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Title card for the 1937 Our Gang comedy Rushin' Ballet.
.Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach's Rascals, was a series of American comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and the adventures they had together.^ Pete the Pup in Our Gang helping the kids (Little Rascals) .
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^ I know they're not as good as the Hal Roach shorts.
  • Warner Bros. Archive Collection: The Our Gang Collection 5-Disc Set : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ The first film in the series, Our Gang, was lensed in 1922.
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.Created by comedy producer Hal Roach, Our Gang was produced at the Roach studio starting in 1922 as a silent short subject series.^ Imitators and frauds Due to the popularity of Our Gang, a number of imitation kid comedy short film series were created by competing studios.
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^ The first film in the series, Our Gang, was lensed in 1922.
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^ Our Gang ( 1922 ) More at IMDbPro » .
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.Roach changed distributors from Pathé to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1927, went to sound in 1929 and continued production until 1938, when he sold the series to MGM. MGM in turn continued producing the comedies until 1944. A total of 220 shorts and one feature film, General Spanky, were eventually produced, featuring over forty-one child actors.^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
  • Our Gang: 52 MGM Shorts Now On DVD - DVD Talk Forum 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC forum.dvdtalk.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When Hal Roach sold the serial to M-G-M in 1938, it rang in the decline of the serial.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Roach changed distributors from Path to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1927, went to sound in 1929, and continued production until 1938, when he sold the series to MGM. MGM continued producing the comedies until 1944.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.In the mid-1950s, the 80 Roach-produced shorts with sound were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals, as MGM retained the rights to the Our Gang trademark.^ Pete the Pup in Our Gang helping the kids (Little Rascals) .
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^ In the mid-1950s, the 80 Roach-produced shorts with sound were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals , as MGM retained the rights to the Our Gang trademark.
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^ Our Gang: Little Rascals Varieties "Our Gang: Little Rascals Varieties" appeared in theaters in 1959 as a...
  • Our Gang (1926) - Synopsis - MSN Movies 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC movies.msn.com [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) - Synopsis - MSN Movies 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC movies.msn.com [Source type: General]

.The series is noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way.^ The series, one of the best-known and most successful in cinema history, is noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.While child actors are often groomed to imitate adult acting styles, steal scenes, or deliver "cute" performances, Hal Roach and original director Robert F. McGowan worked to film the unaffected, raw nuances apparent in regular kids.^ The kids' performances are considered to exhibit a "cutesy" style of child acting that was the antithesis of the original gang.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ While child actors are often groomed to imitate adult acting styles, steal scenes, or deliver "cute" performances, Hal Roach and original director Robert F. McGowan worked to film the unaffected, raw nuances apparent in regular kids.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ The kids, some of them too young to read, very rarely saw the scripts; instead McGowan would explain the scene to be filmed to each kid right before it was shot, directing the children using a megaphone and encouraging improvisation.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.Our Gang also notably put boys, girls, whites and blacks together in a group as equals, something that "broke new ground," according to film historian Leonard Maltin.^ Our Gang also notably put boys, girls, whites, and blacks together in a group as equals, something that "broke new ground," according to film historian Leonard Maltin.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ This information was compiled from Leonard Maltin's book ( The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang ), the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and various news accounts: Ernest Frederic Morrison ("Sunshine Sammy"): Appeared in 28 installments.
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^ But the series also came to be known as "The Our Gang Comedies" simply because the name of this film caught on so well with the trade press and exhibitors who saw the preview.
  • Our Gang (1922) 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.[1] Such a thing had never been done before in cinema but was commonplace after the success of Our Gang.^ Such a thing had never been done before in cinema, but was commonplace after the success of Our Gang.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ The main tomboy of Our Gang was played by Mary Ann Jackson from 1928 (just before they were about to break into talkies) until 1931.
  • Our Gang + Little Rascal Characters - RateItAll 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We can never have reform in our markets without accountability, and pulling back the curtain on the Goldman Sachs Gang is as good a place as any to begin the process.
  • The Goldman Gang » The Naked Truth 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC thenakedtruthbook.com [Source type: General]

Contents

About the series

.Unlike many other motion pictures featuring children that are based in fantasy, producer/creator Hal Roach rooted Our Gang in real life: the majority of the kids were poor, and the gang was often put at odds with snobbish rich kids, officious adults and parents, and other such adversaries.^ Our Gang was created by Hal Roach in 1922.
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^ Often, parents do not realize that their children are engaged in gang activity.
  • E.O.P.D. East Orange Police Gang Awareness 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.eopd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Often, parents don't realize that their children are engaged in gang activity.

.The series was notable in that the gang included both African-Americans and females in leading parts at a time when discrimination against both groups was commonplace.^ The series was notable in that the gang included both African-Americans and females in leading parts at a time when discrimination against both groups was commonplace.
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^ And, aside from excluding women, I wanted all of the kids in my neighborhood to take part, including my one African-American friend Raymond (who, when we used to play superheroes, would have us battling against the Ku Klux Klan).
  • Mr. Beaks Braves Warner Archive's THE OUR GANG COLLECTION! Five Discs Of Ultra-Rare Little Rascals Shorts! -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The mophead gradually gets tamed (and darkened) as Jackie gets older, and his lead parts move into more regular gang member but not lead type parts.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals - Silent Movie Crazy 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.silentmoviecrazy.com [Source type: General]

Directorial approach

.Senior director Robert F. McGowan helmed most of the Our Gang shorts until 1933, assisted by his nephew Anthony Mack.^ Directorial approach Senior director Robert F. McGowan helmed most of the Our Gang shorts until 1933, assisted by his nephew Anthony Mack.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ In 2006, Fantagraphics Books began issuing a series of volumes reprinting the Our Gang stories, most of which were written and drawn by Pogo creator Walt Kelly.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.He worked hard to develop a style that allowed the kids to be as natural as possible, downplaying the importance of the filmmaking equipment.^ He worked hard to develop a style that allowed the kids to be as natural as possible, downplaying the importance of the filmmaking equipment.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.Scripts were written for the shorts by the Hal Roach comedy writing staff, which included at various times Leo McCarey, Frank Capra, Walter Lantz and Frank Tashlin, among others.^ Scripts were written for the shorts by the Hal Roach comedy writing staff, which included at various times Leo McCarey, Frank Capra, Walter Lantz, and Frank Tashlin, among others.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ So I'm not going to go over the backstory and production history of the series prior to the series' move to M-G-M, other than to write that it's an accepted fact among critics and devoted fans that the shorts included in this The Our Gang Collection fall short of the overall level of naturalism and comedic mastery producer Hal Roach achieved when he personally oversaw the series for his own studio between 1922 and 1938.
  • Warner Bros. Archive Collection: The Our Gang Collection 5-Disc Set : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ More than any other M-G-M short, Goin' Fishin' plays like a Roach short, where the simple central gag is extended to nerve-wracking perfection.
  • Warner Bros. Archive Collection: The Our Gang Collection 5-Disc Set : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

[2] .The kids, some of them too young to read, very rarely saw the scripts; instead McGowan would explain the scene to be filmed to each kid right before it was shot, directing the children using a megaphone and encouraging improvisation.^ The kids, some of them too young to read, very rarely saw the scripts; instead McGowan would explain the scene to be filmed to each kid right before it was shot, directing the children using a megaphone and encouraging improvisation.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ I would like to hear from anybody who might be able to give me some help or point me in the right direction.
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^ They explained that the white children's characters in the series were similarly stereotyped: the "freckled kid," the "fat kid," the "pretty blond girl," and the "mischievous toddler."
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.[2] Of course, when sound came in at the end of the 1920s, McGowan was forced to modify his approach slightly, but scripts were not adhered to until McGowan left the series.^ Of course, when sound came in at the end of the decade, McGowan was forced to modify his approach slightly, but scripts were not adhered to until McGowan left the series.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ William Thomas played Buckwheat beginning in 1934 at the age of three, and remained an Our Gang member until the end of the series in 1944.
  • Our Gang + Little Rascal Characters - RateItAll 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Changing distributors After Sammy, Mickey, and Mary left the series in the mid-1920s, the Our Gang series entered a transitional period.
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.Later Our Gang directors such as Gus Meins and Gordon Douglas used a more streamlined approach to McGowan's methods, in order to meet the demands of the increasingly sophisticated movie industry of the mid to late 1930s.^ Meet our Brood Jennets Gang!
  • Meet our Brood Jennets Gang! 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC minijsfarm.com [Source type: General]

