Stage Fright (1923 film)

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Stage Fright
Directed by Robert F. McGowan
Produced by Hal Roach
Written by Hal Roach
H. M. Walker
Starring Joe Cobb
Jackie Condon
Mickey Daniels
Allen Hoskins
Mary Kornman
Ernie Morrison
Jack Davis
Ray Brooks
Richard Daniels
William Gillespie
Helen Gilmore
Clara Guiol
Jack Hill
Jannie Hoskins
Sam Lufkin
Louise Tordera
Charles Stevenson
Distributed by Pathé Exchange
Release date
  • October 21, 1923 (1923-10-21)
Running time
20 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Stage Fright is the 18th Our Gang short subject comedy released. The Our Gang series (later known as "The Little Rascals") was created by Hal Roach in 1922, and continued production until 1944.


Author Fawn Ochletree (Clara Guiol) stages a charity performance of her latest play, a Romanesque epic. The gang and other neighborhood kids are forced into starring in the play, much to the chagrin of the gang. They are completely unable to remember their lines, and struggle with maintaining their composure during the more serious moments of the melodrama. Finally, Jackie sets off a slew of firecrackers as the finale, scaring all involved.

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Stage Fright would be reworked in 1930 as Shivering Shakespeare.

When the television rights for the original silent Pathé Exchange / Our Gang comedies were sold to National Telepix and other distributors, several episodes were retitled. This film was released into TV syndication as Mischief Makers in 1960 under the title "The School Play". About two-thirds of the original film was included. Deleted scenes from the TV episode include the dance sequence with Ernie Morrison and Allen Hoskins.


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