Fast Work, Girl Shock
Locuras de Amor / Huye, Faldas!
These two Charley Chase comedies contain the first examples of original Shield melodies.
The slow waltz "Dear, With Me" caught on immediately, reappearing in at least twenty Roach
comedies, including the late 30s features Bonnie Scotland and
The chase theme "Fliver Flops" is perhaps best remembered from Another Fine Mess (1930), when
Stan and Ollie, covered with an African buffalo's hide, flee Colonel
Buckshot on a borrowed tandem bike. It remained in fairly constant
use until 1935.
A xylophone version of "Little Dancing Girl" served as Girl Shock's opening music. The song appeared in almost
every Roach two-reeler from 1930 until 1937. In 1974 it was recorded
by R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders (combined with "Good Old Days") as "Little Rascals Medley."
Although best known from Teacher's Pet, "Garden Gaities" first appeared in Girl Shock, played on organ.
"Why! The Old Flirt" (a.k.a. "Flirt") was used only in Girl Shock and Helping Grandma.
"Winding Path" Girl Shock contains the only known version of this tune, played on organ.
After premiering in Girl Shock, the romantic "The One I Love Best" be came a standard love theme.
"Russian Furioso" A furioso, used in Girl Shock in an organ version. [Not to be confused with J. Zamecnik's "Furioso."]
"Oh Doctor! Doctor" is a musical expression of acute pain.
"If It Were Only True" One of the great Shield dance tunes. After the organ version in Girl Shock, a dance band version was recorded which premiered in Bigger and Better. A piano version can be heard in Poker at Eight.
"Hide and Go Seek" premiered in Girl Shock as organ music, then reappeared as fully
orchestrated version in Pups Is Pups. In 1935, a newly orchestrated
version was recorded, which can be heard in Pay As You Exit (1936)
Another great Shield hit, "Gangway Charlie" made its first appearance in the music track for Girl Shock. The Chase comedy Thundering
Tenors contained the first orchestral version. After a while,
the tune became Charley's theme song. In 1935 a new orchestral version was recorded, first used in Manhattan Monkey Business. A piano
version can be heard in Looser Than Loose, Maids à la Mode and
The Pip from Pittsburgh.
May /June 1930
"Ah! 'Tis Love" Mickey Daniels has been hit in the behind by an arrow and exclaims,
"What is this feeling that's come over me? AhI know'Tis love."
Our Gang's Pups Is Pups introduced more Shield stock themes universally
associated with kids. The first one was the cute kiddy tune "Teeter-Totter."
"On to the Show" This music was one of Shield's personal favorites. An early
verion (with banjo and xylophone) is heard in Pups Is Pups. An
alternate version, with verse, appears in Fly My Kite (1931),
Free Eats (1932) and The Kid from Borneo (1933). Yet an other
version appeared in Bigger and Better.
"Let's Go" This is the up-tempo dance number played by the band in the
hall where Our Gang bring their pets. It became known as the Boy
Friends' theme song. Several versions were recorded, including
a piano version (heard in Looser Than Loose and Poker at Eight),
an organ version (Love Fever) and a violin version (Bigger and
Better). A vocal version, "Poly High," appears in Love Pains (1932).
"Confusion" is the most widely used "suspense" melody of all Hal Roach stock
themes. Roach plot developments being what they are, it can usually
be found near the end of the second reel.
"Here Are the Pets," custom-composed for the scene where the Gang want to enter
their pets in the city pet show, comprises distinct parts: an
uptempo fanfare, a march, and a slow minor version of the march.
A sentimental, lilting theme, "Wishing" was one of those tunes used almost exclusively in Our Gang shorts.
"Yasmini" This is Shield's impression of the Mysterious Eastso it simply had to be used in such films as A Lad an' a Lamp (Our Gang, 1932) and Arabian Tights (Chase, 1933). A xylophone version can be heard in Mama Loves Papa (1931). Little Rascals Music, track 21
Credited to Shield, "Religioso" is played by church bells in Pups Is Pups. It appears in no other film.