^ Later Our Gang directors such as Gus Meins and Gordon Douglas used a more streamlined approach to McGowan's methods, in order to meet the demands of the increasingly sophisticated movie industry of the mid to late 1930s.
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^ "Our Gang" films directed by Gus Meins.
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.[2] Douglas in particular was forced to streamline his films, as he directed Our Gang after Roach was forced to halve the running times of the shorts from two reels (20 minutes) to one reel (10 minutes).^ Douglas in particular was forced to streamline his films, as he directed Our Gang after Roach was forced to halve the running times of the shorts from two reels (20 minutes) to one reel (10 minutes).
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^ Roach agreed, and began producing Our Gang comedies as one-reel shorts (ten-minutes in length instead of twenty).
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^ "Our Gang" films directed by Gus Meins.
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[2]

Finding and replacing the cast

.As the children grew too old to be in the series, they were replaced by new kids, usually from the Los Angeles area.^ Finding kid talent As the children grew too old to be in the series, they were replaced by new kids, usually from the Los Angeles area.
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^ They explained that the white children's characters in the series were similarly stereotyped: the "freckled kid," the "fat kid," the "pretty blond girl," and the "mischievous toddler."
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ There is a trip to New York where happened the coincidence that the children are able to nabbing a bus, to play deadhead or to hover over the city with a piece of fabric as parachute replacement.
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.Eventually, Our Gang talent scouting was done using large-scale national contests, where thousands of kids (often at the behest of their parents) tried out for one open role.^ Eventually, Our Gang talent scouting was done using large-scale national contests, where thousands of kids (often at the behest of their parents) tried out for one open role.
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^ The same year, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public.
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^ When this becomes law, parents will see who is "ganging up" on their children, and we'll have a better tool for our Neighborhood Watches throughout California.
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.Norman "Chubby" Chaney (who replaced Joe Cobb), Matthew "Stymie" Beard (who replaced Allen "Farina" Hoskins) and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas (who replaced Stymie) all won major contests to become members of the gang.^ All gang members sell drugs.
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^ All gang members wear 'colors'.
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^ Gang members are not all black.
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.Even when there was not a massive talent search going on, the Roach studio was bombarded by requests from parents who were certain their children were perfect for the series.^ Even when there was not a massive talent search going on, the Roach studio was bombarded by requests from parents who were certain their children were perfect for the series.
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^ So why not sell the series to M-G-M? They were already distributing Roach's shorts; they were familiar with the product, and the elevated production values at the fingertips of Hollywood's premiere movie studio, could only - it was thought - help keep the long-running series going.
  • Warner Bros. Archive Collection: The Our Gang Collection 5-Disc Set : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ When this becomes law, parents will see who is "ganging up" on their children, and we'll have a better tool for our Neighborhood Watches throughout California.
  • GANG WATCHERS ® 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC gangwatchers.org [Source type: General]

.Among these were future child stars Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Shirley Temple, all of whom never made it past the audition stage.^ Among these were future child stars Mickey Rooney and Shirley Temple, neither of whom made it into the gang.
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^ Among the most notable of these are The Kiddie Troupers, featuring future comedian Eddie Bracken, Baby Burlesks, featuring Shirley Temple, the Buster Brown comedies (from which Our Gang received Pete the Pup and Gus Meins), and Our Gang's most successful competitor, the Toonerville Trolley-based Mickey McGuire series starring Mickey Rooney.
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^ In spring 1929, the Roach sound stages were converted for sound recording, and Our Gang made its "all-talking" debut in April 1929 with the three-reel Small Talk.
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.
An original theatrical poster for the Our Gang comedy Baby Brother.
^ Release: 1932 Originally released on May 7, 1932, the "Our Gang" comedy "Choo-Choo!"
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  • Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) - Synopsis - MSN Movies 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC movies.msn.com [Source type: General]

^ The same year, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ But the series also came to be known as "The Our Gang Comedies" simply because the name of this film caught on so well with the trade press and exhibitors who saw the preview.
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The premise of this short has Allen "Farina" Hoskins (center) paint a black baby with white shoe polish so that he can sell him to Joe Cobb (right) as a baby brother.

African-Americans in Our Gang

.The Our Gang series is notable for being one of the first times in cinema history that blacks and whites were portrayed as equals, though a number of people, including members of the African-American community, do not look favorably upon the characters of the black children today.^ African Americans in Our Gang The Our Gang series is notable for being one of the first times in movie history that African-Americans and Caucasians were portrayed as equals, though a number of people, including members of the African-American community, do not look favorably upon the characters of the black children today .
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ And what do we do when the gangs perpetrate violence in our communities?
  • Senator Feinstein Highlights Need for Federal Response to Gang Violence During Address at Gang Prevention 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC feinstein.senate.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ For the sake of our children, today's gangs are not to be taken lightly.

[3] .The four black child actors who held main-character roles in the series were Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Matthew "Stymie" Beard and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas.^ The Buckwheat character became a male in 1935 after Stymie left the series.
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^ The four black child actors who held main-character roles in the series were Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Matthew "Stymie" Beard (whose trademark oversized derby hat was a gift from fellow comedian Stan Laurel), and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas.
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^ In their adult years, Ernie Morrison, Matthew Beard, and Billie Thomas became some of Our Gang's staunchest defenders, maintaining that its integrated cast and innocent story lines were far from racist.
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.Ernie Morrison was, in fact, the first black actor signed to a long-term contract in Hollywood history,[4] and was the first major black star in Hollywood history as well.^ Ernie Morrison was, in fact, the first black actor signed to a long-term contract in Hollywood history , and was the first major black star in Hollywood history as well .
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^ For the first time in history a majority of people in their late teens were going to college and the new experience away from home in an intellectual environment was transforming.
  • Our Gang of Four: Friendships and Women's Liberation - CWLU Herstory Project: The Online History of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cwluherstory.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The black children in Our Gang often epitomized the early Hollywood black stereotype of a "Negro", as well as that of the pickaninny .
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[5]
.In their adult years, Morrison, Beard and Thomas became some of Our Gang's staunchest defenders, maintaining that its integrated cast and innocent story lines were far from racist.^ In their adult years, Ernie Morrison, Matthew Beard, and Billie Thomas became some of Our Gang's staunchest defenders, maintaining that its integrated cast and innocent story lines were far from racist.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ The same year, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ In 2006, Fantagraphics Books began issuing a series of volumes reprinting the Our Gang stories, most of which were written and drawn by Pogo creator Walt Kelly.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

They explained that the white children's characters in the series were similarly stereotyped: the "freckle-faced kid," the "fat kid," the "neighborhood bully", the "pretty blond girl," and the "mischievous toddler." "We were just a group of kids who were having fun," Stymie Beard recalled.[6] .Ernie Morrison stated that "when it came to race, Hal Roach was color-blind".[7] Other minorities, including Asian Americans (Sing Joy, Allen Tong, and Edward Zoo Hoo) and Italian Americans (Mickey Gubitosi), were also depicted in the series, with varying levels of "stereotyping" – commonplace in the stylized, slapstick comedy tradition in which the Our Gang films are firmly rooted.^ Ernie Morrison stated that "when it came to race, Hal Roach was color-blind" .
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ Other minorities, including Asian Americans (Sing Joy, Allen Tong, and Edward Zoo Hoo) and Italian Americans (Mickey Gubitosi), were also depicted in the series, with varying levels of stereotyping.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ In their adult years, Ernie Morrison, Matthew Beard, and Billie Thomas became some of Our Gang's staunchest defenders, maintaining that its integrated cast and innocent story lines were far from racist.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

History

(From left to right) Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Andy Samuel, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Mickey Daniels and Joe Cobb in a 1923 still from one of the earliest Our Gang comedies.

