O'Brien - The Devil
  • Orpha Alba - Joe's Mom

The Short

Plot: On Saturday, the gang wants to enjoy the day out of school. Farina has a dream of getting served by a butler. Unfortunately, their parents have other plans, saddling them with chores who warn them the Devil will get them if they don't obey. Farina has to beat carpets and Joe Cobb is stuck chopping wood. Sisters Mary Ann and Jean have to wash dishes while their brothers Harry and Wheezer must clean up their yard. However, the four siblings decide to go to the park, where Farina and Joe soon meet up with them. They laugh at their parent's warnings, but a man dressed as the Devil to promote Mephisto Heaters overhears them. Deciding to scare them into obeying their parents, he chases all the kids back home, warning he'll be back every Saturday if they don't obey. Joe is so scared his mother can't get him to stop chopping wood; she drags him inside and doses him with castor oil. By time the doctor arrives, Joe's pile of wood is bigger than the house! Likewise, Mary Ann pleads for more spinach from her mother, and then joins her siblings in cleaning the yard at an incredible pace. Farina beats the carpets so severely that nothing but shreds are left of them. Eventually the devil explains the situation to the mothers. However, Pete delivers his own lesson and clamps down on the devil's tail and refuses to let go.

  • "All I do round this place is eat spinach and work." - Wheezer
  • "- You little boys an' girls out there - Let this be a lesson to you -" - Joe


  • This was the last Our Gang silent film in the series.
  • This short, along with Love My Dog, actually acknowledge the audience.  In this short, the gang specifically acknowledges children in the audience.


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