Your Own Back Yard

Mary, Johnny, Jackie, Mickey, and Joe looking on as Farina is told to stay in his own back yard

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Editor: Richard Currier
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Hal Roach
Released: September 27, 1925
Studio: Pathe Exchange

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

The Short

Plot: Farina is on the outs with the rest of the gang. He tries playing with the other kids but they chase him off. His only true friend is his goat Narcippus. After playing with the chickens in his yard, Farina finds a dime and decides to buy an ice cream cone. Mickey quickly swindles Farina out of his food. The gang then tricks Farina into being on the wrong end of a trick camera that squirts water. Farina then runs into a Mexican boy who gives him some Mexican jumping beans. The chickens end up eating them and start hopping up and down. The rest of the gang get their hands on some free samples of dental cream. They end up using the cream to brush the teeth of some dogs, giving them the appearance of foaming at the mouth. A police chase ensues with guns a blazin' to shoot the rabid dogs. Farina mistakenly thinks the cops are chasing him. After outrunning the police, he eventually falls asleep in a chair belonging to a street beggar. When he wakes up, he has a small fortune in the tin cup on the chair. He goes to the store and buys a new outfit with a watch and cane, as well as a wagon full of toys and balloons. The gang sees Farina with his new duds and want to share in his new found wealth. He tells them to "stay in yo' own back ya'd". Narcippus accidently pops one of Farina's balloons and the noise reminds him of the police guns, so he tears off down the street with his goat and wagon in tow.

  • "The doctor says he left a new baby at our house. I'm running to tell mamma!" - Joe Cobb
  • "- Go an' stay in yo' own back ya'd! -" - Farina


  • This film was once thought to be lost, but a nitrate print of Reel Two was donated to the Library of Congress in 1979. The complete film has since been located.
  • Actress Fay Wray is possibly best known for the 1933 movie "King Kong."


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