Early years

.According to Roach, the idea for Our Gang came to him in 1921, when he was auditioning a child actress to appear in one of his films.^ History Early years According to Roach, the idea for Our Gang came to him in 1921, when he was auditioning a child actress to appear in one of his films.
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^ As per the terms agreed during the sale, Roach was required to remove the MGM Lion studio logo and all instances of the names or logos "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer," "Loews Incorporated," and Our Gang from the reissued film prints.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

^ The same year, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.The girl was, in his opinion, overly made up and overly rehearsed, and Roach patiently waited for the audition to be over.^ The girl was, in his opinion, overly made up and overly rehearsed, and Roach patiently waited for the audition to be over.
  • History of The Little Rascals - Our Gang 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC sfcpg.com [Source type: General]

.After the girl and her mother left the office, Roach looked out of his window to a lumberyard across the street, where he saw a group of children having an argument.^ After the girl and her mother left the office, Roach looked out of his window to a lumberyard across the street, where he saw a group of children having an argument.
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^ I keep looking for my daily text he always sent when he left the office: "ETA 20 minutes".

^ In late 1933, Robert McGowan, worn out from the stress of working on the kids' comedies, left the series and the Roach studio, going over to direct features at Paramount.
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.The children had all taken sticks from the lumberyard to play with, but the smallest kid had taken the biggest stick, and the others were trying to force him to give it to the biggest kid.^ The children had all taken sticks from the lumberyard to play with, but the smallest kid had taken the biggest stick, and the others were trying to force him to give it to the biggest kid.
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^ I was not in agreement with him, you can deal with him on the outside is what I tried to argue, I suggested sending Kush pictures of his wife and children.
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^ Former gang members are playing an important role in trying to keep kids out of gangs, offering alternatives to gang membership and brokering truces between the gangs.
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.After realizing that he had been watching the kids bicker for 15 minutes, Roach thought a short film series about kids just being themselves might be a success.^ After realizing that he had been watching the kids bicker for 15 minutes, Roach thought a short film series about kids just being themselves might be a success.
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^ While they may not have laughed as hard as they do for the frenetic Roach shorts, they did cotton to the more involved storylines of the M-G-Ms, and kids being kids, they simply enjoyed watching performers who looked like them, acting out these little comedies.
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^ He decided to start making a series of shorts featuring kids being themselves, inventing things out of found trash, putting on no-budget stage productions, and upsetting the organized adult world as best they could.
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[8]
.Under the supervision of Charley Chase, work began on the first two-reel shorts in the new "kids-and-pets" series, which was to be called Hal Roach's Rascals, later that year.^ Under the supervision of Charley Chase, work began on the first two-reel shorts in the new "kids-and-pets" series, which was to be called Hal Roach's Rascals, later that year.
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^ Ten years later, Spanky called me again.
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^ The colloquial usage of the term Our Gang led to its becoming the series' second (yet more popular) official title, with the title cards reading "Our Gang Comedies: Hal Roach presents His Rascals in..."
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.Director Fred Newmeyer helmed the first version of the pilot film, entitled Our Gang, but Roach scrapped Newmeyer's work and had former fireman Robert F. McGowan re-shoot the short.^ Director Fred Newmeyer helmed the first version of the pilot film, entitled Our Gang, but Roach scrapped Newmeyer's work and had former fireman Robert F. McGowan re-shoot the short.
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^ The “Our Gang” shorts became a big silent-era hit, often directed by former fireman Robert F. McGowan.
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^ Re: Our Gang Collection, 80 shorts, Oct.
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.Roach tested it at various theaters around Hollywood.^ Roach tested it at various theaters around Hollywood.
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.The attendees were very receptive, and the press clamored for "lots more of those 'Our Gang' comedies."^ The attendees were very receptive, and the press clamored for "lots more of those 'Our Gang' comedies."
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^ The colloquial usage of the term Our Gang led to its becoming the series' second (yet more popular) official title, with the title cards reading "Our Gang Comedies: Hal Roach presents His Rascals in..."
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^ The television rights for the original silent Path Our Gang comedies were sold to National Telepix and other distributors, who distributed the films under titles such as The Mischief Makers and Those Loveable Scallawags with Their Gangs.
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.The colloquial usage of the term Our Gang led to its becoming the series' second (yet more popular) official title, with the title cards reading "Our Gang Comedies: Hal Roach presents His Rascals in..."^ The colloquial usage of the term Our Gang led to its becoming the series' second (yet more popular) official title, with the title cards reading "Our Gang Comedies: Hal Roach presents His Rascals in..."
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^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
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^ The series was officially called both Our Gang and Hal Roach's Rascals until 1932, when Our Gang became the sole title of the series.
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.The series was officially called both Our Gang and Hal Roach's Rascals until 1932, when Our Gang became the sole title of the series.^ The series was officially called both Our Gang and Hal Roach's Rascals until 1932, when Our Gang became the sole title of the series.
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^ The same year, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public.
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^ The colloquial usage of the term Our Gang led to its becoming the series' second (yet more popular) official title, with the title cards reading "Our Gang Comedies: Hal Roach presents His Rascals in..."
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.The first cast of Our Gang kids was recruited primarily from children recommended to Roach by studio employees, including photographer Gene Kornman's daughter Mary Kornman, their friends' son Mickey Daniels, Roach child actor Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison and family friends Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Jack Davis, Jackie Condon and Joe Cobb.^ How do gangs recruit children?

^ Spanky and Our Gang has 1140 friends.
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^ Featuring Our Gang alumni Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman among its cast, The Boy Friends was produced by Roach for two years, with fifteen installments in total.
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.Most of the early shorts were shot outdoors and on location, and also featured a menagerie of comic animal characters, such as Dinah the Mule.^ Most of the early shorts were shot outdoors and on location, and also featured a menagerie of comic animal characters, such as Dinah the Mule.
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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^ Many of the “Our Gang” early talkies are compact masterworks, short films made with heart and comic genius.
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.Roach's distributor Pathé released One Terrible Day, the fourth short to be produced for the series, as the first Our Gang short on September 10, 1922; the pilot Our Gang was not released until November 5. The Our Gang series was a success from the start, with the kids' naturalism, the funny animal actors, and McGowan's direction making a successful combination.^ Full Synopsis Our Gang Release: 1922 The first "Our Gang" comedy to be produced -- and the film for which the entire...
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^ Created by comedy producer Hal Roach, Our Gang was produced at the Roach studio starting in 1922 as a silent short subject series.
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^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
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.The shorts did well at the box office, and by the end of the decade the Our Gang kids were pictured on numerous product endorsements.^ The shorts did well at the box office, and by the end of the decade the Our Gang kids were pictured on numerous product endorsements.
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^ The problem is that Our Gang kids were chosen to be, well, kids, and the results here -- watching six year olds screech swing versions of "Loch Lomond" is pretty aggravating.
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^ Synopsis: Another fun-filled episode of everyone's favorite kids, the Little Rascals, Our Gang!

.The biggest Our Gang stars in this period were Sunshine Sammy around whom the series was structured; Mickey Daniels; Mary Kornman; and little Farina who eventually became both the most popular member of the 1920s gang,[9] and the most popular African-American child star of the 1920s.^ Changing distributors After Sammy, Mickey, and Mary left the series in the mid-1920s, the Our Gang series entered a transitional period.
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^ The biggest Our Gang stars in this period were Sunshine Sammy, around whom the series was structured; Mickey Daniels; Mary Kornman; and little Farina, who eventually became both the most popular member of the 1920s gang and the most popular African-American child star of the 1920s[10].
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^ Discourage your child from hanging around with gang members.
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[10] .Mickey and Mary were also very popular, and were often paired together in both Our Gang and a later teenaged version of the series called The Boy Friends, which Roach produced from 1930 to 1932. Other early Our Gang kids were Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson, Scooter Lowry, Andy Samuel, Johnny Downs, and Jay R. Smith.^ In 1930, Roach began production on The Boy Friends, a short-subject series which was essentially a teenaged version of Our Gang.
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^ Mickey and Mary were also very popular, and were often paired together in both Our Gang and a later teenaged version of the series called The Boy Friends, which Roach produced from 1930 to 1932.
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^ The series was officially called both Our Gang and Hal Roach's Rascals until 1932, when Our Gang became the sole title of the series.
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Farina, Mary Ann Jackson and Joe Cobb in the 1928 short Old Gray Hoss.

