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Dogs of War!
(1923)

 

In 1922, Hal Roach created a new series of comedy short films starring a group of young kids who, although they were officially named Hal Roach’s Rascals, quickly became popularly known by the title of one of their earliest films, Our Gang (1922). Roach soon learned that he had tapped a gold mine, and produced far more than 100 Our Gang films from 1922 through 1938, when the rights to the series were sold to Our Gang distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The series featured a number of talented and popular child performers who inevitably grew too old to remain participants in the series and were replaced by other children. Fans of the Our Gang series grew to love Mickey, Jackie, Joe, Farina, Mary, Wheezer and others, and later grew attached to Spanky, Alfalfa, Porky, Buckwheat, Darla and Butch in the golden era.

In Dogs of War! (1923) the gang defends Kelly’s tomato patch against invasion by other neighborhood kids, then the kids try to get into the movies, and they meet Harold Lloyd on the set of Why Worry? (1923). The buildings and grounds of the Hal Roach Studios (“West Coast Studios”) are clearly seen in the film. — Carl Bennett

coverImage Entertainment
2002 DVD edition

Slapstick Encyclopedia (1909-1929), black & white and color-toned black & white, 1089 minutes total, not rated,
including Dogs of War! (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Film Preservation Associates, distributed by Image Entertainment,
ID0699DSDVD, UPC 0-14381-06992-1.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, dual-layered DVD discs, Region 0, 4.5 Mbps average video bit rate, 224 kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, five standard DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $69.99.
Release date: 7 May 2002.
Country of origin: USA

Ratings (1-10): video: 8 / audio: 7 / additional content: 0 / overall: 8.

This edition of Dogs of War! (1923), with Hal Roach’s Our Gang, has been transferred full-frame from a very-good 35mm print.

The film is accompanied by synthesizer music by Brian Benison.

We recommend this home video edition of Dogs of War!

 
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coverAlpha Video
2007 DVD edition

Hal Roach’s Rascals (1923-1928), black & white, 175 minutes total, not rated,
including Dogs of War! (1923), black & white, 26 minutes, not rated.

Alpha Home Entertainment, ALP5312D, UPC 0-89218-53129-2.
Full-frame and windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 8 chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $6.98.
Release date: 24 April 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This budget-priced Alpha release has collected together eight Our Gang films that are commonly available elsewhere on DVD.

Dogs of War! (1923) has been windowbox transferred from a very-good 35mm or 16mm fine-grain reduction print.

The film is accompanied by vintage jazz recordings.

 
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coverPassport Video
2007 DVD edition

Smiles and Spectacles: A Harold Lloyd Treasury (1917-1947), black & white, 600 minutes total, not rated,
including Dogs of War! (1923), black & white, 26 minutes, not rated.

Passport Video, DVD-5160, UPC 0-25493-51609-8.
Windowboxed 4:3 NTSC, five single-sided, single-layered DVD discs, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, no chapter stops, five-disc DVD keepcase, $19.98.
Release date: 13 February 2007.
Country of origin: USA

This budget edition has been mastered from 16mm print materials.

 
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Other OUR GANG films of the silent era available on home video.

Other silent era HAROLD LLOYD films available on home video.

Other SHORT COMEDY FILMS of the silent era available on home video.
 
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