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Seeing the World (1927)


Robert A. McGowan (as Anthony Mack), Robert F. McGowan


Hal Roach (story), H.M. Walker (titles)


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Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Johnny Downs ... Johnny (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Scooter Lowry ... Scooter (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jay R. Smith Jay R. Smith ... Jay (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Peggy Eames Peggy Eames ... Peggy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Brandenburg Ed Brandenburg ... Window washer
Frank Butler Frank Butler ... English pedestrian
Dorothy Darling ... Woman at Pier
Jean Darling ... Girl at Pier
James Finlayson ... James Finlayson, teacher
Charlie Hall ... English chauffeur
Ham Kinsey ... Ship's official (unconfirmed)
Stan Laurel ... English pedestrian


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Comedy | Family | Short





Release Date:

13 February 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Roamin' Holiday See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Edited into Mischief Makers (1960) See more »

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Seeing the World was an interesting Our Gang travelogue
11 September 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, Seeing the World, is the fifty-fifth in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series. Teacher James Finlayson is excited about going to Europe but hadn't expected his students to go with him. They go to Naples, Pompeii, Rome, Venice, London, and Paris. It's in the last city that they go to the Eiffel Tower. Farina gets in a little trouble there...The version I watched of this short on Internet Archive had Russian intertitles so I couldn't understand what they were saying although the Our Gang filmography book by Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann mentions some of them. It also explains that while Fin and director Bob McGowan did go abroad, the kids in those sequences were of the children from there in long shots unless it's the obvious back-projection scenes with the real kids. Of real interest to me was the appearance of Stan Laurel in the London sequence wearing glasses in his brief scene. He later claimed to not appear in this or any Our Gang short (For the record, he also appeared with Oliver Hardy in Wild Poses). Perhaps his scene with Frank Butler was meant for something else as many scenes were pulled from newsreel footage like that of the then Prince of Wales who would later become King Edward VIII. Farina's sequence in the Eiffel Tower is pretty thrilling and a little funny though since this is a comedy, one isn't surprised when the ending comes. Overall, Seeing the World isn't hilarious but it is amusing in spots and is interesting as a travelogue of the time. P.S. This was supposedly Jean Darling's first OG appearance with her scene at the pier but I didn't notice her anywhere there. Anyway, she recently died last September 4 at age 93. Update-4/6/16: I just saw the English intertitle version on YouTube. The original rating stays.

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