Changing distributors

.After Sammy, Mickey and Mary left the series in the mid-1920s, the Our Gang series entered a transitional period.^ Changing distributors After Sammy, Mickey, and Mary left the series in the mid-1920s, the Our Gang series entered a transitional period.
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^ Our Gang entered another transitional period, similar to that of the mid-1920s.
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^ Transition Jackie Cooper left Our Gang in early 1931 at the cusp of another major shift in the lineup, as Farina, Chubby, and Mary Ann all departed a few months afterward.
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.McGowan was often sick and unable to work on the series, leaving nephew Robert A. McGowan (credited as Anthony Mack) to direct many of the shorts from this period.^ McGowan was often sick and unable to work on the series, leaving nephew Robert A. McGowan (credited as Anthony Mack) to direct many of the shorts from this period.
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^ The Mack-directed shorts are considered to be among the lesser entries in the series.
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^ Director Fred Newmeyer helmed the first version of the pilot film, entitled Our Gang, but Roach scrapped Newmeyer's work and had former fireman Robert F. McGowan re-shoot the short.
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.The Mack-directed shorts are considered to be among the lesser entries in the series.^ The Mack-directed shorts are considered to be among the lesser entries in the series.
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^ McGowan was often sick and unable to work on the series, leaving nephew Robert A. McGowan (credited as Anthony Mack) to direct many of the shorts from this period.
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^ The Our Gang films produced by MGM are considered by many Our Gang historians, and even the Our Gang kids themselves, to be lesser films than the Roach entries.
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[11] .New faces included Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins, Harry Spear, Jean Darling and Mary Ann Jackson, while stalwart Farina served as the series' anchor.^ New faces included Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins, Harry Spear, Jean Darling, and Mary Ann Jackson, while stalwart Farina served as the series' anchor.
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^ This 80-film set of '29 - '38 will indeed include the early "talkies" with Chubby Chaney, Farina Hoskins, Wheezer Hutchins, Jackie Cooper, et.
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^ Mary Ann Jackson (1923 - 2003) - filmography Mary Ann Jackson was born on January 14, 1923.
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.Also at this time, the Our Gang kids acquired an American Pit Bull Terrier with a ring around his eye; originally named "Pansy", the dog soon became known as Pete the Pup, the most famous Our Gang pet.^ Also at this time, the Our Gang kids acquired an American Pit Bull Terrier with a ring around his eye; originally named "Pansy", the dog soon became known as Pete the Pup, the most famous Our Gang pet.
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^ Our gang - Times Online .

^ Among the most notable Our Gang impostors is Jack Bothwell, who claimed to have portrayed a nonexistent character named "Freckles", and went so far as to appear on the game show To Tell The Truth in 1957 perpetuating this fraud.
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.During this period, Hal Roach ended his distribution arrangement with the Pathé company, instead releasing future products through newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.^ During this period, Hal Roach ended his distribution arrangement with the Path company, instead releasing future products through newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
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^ As per the terms agreed during the sale, Roach was required to remove the MGM Lion studio logo and all instances of the names or logos "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer," "Loews Incorporated," and Our Gang from the reissued film prints.
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^ Full Synopsis Jubilo Jr. Release: 1924 The beloved humorist "Will Rogers", whose own series of Hal Roach two-reelers...
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.MGM released its first Our Gang comedy in September 1927. The move to MGM offered Roach larger budgets, and the chance to have his films packaged with MGM features to the Loews Theatres chain.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ Full Synopsis Our Gang Release: 1922 The first "Our Gang" comedy to be produced -- and the film for which the entire...
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^ Release: 1932 Originally released on May 7, 1932, the "Our Gang" comedy "Choo-Choo!"
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.Some of the shorts around this time, particularly Spook Spoofing (1928, one of only two three-reelers in the Our Gang canon) contained extended scenes of the gang tormenting and teasing Farina, scenes which helped spur the claims of racism which many other shorts did not warrant.^ Some of the shorts around this time, particularly Spook Spoofing (1928, one of only two three-reelers in the Our Gang canon) contained extended scenes of the gang tormenting and teasing Farina, scenes which helped spur the claims of racism which many other shorts did not warrant.
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^ And while Froggy only did 29 shorts, it’s still several too many.
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^ Our gang - Times Online .

.These shorts marked the departure of Jackie Condon, who had been with the group from the beginning of the series.^ These shorts marked the departure of Jackie Condon, who had been with the group from the beginning of the series.
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^ These three shorts explored Jackie's crush on the new schoolteacher Miss Crabtree, played by June Marlowe.
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^ Tommy Bond, an off-and-on member of the gang since 1932, returned to the series as the neighborhood bully Butch, beginning with the 1937 short "Glove Taps".
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The sound era

.Starting in 1928, Our Gang comedies were distributed with phonographic discs that contained synchronized music-and-sound-effect tracks for the shorts.^ The sound era Starting in 1928, Our Gang comedies were distributed with phonographic discs that contained synchronized music-and-sound-effect tracks for the shorts.
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^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ Some of the shorts around this time, particularly Spook Spoofing (1928, one of only two three-reelers in the Our Gang canon) contained extended scenes of the gang tormenting and teasing Farina, scenes which helped spur the claims of racism which many other shorts did not warrant.
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.In spring 1929, the Roach sound stages were converted for sound recording, and Our Gang made its "all-talking" debut in April 1929 with the 25 minute Small Talk. It took a year for McGowan and the gang to fully adjust to talking pictures, during which time they lost Joe, Jean and Harry, and added Norman "Chubby" Chaney, Dorothy DeBorba, Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Donald Haines and Jackie Cooper.^ In spring 1929, the Roach sound stages were converted for sound recording, and Our Gang made its "all-talking" debut in April 1929 with the three-reel Small Talk.
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^ Our gang - Times Online .

^ Jackie Cooper was able to continue the most successful career of all Our Gang members after the time of the gang.
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.Jackie proved to be the personality the series had been missing since Mickey left, and he was featured prominently in three 1930/1931 Our Gang films: Teacher's Pet, School's Out, and Love Business.^ Jackie proved to be the personality the series had been missing since Mickey left, and he was featured in three 1930/1931 Our Gang shorts, Teacher's Pet, School's Out, and Love Business.
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^ Full Synopsis School's Out Release: 1930 In this sequel to the 1930 "Our Gang" comedy "Teacher's Pet," the Gang members...
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^ Dorothy left show business shortly after her Our Gang career.
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.These three shorts explored Jackie's crush on the new schoolteacher Miss Crabtree, played by June Marlowe.^ These three shorts explored Jackie's crush on the new schoolteacher Miss Crabtree, played by June Marlowe.
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^ Jackie proved to be the personality the series had been missing since Mickey left, and he was featured in three 1930/1931 Our Gang shorts, Teacher's Pet, School's Out, and Love Business.
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^ These shorts marked the departure of Jackie Condon, who had been with the group from the beginning of the series.
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.Jackie soon won the lead role in Paramount's feature film Skippy, and Roach sold Jackie's contract to MGM in 1931. Other Our Gang members appearing in the early sound shorts included Buddy McDonald, Bobby "Bonedust" Young, and Shirley Jean Rickert.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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^ Are any other family members of this individual, in a gang?
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.Many also appeared in a group cameo appearance in the all-star comedy short The Stolen Jools (1931).^ Sporting a distinct Dutch-cut hairdo and freckles, she was cast in the "Our Gang" series in 1928 and made 32 comedy shorts with the group until 1931.
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^ Full Synopsis All About Hash Release: 1940 Of the many MGM "Our Gang" comedies focused on whiny child actor "Robert Blake",...
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^ In the 30's he often appeared on stages where he sang and dances, many of these appearances were on Broadway.
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Musical scores

