The Smile Wins (1928)

  |  Comedy, Family, Short

Farina's mother is very ill and the mortgage is due. He tries to take over her laundry business, but the kids just wreck the clothes. Joe takes pity and devises a scheme to make money: the gang builds their own oil well.


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Robert F. McGowan


Robert A. McGowan (story), Hal Roach (story), H.M. Walker (titles)

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18 March 2013 | Paularoc
| A wonderful Our Gang short
This Our Gang silent short centers around Farina, a boy who can still smile even when life is incredibly difficult. He and his sister are supported by their mother, a laundress. The mother becomes ill and things become even tougher for Farina. The gang initially harasses Farina and one of the gang pours mud into the the packages of clean laundry that Farina is on his way to deliver to a customer. The first gang member to befriend Farina is Joe Cobb and when the others learn what dire straights Farina and his family are in, they all pitch in to help him. Even Petey the dog gets into the act. A delightful short that I was fortunate enough to see a great print of at the 2013 Syracuse Cinefest.


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26 February 1928



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