Dog Heaven (1927)

The Teams: Our Gang DVD

Hal Roach Studios
 Joe Cobb, Pete the Pup, Bobby ‘Wheezer’ Hutchins
Directed by: Anthony Mack, Charles Oelze

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this short!

Synopsis: Pete the Pup Joe becomes despondent and wants to end it all when his boy (Joe Cobb) seems to favor a beautiful little girl named Clarabelle over him.

Kitty Cameos: In the beginning of the short when Pete is preparing to hang himself, there is a shot of two cats sitting together.  The black cat turns to the gray and white cat and says (via title card) “I’m glad he’s kickin’ off — He was only a pain in the neck to me — “

Our Gang - Dog Heaven - two cats talking

The gray and white cat makes a second appearance later in the short as Gertrude who is being pushed in Clarabelle’s baby buggy.  Gertrude hisses at Pete when he barks nearby.

Our Gang - Dog Heaven - Gertrude cat in buggy angry

Clarabelle scolds Joe, telling him to send the mean ol’ dog away because he’s scaring Gertrude.

Our Gang - Dog Heaven - Gertrude cat in buggy

If “Gertrude” looks familiar that is because the same cat also played Tunney in the Our Gang silent short Tired Business Men.

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t very sympathetic when it comes to dog suicide.

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