.Beginning with When the Wind Blows, background music scores were added to the soundtracks of most of the Our Gang films.^ Beginning with 1930's When the Wind Blows, background music scores were added to the soundtracks of most of the Our Gang films.
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^ In 2006, Fantagraphics Books began issuing a series of volumes reprinting the Our Gang stories, most of which were written and drawn by Pogo creator Walt Kelly.
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^ The 1930 Our Gang short "Pups is Pups" was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2004.
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Initially, the music consisted of orchestral versions of then popular tunes. .Marvin Hatley had served as the music director of Hal Roach Studios since 1929, and RCA employee Leroy Shield joined the company as a part-time musical director in mid 1930. Hatley and Shield's jazz-influenced scores, first featured in Our Gang with 1930's Pups is Pups, became recognizable trademarks of Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy, and the other Roach series and films.^ Age they first joined the gang.
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^ They visited among other things the film studios and finally passed by the Hal Roach studio.
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^ Shield's jazz-influenced scores, which made their debut with 1930's Pups is Pups, are particularly associated with Our Gang.
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.Another 1930 short, Teacher's Pet marked the first use of the Our Gang theme song, "Good Old Days", composed by Leroy Shield and featuring a notable saxophone solo.^ Teacher's Pet marked the first appearance of the now-popular Our Gang theme song, "Good Old Days", composed by Leroy Shield and featuring a notable saxophone solo.
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^ He had fired Charley Chase, Laurel and Hardy were doing features only and he was negotiating to sell 'Our Gang' to MGM, where the shorts would continue to be produced for another nine years.
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^ Another early MGM short, ALFALFA’S AUNT (1938) features Alfalfa, Spanky, and other members of the gang, like Porky, an always-confused looking pre-schooler, and the wish-cracking African American Buckwheat.
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.Shield and Hatley's scores would support Our Gang's on-screen action regularly through 1934, after which series entries with background scores became less frequent.^ Shield and Hatley's scores would support Our Gang's on-screen action regularly through 1934, after which series entries with background scores became less frequent.
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^ Some less notable imitations series include The McDougall Alley Gang (Bray Productions, 1927-1928), The Us Bunch and Our Kids.
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^ While Harold would eventually be relegated to the role of a background player, Carl, nicknamed "Alfalfa", became Scotty Beckett's replacement as Spanky's sidekick.
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.In 1930, Roach began production on The Boy Friends, a short-subject series which was essentially a teenaged version of Our Gang.^ In 1930, Roach began production on The Boy Friends, a short-subject series which was essentially a teenaged version of Our Gang.
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^ Spanky and Our Gang has 1140 friends.
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^ The same year, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public.
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.Featuring Our Gang alumni Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman among its cast, The Boy Friends was produced by Roach for two years, with fifteen installments in total.^ Featuring Our Gang alumni Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman among its cast, The Boy Friends was produced by Roach for two years, with fifteen installments in total.
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^ In general, the Roach-produced years are considered by fans to be the classics of the Our Gang series.
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^ In their adult years, Ernie Morrison, Matthew Beard, and Billie Thomas became some of Our Gang's staunchest defenders, maintaining that its integrated cast and innocent story lines were far from racist.
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The gang races rich-kid Jerry Tucker in their makeshift fire engine in the 1934 short Hi'-Neighbor!

Transition

.Jackie Cooper left Our Gang in early 1931 at the cusp of another major shift in the lineup, as Farina, Chubby, and Mary Ann all departed a few months afterward.^ Transition Jackie Cooper left Our Gang in early 1931 at the cusp of another major shift in the lineup, as Farina, Chubby, and Mary Ann all departed a few months afterward.
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^ Wally Albright and Jackie Lynn Taylor joined the gang at this time; as did Billie Thomas, who within a few months of joining would begin playing the character of Stymie's sister "Buckwheat" (even though Thomas was a male).
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^ This 80-film set of '29 - '38 will indeed include the early "talkies" with Chubby Chaney, Farina Hoskins, Wheezer Hutchins, Jackie Cooper, et.
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.Our Gang entered another transitional period, similar to that of the mid-1920s.^ Changing distributors After Sammy, Mickey, and Mary left the series in the mid-1920s, the Our Gang series entered a transitional period.
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^ Our Gang entered another transitional period, similar to that of the mid-1920s.
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^ Transition Jackie Cooper left Our Gang in early 1931 at the cusp of another major shift in the lineup, as Farina, Chubby, and Mary Ann all departed a few months afterward.
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.Stymie, Wheezer, and Dorothy carried the series during this period, aided by Sherwood Bailey and a few months later by Kendall "Breezy Brisbane" McComas.^ The amount of cash in the treasury varies over this six month period from a low of $1.00 to a high of $437.00 at any one particular time during this period.
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^ I prefer the early incarnations with Jackie, Wheezer, Chubby, & Stymie, but for whatever reason, the later bunch has had a more lasting appeal.
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^ We have included only a transcription of a six month period of activity during 1990 for the purposes of illustrating some issues about the economic functions of gangs.
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Unlike the mid-20s period, McGowan was able to sustain the quality of the series with the help of the several regular kids and the Roach writing staff. .Many of these shorts include early appearances of Jerry Tucker and Wally Albright, who later became series regulars.^ Sooner or later most people get out of detention, jail, prison and many who are deported return.
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^ The exceptions were Jackie Cooper, who appeared in the early Hal Roach talkies, and made film appearances into the 1980’s.
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^ Many of the “Our Gang” early talkies are compact masterworks, short films made with heart and comic genius.
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.New Roach discovery George "Spanky" McFarland joined the gang late in 1931 at the age of three and, excepting a brief hiatus during the summer of 1938, remained an Our Gang kid for the next eleven years.^ Age they first joined the gang.
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^ Our Gang Follies of 1938 .
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^ She appeared in 35 Our Gang episodes during three years.
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.At first appearing as the tag-along toddler of the group, and later finding an accomplice in Scotty Beckett in 1934, Spanky quickly became Our Gang's biggest child star.^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ Johnny Downs (1913-1994) - filmography Johnny Downs joined the serial "Our Gang" in 1923 and appeared in more the 20 episodes.
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^ Full Synopsis Shootin' Injuns Release: 1925 This silent, two-reel "Our Gang" comedy was first released on May 3, 1925....
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.He won parts in a number of outside features, appeared in many of the now-numerous Our Gang product endorsements and spin-off merchandise items, and popularized the expressions "Okey-dokey!"^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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and "Okey-doke!"[12]
.Dickie Moore, a veteran child actor, joined in the middle of 1932, and remained with the series for one year.^ Dickie Moore remains in memory as a versatile actor, whom it was granted to be the first person, who was allowed to kiss Shirley Temple (in those days 14 years old) on the screen.
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^ Full Synopsis Free Wheeling Release: 1932 Confined to a neck brace, poor little rich boy "Dickie Moore" would like to play...
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^ When he joined up with the little rascals he was already ten years old, still he could stay for the next four years in the serial.
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.Other members during these years included Mary Ann Jackson's brother Dickie Jackson, John "Uh-huh" Collum, and Tommy Bond.^ In 1931, Tommy Bond was five years old and living in Dallas, Texas when he was "discovered" by a Hal Roach Studios talent scout.
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^ That is, until Tommy Bond played Butch for four years.
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^ By using these signs, the gang member can show which gang he belongs to and issue challenges to other gangs in the area.
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.Upon Dickie's departure in mid-1933, long-term Our Gang members such as Wheezer (who had been with Our Gang since the late Pathé silents period) and Dorothy left the series as well.^ Dorothy left show business shortly after her Our Gang career.
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^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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.In late 1933, Robert McGowan, worn out from the stress of working on the kids' comedies, left the series and the Roach studio, going over to direct features at Paramount.^ So why not sell the series to M-G-M? They were already distributing Roach's shorts; they were familiar with the product, and the elevated production values at the fingertips of Hollywood's premiere movie studio, could only - it was thought - help keep the long-running series going.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ In 1922, Roach was watching neighborhood kids play in a vacant lot across from his studio.
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.With the large turnover from the departures of Dickie, Wheezer, and Dorothy, McGowan's last two Our Gang comedies, Bedtime Worries and Wild Poses, focused heavily on Spanky and his parents, played by Gay Seabrook and Emerson Treacy.^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ Full Synopsis July Days Release: 1923 One of the lesser silent "Our Gang" two-reelers, "July Days" is for the most...
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After a four-month hiatus in production,[13] German-born Gus Meins assumed directing duties starting with 1934's Hi'-Neighbor!. Gordon Douglas served as Meins's assistant director, and Fred Newmeyer alternated directorial duties with Meins for a handful of shorts. .Meins's Our Gang shorts were less improvisational than McGowan's, and featured a heavier reliance on dialogue.^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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^ At this time, the Bloods were more violent than other gangs, but much less organized.
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^ Roach’s friend, Louis B. Meyer, the head of MGM studios, persuaded Roach to continue making “Our Gang” shorts.
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[14]
.Scotty Beckett and Wally Albright joined the gang at the start of Meins's tenure as director, as did Billie Thomas.^ Full Synopsis Don't Lie Release: 1942 "Our Gang" member Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas has told so many lies that no one...
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^ Juan, why did you join the gang?
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^ Full Synopsis Cousin Wilbur Release: 1939 Former "Our Gang" kid "Scotty Beckett" makes an amusing return appearance to the...
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.Within a few months of joining the series, Thomas began playing the character of Stymie's sister "Buckwheat" (even though Thomas was a male).^ And by 1938, even though audiences still greeted Roach's Our Gang shorts with enthusiasm, it simply wasn't economically feasible for the producer to continue the series.
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^ Even though he "only" played in 15 episodes of Our Gang (between 1929 and 1931), he counts to the well-known players.
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.Buckwheat was first portrayed by Stymie's sister Carlena Beard for one short, and by Willie Mae Taylor in three others, before the part became Thomas's.^ I agree that the best ones were in the Wheezer-Stymie era, through the time when Spanky first joined the group.
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^ For the first time ever, all 80 of Hal Roach's original 1929-1938 classic shorts featuring Buckwheat, Spanky, Alphalpha, and the rest of Our Gang--from the era before Roach sold the rights to MGM--are available here in one package.
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^ The process was accelerated for me by my contact with women from other parts of the country at the first national gathering of women's liberation activists in November, 1968 in Lake Villa, Illinois.
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.Also, semi-regular actors such as Jackie Lynn Taylor, Marianne Edwards, and Leonard Kibrick, as the neighborhood bully, joined the series at this time.^ Full Synopsis For Pete's Sake Release: 1934 When neighborhood bully "Leonard Kibrick" wrecks little "Marianne Edwards"'...
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^ Jackie Taylor (1926) - filmography Jackie Lynn Taylor was born in California in 1926 and started her professional career at the age of five as a child actress in motion pictures.
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Tommy Bond and Wally Albright left the gang in the middle of 1934; Jackie Lynn Taylor and Marriane Edwards would depart by 1935.
.Early in 1935, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public.^ This time they proved to be a money-losing venture for Roach, so on May 31, 1938, he sold the “Our Gang” franchise to Mayer for $25,000.
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^ If you must, start with the Roach-produced efforts like "Hook and Ladder", "Our Gang Follies of 1938" or "Bored of Education".
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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.While Harold would eventually be relegated to the role of a background player, Carl, nicknamed "Alfalfa," eventually became Scotty Beckett's replacement as Spanky's sidekick.^ Full Synopsis Rushin' Ballet Release: 1937 Our Gang members Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer and Spanky McFarland form the Sekret...
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^ Jackie was eight when she, Spanky McFarland and Scottie Beckett began to delight audiences with their antics in the Our Gang comedies.
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^ I still watched these M-G-M shorts, and I still laughed, and they soon became, through repetition, as memorable as the classic Spankys and Alfalfas and Buckwheats and Farinas and Chubbys.
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Stymie left shortly after, and the Buckwheat character morphed subtly into a male. .The same year, Darla Hood and Eugene "Porky" Lee also joined the gang, as Scotty Beckett departed for a career in features.^ At age two, Eugene "Porky" Lee was brought into the troupe.
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^ Full Synopsis Clown Princes Release: 1939 When the parents of little "Eugene "Porky" Lee" are threatened with eviction,...
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^ Full Synopsis Cousin Wilbur Release: 1939 Former "Our Gang" kid "Scotty Beckett" makes an amusing return appearance to the...
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The final Roach years

