Monday, February 20, 2012

No Noise - 1923

Country: United States
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Writers: Hal Roach (story), H.M. Walker (titles)
Stars: Charles A. Bachman, Joe Cobb and Jackie Condon
Release Date: 23 September 1923 (USA)
Production Co: Hal Roach Studios
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Chase | Human Skeleton | Our Gang | Hospital | X Ray Machine  |  Tonsillitis | X Ray | Skeleton | Scare | Castor Oil | Animate Skeleton | Hospital Visit | Skeleton Mask | Tonsils | Tonsillectomy | Children | Actor Shares First Name With Character
Genres: Comedy | Family | Short
"No Noise" is an interesting early silent Our Gang comedy involving the gang visiting Mickey Daniels in the hospital and running wild in said institution. The doctors try to scare them away the results and laugh! Although a few of the gags are elaborate for a 1920's comedy (those involving the x-ray machine in particular), the naturalness and likability of the kids make this a winner, as is the case with most of the Gang/Rascals films. Some of the PC killjoys will shudder at seeing the doctors ham it up by scaring the kids while chasing them with saws, but most viewers to have enough sense to lighten up and see this for what it is, for entertainment purposes only and let the PC crowd gag on DVD's of the nauseating Care Bears and Barney the Dinosaur.
It may be surprising that the richly comic device of the Gang on the loose in a hospital was rarely repeated in later Gang/rascals comedies that most viewers are familiar with, but the syrup and Castor oil gag with Mickey Daneils and his nurse was remade with Dickie Moore in "Free Wheeling" (itself a remake of the silent "Tire Trouble" and "One Wild Ride"-Hal Roach and Bob McGowan were really big on self-referencing) and this episode was redone in the later MGM post Little Rascals Our Gang comedy "Men in Fright," with Alfalfa reprising Mickey Daniels' role. Like other early Gang films, it is a truly pleasant way to spend 20 minutes.

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