With "Good Old Days" Shield created a tune evoking instant nostalgiain 1930 as much
as today. Its success was immediate, prompting the NBC radio show
Kaltenmeyer's Kindergarten to add lyrics. It also turns up in
the schoolroom scene in Pardon Us. A "fanfare" version was heard
in most post-1935 Little Rascals shorts, starting with Our Gang
Follies of 1936.
|"By Rote" is audible as Chubby and Dorothy are thinking up ways to annoy
the new teacher.
On to the Show, track 15
"Your Piktur" is a musical laugh effect, used when Jackie shows Miss Crabtree
the picture he "drawed" of his new teacher.
"Miss Crabtree" (a.k.a. "Girl & Stick") "There's something goofy with anybody what's got a name like Crabtree." Mary Ann Jackson, with painted glasses and holding a stick, imitates the "old battle ax" they imagine their new teacher to be: "I'm your new teacher, Miss Crabtree. HeeHeeHee. I bet she's skinny, and got a wart right on her nose, just like this." On to the Show, track 16
"Ezra" (a.k.a. "Ears") This fiddle music denotes small-town backwardness.
It can be heard as Miss Crabtree stops her fancy car at a roadside
café and introduces herself to the toothless old waiter.
"Riding Along" appears in the scene where Jackie Cooper is given a ride by
Miss Crabtree. A piano version appears in Maids à la Mode (1931)
and a violin version in The Pooch (1932).
"Sneaking" (a.k.a. "Hiding") A suspense cue featuring a bass clarinet
"Stand Up" A brass "sting" effect used for schoolroom scenes in Teacher's Pet and School's Out.
"Ants" (Hurry) Several children have brought nasty "presents" for the new teacher.
Chubby's present is a bottle of red ants. Unfortunately, the bottle
somehow got open in Chubby's pocket, and the ants are all over
the school room.
June /July 1930
"Hollywood Kate" is a notorious shoplifter: "And, boy, can she lift things!"
(The title may be a hidden reference to Shield's sweetheart Kay,
whom he courted while working in Hollywood.)
"It Is To Laugh" is a composition entirely built around "laughing" instruments.
It first appeared while Mr. Kornman is trying on hats. In 1931
a piano reduction was published in the Leroy Shield Song Album.
A lushly orchestrated version of "It Is to Laugh" can be heard
in the 1936 films Mister Cinderella and Pay As You Exit.
"Oh, My Hat" (a composition spanning all of six notes) is an adaptationof
"Where Did You Get That Hat?," Joseph J. Sullivan's hit of 1888.
"Intermezzo" Chamber music suitable for vague situations.
"Beautiful Lady" One of the most frequently heard Shield tunes of all. Several
versions were recorded over the years for use as main title music
for the Thelma Todd series. It also served the more general function
of introducing any lady beautiful or plain, old or young.
"Blue Blue" This bluesy jazz theme followed the tradition of 1920s black
bands. Shield himself was fond of the composition, and once planned
to write an arrangement for commercial recording by Benny Moten's
Kansas City Orchestra.
"Arrowhead" Uncle Ed (Kennedy) makes the Boy Friends "CDs" (Canoe Demonstrators)
at Lake Arrowhead. "Whoopee! Arrowhead!" they exclaim. "We're
going to Arrowhead, we're going to Arrowhead
"Mickey" This may have been Shield's representation of Mickey Daniels'
crazy monkey laugh.
"Where? Oh, Where" "Wrong, All Wrong" Two short fanfare effects.
"Apples, Apples" "One for You" Cues heard in this film only.
"You Are The One I Love" A romantic love song. From the very first instance, it was often
used in an ironic sense, as an in-joke on the title. A piano version
appears in Chickens Come Home and the reissue of Blotto. A version
with only violin and piano appears in Soup and Fish (1934).
"All Together" (a.k.a. "Tune") A short but sweet dance tune. A piano version can be heard in Looser Than Loose, Soup and Fish (1934), Poker At Eight (1935), and Blotto (reissue, 1937) On to the Show, track 4
"The Moon and You" (a.k.a. Anticipate) A big hit, several versions of which were recorded and used
in films. Often used as opening title music. Looser Than Loose
contains a piano version which reappeared in Twin Screws (1933)
and Poker At Eight (1935).
Looser Than Loose cue sheet
"Candy, Candy" Another favorite theme of Roach sound editors. Its original
association with candy was obvious in early Our Gang shorts like
Helping Grandma and Free Eats. An uptempo version was used as
the opening title music of Laughing Gravy (1931).