.Our Gang was hugely successful during the 1920s and the early 1930s.^ He appeared in 86 Our Gang episodes during seven years and he had three guest-appearances in the serial in the 30's.
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^ Our Gang lasted for 22 years, during which time tough-guys came and went.
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^ Our gang problem is currently being driven by illegal drug money just as the gang problem was driven by illegal drugs (alchohol) during prohibition.
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.However, by 1934, many movie theater owners were increasingly dropping two-reel (twenty minute) comedies like Our Gang and the Laurel & Hardy series from their bills, and running double feature programs instead.^ He had fired Charley Chase, Laurel and Hardy were doing features only and he was negotiating to sell 'Our Gang' to MGM, where the shorts would continue to be produced for another nine years.
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^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ If you must, start with the Roach-produced efforts like "Hook and Ladder", "Our Gang Follies of 1938" or "Bored of Education".
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.The Laurel & Hardy series was switched from film shorts to features exclusively in mid-1935. By 1936, Hal Roach began debating plans to discontinue Our Gang until Louis B. Mayer, head of Roach's distributor MGM, convinced Roach to keep the popular series in production.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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^ Roach’s friend, Louis B. Meyer, the head of MGM studios, persuaded Roach to continue making “Our Gang” shorts.
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[15] .Roach agreed, and began producing shorter, one-reel Our Gang comedies (ten-minutes in length instead of twenty).^ This time they proved to be a money-losing venture for Roach, so on May 31, 1938, he sold the “Our Gang” franchise to Mayer for $25,000.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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.The first one-reel Our Gang short, Bored of Education (1936), won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (One Reel) in 1937. Bored of Education also marked the Our Gang directorial debut of former assistant director Gordon Douglas.^ Full Synopsis Bored of Education Release: 1936 Producer "Hal Roach" had intended to terminate his "Our Gang" short-subject...
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ Another musical short in the tradition of Our Gang Follies of 1936 and Reunion in Rhythm , this one begins in the basement "theater" of Spanky McFarland, who serves as emcee of a lavish kiddie revue, built primarily around the talents of Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, "King of the Crooners."
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.As part of the arrangement with MGM to continue Our Gang, Roach got the clearance to produce an Our Gang feature film, General Spanky, hoping that he could possibly move the series to features as he had done with Laurel & Hardy.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ Roach tried without success to do an “Our Gang” feature, GENERAL SPANKY (1936).
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^ In general, the Roach-produced years are considered by fans to be the classics of the Our Gang series.
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[15] .Directed by Gordon Douglas and Fred Newmeyer, General Spanky featured Spanky, Buckwheat, and Alfalfa in a sentimental, Shirley Temple-esque story set during the Civil War.^ Another early MGM short, ALFALFA’S AUNT (1938) features Alfalfa, Spanky, and other members of the gang, like Porky, an always-confused looking pre-schooler, and the wish-cracking African American Buckwheat.
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^ These were great, 20 minute-mini-movies featuring the silly, off-the-wall adventures of a group of pre World War II kids including Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat and Porky.
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^ Roach tried without success to do an “Our Gang” feature, GENERAL SPANKY (1936).
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.The film focused more on its adult leads (Phillip Holmes and Rosina Lawrence) than the kids, and was a box office disappointment.^ In its direction and photography, ALFALFA’S AUNT is a playful mockery of horror films (MGM 1930’s horror films tanked at the box office.
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^ Home Showtimes & Tickets Top Box Office Trailers & More In Theaters Coming Soon New on DVD Critics' Reviews Photos News Blog Superfans .
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[16] .No further Our Gang features were made.^ Full Synopsis No Noise Release: 1923 When "Our Gang" member "Mickey Daniels" goes to the hospital to have his tonsils...
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^ Full Synopsis A Quiet Street Release: 1922 With the "Our Gang" kids involved, no street could ever possibly be quiet,...
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^ When he was six years old he was discovered by Hal Roach and made several "Our Gang" comedies.
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George "Spanky" McFarland, Darla Hood, and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer in the "Club Spanky" dream sequence from the 1937 short Our Gang Follies of 1938.
.After years of gradual cast changes, the troupe standardized in 1936 with the move to one-reel shorts.^ Full Synopsis Reunion in Rhythm Release: 1937 A followup to the musical-revue short "Our Gang Follies of 1936", the one-reel...
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.Most casual fans of Our Gang are particularly familiar with the 1936–1939 incarnation of the cast: Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, and Porky, with recurring characters such as neighborhood bullies Butch and Woim and bookworm Waldo.^ The best-known gang is still intact: Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, and Porky.
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^ Another early MGM short, ALFALFA’S AUNT (1938) features Alfalfa, Spanky, and other members of the gang, like Porky, an always-confused looking pre-schooler, and the wish-cracking African American Buckwheat.
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^ Another musical short in the tradition of Our Gang Follies of 1936 and Reunion in Rhythm , this one begins in the basement "theater" of Spanky McFarland, who serves as emcee of a lavish kiddie revue, built primarily around the talents of Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, "King of the Crooners."
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.Tommy Bond, an off-and-on member of the gang since 1932, returned to the series as Butch beginning with the 1937 short Glove Taps.^ Ultimately some gang members are seriously injured or killed.
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^ Full Synopsis Bubbling Troubles Release: 1940 In his final "Our Gang" appearance, "Tommy Bond" essays his usual role as the...
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^ Full Synopsis Dog Daze Release: 1939 The "Our Gang" kids must raise 37 cents to pay off neighborhood bully Tommy...
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Sidney Kibrick played Butch's crony, The Woim. .Glove Taps also featured the first appearance of Darwood Kaye as the bespectacled Waldo.^ Full Synopsis Waldo's Last Stand Release: 1940 The "Our Gang" kids offer to help their pal Waldo ("Darwood Kaye") attract...
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^ Darwood "Waldo" Kaye (1929-2002) - filmography Darwood Kaye was born on Sept.
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^ Darwood "Waldo" Kaye .
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In later shorts, both Butch and Waldo would become Alfalfa's main rivals in his pursuit of Darla's affections. .Other familiar situations in these mid-to-late 1930s shorts include the "He-Man Woman Haters Club" from Hearts Are Thumps and Mail and Female (both 1937), the Laurel and Hardy-ish interaction between Alfalfa and Spanky, and the comic tag-along team of Porky and Buckwheat.^ I (foolishly) dreamed of convening my own version of the "He-Man Woman Haters Club", and yearned to put on a variety show and charge admission.
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^ These parallel the controlling geographical influences of the gang, where the differentiation is between the Southside as one influence, and the North and Northwest sides as the other influence.
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^ Full Synopsis Mail and Female Release: 1937 Acting as if the previous "Our Gang" one-reeler "Hearts are Thumps" never...
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.Roach produced one last two-reel Our Gang short, a high-budget musical special entitled Our Gang Follies of 1938, in 1937 as a parody of MGM's Broadway Melody of 1938.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ The Our Gang Collection is a complete collection of all 52 of the MGM shorts produced from 1938 to 1944.
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^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
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In Follies of 1938, Alfalfa, who aspires to be an opera singer, falls asleep and dreams that his old pal Spanky has become the rich owner of a swanky Broadway nightclub, where Darla and Buckwheat perform and make "hundreds and thousands of dollars."
.As the profit margins continued to decline due to double features,[17] Roach could no longer afford to continue producing Our Gang, and MGM, not wanting the series discontinued, agreed to take over production.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ Produced between 1938 and 1944 after Hal Roach sold the franchise off to MGM, these shorts lack the wild, undercranked energy that made the series so popular.
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^ If you must, start with the Roach-produced efforts like "Hook and Ladder", "Our Gang Follies of 1938" or "Bored of Education".
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.On May 31, 1938, Roach sold MGM the Our Gang unit, including the rights to the name and the contracts for the actors and writers, for $25,000.[18] After delivering the Laurel & Hardy feature Block-Heads, Roach ended his distribution contract with MGM as well, moving to United Artists and leaving the short subjects business.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ Our Gang Follies of 1938 .
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^ Produced between 1938 and 1944 after Hal Roach sold the franchise off to MGM, these shorts lack the wild, undercranked energy that made the series so popular.
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.The final Roach-produced short in the Our Gang series, Hide and Shriek, was also Roach's final short subject production.^ In general, the Roach-produced years are considered by fans to be the classics of the Our Gang series.
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^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
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^ Produced between 1938 and 1944 after Hal Roach sold the franchise off to MGM, these shorts lack the wild, undercranked energy that made the series so popular.
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The cover to Our Gang Comics #1. Cartoon versions of (l to r) Robert Blake (aka Mickey Gubitosi), Janet Burston, Spanky, Billy "Froggy" Laughlin, and Buckwheat appeared in the comic series, which also featured animated MGM stars Tom and Jerry and Barney Bear.

