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Young Sherlocks (1922)

The Mystic J.J.J.'s challenge Ernie's bravery; he spins a tale of saving a rich young girl from kidnappers and of creating a utopia called Freetown.

Writers:

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

Cast overview:
Peggy Cartwright ... Mary Jane (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie 'Mickey' (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Ernest Morrison ... Ernie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Dinah Dinah ... Dinah (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
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The Mystic J.J.J.'s challenge Ernie's bravery; he spins a tale of saving a rich young girl from kidnappers and of creating a utopia called Freetown.

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Genres:

Short | Family | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Sherlock See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Childhood Dreams
13 January 2011 | by lowbrowstudiosSee all my reviews

The first Our Gang shorts tended to revolve around young Ernie Morrison - a supporting player at the Roach Studio for years until promoted to a feature role with the Gang. He was also a known commodity to the movie going public at the time, unlike the rest of the troupe. However, it wouldn't take long before the original cast became as well known as Ernie but here they are still getting their feet wet.

When rich girl Peggy is kidnapped Ernie and moppet-headed Jackie ride to the rescue, with Jackie bouncing on the back of the horse like a ping pong ball. The kids ingenuity at getting by in life has always been apparent from the very beginning, such as Ernie supplying baby Farina with morning milk using a goat and a bicycle pump hose. So vanquishing a group of thugs is a piece of cake if one has a mule and an endless supply of cannon balls to launch.

Ernie wraps everything up by spinning a tale about going to Freetown, where everything is free for kids. While this film is more fanciful than the other Gang shorts with more grounded visions of childhood, the ending is still an apt description of this series ability to project the dreams of children through humor.


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