Lodge Night (1923)

Hal Roach Studios
 Joe Cobb, Mickey Daniels, Jackie Condon
Directed by: Robert F. McGowan

Synopsis: The gang have formed a secret society and induct the new kid, Joe (Joe Cobb) into the group, but their initiation is interrupted when car thieves decide to use their barn as a hideout.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): While the kids are getting together for the initiation meeting of the Cluck Cluck Klams (there are some very politically incorrect things in this short but fortunately the segment we are focusing on has none), Mickey (Mickey Daniels) and Jackie (Jackie Condon) are stuck at home doing their music lessons by order of their mother.  Jackie is playing a large saxophone and at first seems to have trouble getting any sound out of it.  We see it is because a kitten is inside the instrument and pops out.

Our Gang - Lodge Night - kitten inside saxophone

Our Gang - Lodge Night - kitten in saxophone animated gif

Jackie removes the kitten and sets it down on the floor.

Our Gang - Lodge Night - Jackie with saxophone and kitten nearby

Later while Mickey is playing the piano a piece of string falls partway from his pocket and dangles to the floor.  A group of kittens start playing with the string.  Mickey pauses to watch them.

Our Gang - Lodge Night - kittens playing with string

Mom calls out that she doesn’t hear any music.  Mickey puts the string on the keys and keeps playing.  When the kittens play with the string, they pull down on the piano key.

Our Gang - Lodge Night - kittens playing with string animated gif

This gives Mickey the brilliant idea to rig the piano with string so that the kittens can make it sound like he’s still playing!

Our Gang - Lodge Night - Mickey watching kittens playing piano with strings

Our Gang - Lodge Night - kittens playing with strings

Final Mewsings: Kittens don’t have to be on the keys to be musical.

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