The MGM era

.The MGM-produced Our Gang shorts were not as well-received as the Roach-produced shorts had been, due to both MGM's inexperience with the brand of slapstick comedy Our Gang was famous for and MGM's insistence on keeping Alfalfa, Spanky, and Buckwheat in the series until they were in their early teens.^ Another musical short in the tradition of Our Gang Follies of 1936 and Reunion in Rhythm , this one begins in the basement "theater" of Spanky McFarland, who serves as emcee of a lavish kiddie revue, built primarily around the talents of Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, "King of the Crooners."
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^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ Johnny Downs (1913-1994) - filmography Johnny Downs joined the serial "Our Gang" in 1923 and appeared in more the 20 episodes.
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.On loan from the Roach studio, a frustrated Gordon Douglas completed only two Our Gang shorts for MGM before returning to his home studio.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ He had fired Charley Chase, Laurel and Hardy were doing features only and he was negotiating to sell 'Our Gang' to MGM, where the shorts would continue to be produced for another nine years.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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[19] .In replacing him, MGM began using Our Gang as a training ground for future feature directors.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ Full Synopsis Calling All Kids Release: 1943 Arguably the least entertaining of all the MGM "Our Gang" mini-musicals,...
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^ The director Charles Parrott - the later Charley Chase - brought him together with Our Gang.
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.George Sidney, Edward Cahn, and Cy Endfield all worked on Our Gang before moving on to features; another director, Herbert Glazer, remained a second-unit director outside of his work on the series.^ They're actually quite staid: carefully scripted, competently directed (by the capable likes of George Sidney, Cy Endfield and Edward Cahn), and, for the most part, morally edifying.
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^ Sick of his lifestyle, Casper kills another gang member, rescuing Sayra from being raped and marking himself for death, all of which takes place in one split-second decision.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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.Nearly all of the 52 MGM-produced Our Gangs were written by former Roach director Hal Law and former junior director Robert A. McGowan (also known as Anthony Mack, nephew of the series' main director back at Roach, Robert F. McGowan).^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ Produced between 1938 and 1944 after Hal Roach sold the franchise off to MGM, these shorts lack the wild, undercranked energy that made the series so popular.
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^ If you must, start with the Roach-produced efforts like "Hook and Ladder", "Our Gang Follies of 1938" or "Bored of Education".
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.Robert A. McGowan was credited for these shorts as "Robert McGowan"; as a result, moviegoers have been confused for decades about whether this Robert McGowan and the senior director of the same name back at Roach were two separate people or not.^ We feel that a short analysis of these documents in Appendix A provide the basis for discussing the legitimacy of some hitherto unexplored aspects about gang economics.
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^ The final two-reel Our Gang comedy; also the final two-reel short produced by Hal Roach studios more Goofs: .
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^ Full Synopsis Big Business Release: 1924 Not to be confused with the 1929 Laurel and Hardy classic of the same name, the...
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.The Our Gang films produced by MGM are considered by many film historians, and even the Our Gang kids themselves, to be lesser films than the Roach entries.^ In general, the Roach-produced years are considered by fans to be the classics of the Our Gang series.
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^ He had fired Charley Chase, Laurel and Hardy were doing features only and he was negotiating to sell 'Our Gang' to MGM, where the shorts would continue to be produced for another nine years.
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^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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[20]The kids' performances are often stilted, with the fully scripted dialogue now being recited stiffly instead of spoken naturally. The stories were more heavy-handed, with adult situations driving the action, and the films usually incorporated a moral, a civics lesson, or a patriotic theme.[21]
Porky was replaced in 1939 by Mickey Gubitosi, later better known by the stage name of Robert Blake. .Butch, Waldo, and Alfalfa all left the series in 1940, and Billy "Froggy" Laughlin (with his Popeye-esque trick voice) and Janet Burston were added to the cast.^ Full Synopsis Dancing Romeo Release: 1944 "Our Gang" member Froggy (Billy Laughlin) is in love with pretty ballet student...
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By the end of 1941, Darla had also departed from the series, and Spanky followed her within a year. .Buckwheat remained in the cast until the end of the series as the only holdover from the Roach era.^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
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Exhibitors noticed the drop in quality, and often complained that the series was slipping. When six of the 13 shorts released between 1942 and 1943 sustained losses rather than turning profits, [22] MGM discontinued Our Gang, releasing the final short, Dancing Romeo, on April 29, 1944.
.Since 1937, Our Gang had been featured as a licensed comic strip in the UK comic The Dandy, drawn by Dudley D. Watkins.^ Since my earliest childhood I was confronted with the TV Serial "Our Gang" (or "The Little Rascals") and gave me uncountable hours of fun.
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.Starting in 1942, MGM licensed Our Gang to Dell Comics for the publication of Our Gang Comics, featuring the gang, Barney Bear, and Tom and Jerry.^ He started in pictures at age of 6 and worked in 40 films over 9 years, including 21 "Our Gang" comedies as "Waldo".
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^ Jerry Tucker's "Our Gang" debut was a minor role in "Shiver My Timbers" (31).
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.The strips in The Dandy ended three years after the demise of the Our Gang shorts, in 1947. Our Gang Comics outlasted the series by five years, finally changing its name to Tom and Jerry Comics in 1949. In 2006, Fantagraphics Books began issuing a series of volumes reprinting the Our Gang stories, most of which were written and drawn by Pogo creator Walt Kelly.^ She appeared in 35 Our Gang episodes during three years.
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^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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Later years and The Little Rascals revival

