When the Wind Blows (1930 film)

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When the Wind Blows
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Directed by James W. Horne
Produced by Robert F. McGowan
Hal Roach
Written by Robert A. McGowan
Starring Jackie Cooper
Bobby Hutchins
Allen Hoskins
Norman Chaney
Mary Ann Jackson
Pete the Pup
Music by Ray Henderson
Cinematography Art Lloyd
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Distributed by MGM
Release dates
  • April 5, 1930 (1930-04-05)
Running time 19:35
Country United States
Language English

When the Wind Blows is a 1930 Our Gang short comedy film directed by James W. Horne.[1] It was the 97th Our Gang short to be released.

Plot[edit]

It is a windy spring night. A man tells Kennedy the cop that it is a fine night for a murder or robbery. Farina is frightened, but his mother still has to do laundry, so he is left in a ramshackle house with windows so weak that the wind blows through a few doors down, Jackie is spanked by his father for refusing to do his homework; his little brother Wheezer is laughing at him. After being spanked, Jackie throws his school book out the window.

Later, after he goes to bed, he overhears his parents saying what a great kid he is and how they want him to grow up and be successful. Jackie, touched by this sentiment, climbs out the window to retrieve his book. He tries to get back in but cannot open the window. As he is trying to get back in, he makes all sorts of noises, causing more commotion in the neighborhood. Jackie tries to break a window by throwing something, but the wind blows the object over to a nearby house and breaks a window there, waking up Chubby and his parents. When Jackie manages to get in to Wheezer's room through another window, Wheezer's dog, Pete, pushes Jackie back out again. Mary Ann next door also wakes up. Jackie manages to get into Mary Ann's room, but she throws him out as well. As he falls out of Mary Ann's window, he lands on a real burglar, knocking him out. Jackie is then considered a hero.

Notes[edit]

  • This is the first Our Gang film to feature music score. The music is an orchestral scoring of songs popular at the time, not the jazz-based scorings typical of Our Gang films. It also marked Edgar Kennedy's last Our Gang appearance.
  • All the scenes with Farina were cut in 1970 from the Little Rascals television print due to perceived racism but were reinstated on AMC's airings in 2001 to 2003.

Cast[edit]

The Gang[edit]

Additional cast[edit]

  • Betty Jane Beard as Hector
  • Chet Brandenburg - Flustered man
  • Mary Gordon - Chubby's mother
  • Edgar Kennedy - Kennedy the Cop
  • Charles McAvoy - Henry, Jackie's dad
  • Emma Reed - Farina's mother
  • Julian Rivero - Henry, Jackie's dad (Spanish language version)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canby, Vincent. "New York Times: When the Wind Blows". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 

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