"In My Canoe" A slow waltz. An uptempo version can be heard during the opening
titles of Another Fine Mess (1930) and in Bargain Day (1931).
In Pay As You Exit (1936), Porky puts on a record of this song
to accompany Alfalfa's performance in Romeo and Juliet. In 1998,
"In My Canoe" was used to illustrate the slowness of a Pentium
ii processor compared to Apple'a G3 computers in a TV Commercial. Little Rascals Music, track 6
"Miser" The best example of appropriate use of this "miserly" theme
occurs in Fly My Kite (May 1931) where it introduces Dan (James
Mason), who is trying to cheat his mother-in-law out of her gold
|"Yearning" (a.k.a. "Finale Music") Although rarely heard in its entirety, this theme is nonetheless
familiar because of its dramatic ending, which was often spliced at the very end of a Hal Roach soundtrack.
Little Rascals Music, track 49j
"Colonel Buckshot" illustrates the first appearance of the big-game hunter Col.
Wilberforce Buckshot (James Finlayson).
"Run" The "running" music to accompany a pair of vagrants fleeing
a pair of cops; it was later employed as a general anxiety effect.
"Slouching" (pt. 6) A short version of this goof theme, heard immediately
"The Cops" Not to be confused with Ewing's "The Cop", this Shield melody appeared only in Another Fine Mess (1930), Little Daddy (1931), Busy Bodies (1933) and Wild Poses (1933).
"Bells" One of the best-remembered of the Shield background tunes. It
features a simple descending 8-note phrase reminiscent of traditional
English bell-ringing. Alternate versions are apparent in Our Wife.
"Steps" Fright music: "C'mon, let's reconnoiter."
"Tip Toes" This music is heard as the boys are tip-toeing into the hall
of the palatial Buckshot residence.
"Tussle" appears four times in this filmand nowhere else.
"Bassooning" accompanies the opening title card: "Mr. Hardy is a man of wonderful
ideas. So is Mr. Laurel so long as he doesn't try to think."
"Beer Barons" (Waltz) This waltz appears as the boys approach the "Cut Rate
Malt and Hop Store."
"Dash and Dot" Widely used as a slapstick theme. Its melody is a musical expression
of a dash () and a dot ().
"Excitement" An anxiety theme, recorded in both quick and slow versions.
"Git Dap" This short cue is first heard as Tiny Sandford motions the boys
to get up from a bench: "Fall in!" and Hardy tells him, "We are
not going to eat!"
Goofs used in Pardon Us include: Bassoon, Clarinet Laugh, Saxophone, and Brass Laugh.
"Hunting Song" A march theme first heard here andno less than seven timesin
Be Big, the film in which hunting gear plays such a predominant
"Nothing At All" A short "filler" theme.
"Rockin' Chair" ("Slouching" pt. 2) This theme was often used to great effect to drag out
the tension of a slowly-evolving gag.
"Look at Him Now" Music for embarrassing situations.
"Give Us a Hand" This is the fifth most frequently used Shield theme, appearing
in fifty percent of all Roach sound shorts.
"Antics" A well-known Shield tune in South American mode.
"Going Places" "Playing" (Waltz) Compositions unique to this film.
"Cascadia" Although scared of heights, Alabam has agreed to have his picture
taken sitting on a glider in an airfield, while Dave goes up in
the gang's aircraft. Mickey, in a car towing the plane, confuses
the two, and before long Alabam is airborne, screaming his head
off. A succession of thrills follows.
"Fanfare" A fanfare effect.
"Snowing" Laughing Gravy is full of winter scenes. The beautiful musical
score for the opening scene appears in no other film.
"Dog Song" This charming, sad theme will naturally be associated with two
faithful Roach studio film dogs: Laughing Gravy in Laughing Gravy
and Pete the Pup in Dogs is Dogs (both from 1931).
"Sliding" Hurry music.
"Here We Go" In 1931 a piano version of this uptempo tune was published in
the Leroy Shield Song Album.
"Prelude" starts out as lovely chamber music. The middle part is sad,
almost gushyideal for melodramatic scenes. It then gradually
builds into a feverish orchestral piece with a dramatic climax.
The melody was published in the Leroy Shield Song Album.