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Dogs of War! (1923)

The gang wages war using old vegetables as munitions. Later, they ruin a movie in progress when they double-expose the film.


Robert F. McGowan


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


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Credited cast:
Hal Roach's Rascals Hal Roach's Rascals ... The Kids
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jack Davis Jack Davis ... Jack (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Kornman ... Mary (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Ernest Morrison ... Ernie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elmo Billings ... Opposing Army Member
Roy Brooks ... Receptionist
Bob Davis Bob Davis ... Truck driver
Dick Gilbert Dick Gilbert ... Studio guard
William Gillespie William Gillespie ... Director of 'Should Husbands Work?'
Clara Guiol Clara Guiol ... Actress, mother of 'Little Clarice'
Jack Hill Jack Hill ... Officer


Two groups of children are staging a mock trench battle in a tomato patch. When the battle ends, one girl's mother comes to take her to her job at the nearby motion picture studio. The other children decide that it might be fun to work there, too, and they sneak into the unsuspecting studio. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

1 July 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battleground See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Filmed alongside Harold Lloyd's Why Worry? (1923), using the South American town set built for that film, and featuring Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston as themselves. See more »

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An Entertaining, Creative Short Comedy
13 October 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With two different but both creative and entertaining sequences, this Our Gang comedy works very well. It features some lively yet believable performances by the young cast, and as a bonus there is also a fun cameo appearance by Harold Lloyd.

Both the mock battle scene and the studio scene are full of good material, with some creative props and amusing gags. The mock battle is not only entertaining to watch, but also comes across as just the kind of thing that a group of imaginative children would conceive of. The sequence in the studio is less tightly organized, but it has a good manic pace to it, and it is high-lighted by some clever visual effects.

The studio sequence also offers a pleasant, light-hearted look at the movie business, which is typical of this kind of scene in silent comedies. This lack of pretense in the way that many in the industry of the era saw themselves is quite a contrast from the ponderous self-importance of so many of today's film-makers. That could be one of the reasons why you so rarely see such lively, innocently enjoyable comedies like this anymore.

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