Barnum and Ringling, Inc. (1928)

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Joe Cobb, Jean Darling, Bobby ‘Wheezer’ Hutchins
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan

Synopsis: The Gang are bored as residents of a hotel and decide to set up their own circus, complete with wild animal impersonators.

Kitty Cameo: A large portion of the short is dedicated to the circus menagerie, which are ordinary animals dressed and disguised as exotic ones. Among these animals is what is introduced as an Arizona Beaver, but is actually a white cat with dark markings which has a hot water bottle tied to its tail.

Our Gang - Barnum and Ringling Inc. - white cat with markings with a hot water bottle on tail

A string tied to the cat’s tail allows a boy to make it move. But the cat soon tires of this and wanders away.

Our Gang - Barnum and Ringling Inc. - white cat with markings with hot water bottle on tail different

This cat appears to be the same one which played Tunney in Tired Business Men and Gertrude in Dog Heaven.

Our Gang - Barnum and Ringling Inc. - white cat with markings looking at hot water bottle on its tail

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t have much patience with bored children.


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