The beloved humorist Will Rogers, whose own series of Hal Roach two-reelers was produced concurrently with the studio's Our Gang series, makes a guest appearance in the Gang comedy Jubilo Jr.. The film opens with Rogers, as wandering hobo Jubilo, befriending a group of fellow tramps and telling them all about his childhood adventures. The film then flashes back to the younger Jubilo, now played by Our Gang member Mickey Daniels. Determined to purchase a three-dollar hat for his hard-working mother, little Jubilo hatches all manner of moneymaking schemes, including his own neighborhood circus. Though the film ends on a jarringly Pirandellian note, the final image of the Our Gang kids suddenly materializing on the horizon is both poignant and unforgettable. Originally released on June 29, 1924, Jubilo Jr. was remade as the 1932 Our Gang talkie Birthday Blues. Curiously, the earlier film was not included in the first Our Gang TV package; instead, it made its video premiere as part of Paul Killiam's Movie Museum silent-film series.
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