The Little Rascals television package

A poster for the Monogram Pictures re-releases of the Our Gang shorts under the title The Little Rascals in 1951. All of the film were reissued using similar poster designs, with only the name of each short—in this case, The First Round-Up—changing.
.When Hal Roach sold Our Gang to MGM, he had retained the option to buy back the rights to the Our Gang trademark, provided he did not produce any more kids' comedies in the Our Gang vein.^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
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^ Finally, in May 1938, Roach sold the rights to the Our Gang series and characters to the MGM studio.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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.In the mid-1940s, he decided that he wanted to create a new film property in the Our Gang mold, and forfeited his right to buy back the Our Gang name in order to produce two Cinecolor featurettes, Curley and Who Killed Doc Robbin.^ Our direct sources, quoted in this profile, included many "regular" members of the gang, in Chicago and in many other areas outside of Chicago, as well as high-ranking leaders of the gang (two who attained the status of being a "Prince" in the gang).
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^ In our gang you cannot order a murder of a correctional officer without it being approved and called by the top leader (Lord Gino)."
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^ But he said some of the people who claim to have been "Little Rascals" or "Our Gang" actors appeared in knockoff versions of those shows and, as they got older, began to refer to them generically as "Little Rascals" or "Our Gang" films.
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.Neither film was critically or financially successful, and Roach instead turned his plans toward re-releasing the original Our Gang comedies.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ But his most prominent role, however, was as the spoiled rich kid in the "Our Gang" comedies.
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.In 1949, MGM sold Hal Roach the rights to the 1927–1938 Our Gang silent and talking shorts.^ Until early 1938, creator Hal Roach produced the Our Gang series.
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^ When Hal Roach sold the serial to M-G-M in 1938, it rang in the decline of the serial.
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^ Finally, in May 1938, Roach sold the rights to the Our Gang series and characters to the MGM studio.
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.MGM retained the rights to use the Our Gang name, the 52 Our Gang films it produced, and the rights to the feature General Spanky.^ The Our Gang Collection is a complete collection of all 52 of the MGM shorts produced from 1938 to 1944.
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^ Jackie was eight when she, Spanky McFarland and Scottie Beckett began to delight audiences with their antics in the Our Gang comedies.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Finally, in May 1938, Roach sold the rights to the Our Gang series and characters to the MGM studio.
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.As per the terms of the sale, Roach was required to remove the MGM Lion studio logo and all instances of the names or logos "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer", "Loews Incorporated", and Our Gang from the reissued film prints.^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ The Our Gang Collection is a complete collection of all 52 of the MGM shorts produced from 1938 to 1944.
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^ When he was six years old he was discovered by Hal Roach and made several "Our Gang" comedies.
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.Using a modified version of the series' original name, Roach packaged the 80 sound Our Gang shorts as The Little Rascals.^ The shorts are all the original and uncut versions.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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Monogram Pictures and its successor, Allied Artists, reissued the films to theaters beginning in 1951. Allied Artists' television department, Interstate Television, syndicated the films to TV in 1955.
.Under its new name, The Little Rascals enjoyed renewed popularity on television, and new Little Rascals comic books, toys, and other licensed merchandise was made available for purchase.^ Her sister Mary Kornman (1915-1973) was already a successful member of Our Gang, therefore it was not surprising that also Mildred Kornman made her film debut with the Little Rascals.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ I'm always interested to enlarge my collection with other signatures of the little rascal.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

.Seeing the potential of the property, MGM began distributing its own Our Gang shorts to television in 1956, and as a result, the two separate packages of Our Gang films competed with each other in syndication for three decades.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ He started in pictures at age of 6 and worked in 40 films over 9 years, including 21 "Our Gang" comedies as "Waldo".
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

.Some stations bought both packages and played them alongside each other under the Little Rascals show banner.^ But he said some of the people who claim to have been "Little Rascals" or "Our Gang" actors appeared in knockoff versions of those shows and, as they got older, began to refer to them generically as "Little Rascals" or "Our Gang" films.
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^ If there are those that don't get my comment, check out the thread for the other Our Gang/Little Rascals set.
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^ [Moe thinks back to an episode where the Little Rascals are playing marbles - he flicks one away; it bounces into an exhaust pipe] Moe: Oh, no!
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.The television rights for the original silent Pathé Our Gang comedies were sold to National Telepix and other distributors, who distributed the films under titles such as The Mischief Makers and Those Lovable Scallawags with Their Gangs.^ Even Leonard Maltin's indispensable book was titled "THE LITTLE RASCALS (the life and times of Our Gang)".
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^ But his most prominent role, however, was as the spoiled rich kid in the "Our Gang" comedies.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Effective with the '36-'37 season, the "Our Gang" comedies became one-reelers, avg.
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King World's acquisition and edits

.In the 1960s a then-new distributor named King World Entertainment (now CBS Television Distribution) returned the films to television, and the success of The Little Rascals paved the way for King World to become one of the biggest television syndicators in the world.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson (1916-2001) - filmography Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson was one of the silent members of the little rascals.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ LITTLE-RASCALS.../dp/B0009IVDR2 Is this the best way to get complete, unedited episodes with the best quality?
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.In 1971, because of controversy over some of the racial humor in the shorts, as well as other content deemed to be in bad taste, King World made significant edits to its Little Rascals TV prints.^ Since then the serial experienced a resurrection time and again through broadcastings on TV. With this they erected a lasting monument to the little rascals.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ So to recap, with community policing each area does what it deems best, so yes you could have some areas more psychotic than others, it all depends.

^ I have the old Cabin Fever set, but am thinking of buying this set as well as the previously released Little Rascals set for the kids (and me.
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.Many of the series entries were trimmed by two to four minutes, while several others (among them Spanky, Bargain Day, The Pinch Singer and Mush and Milk) were cut down to nearly half of their original length.^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ And two days after my 18th birthday I was arrested together with 500 others on auto row in San Francisco.
  • Our Gang of Four: Friendships and Women's Liberation - CWLU Herstory Project: The Online History of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cwluherstory.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Summary of her filmworks: The Kid from Borneo (1933) Mush and Milk (1933) Birthday Blues (1932) Hook and Ladder (1932) Spanky (1932) Little Daddy (1931) Bargain Days (1931) The Slippery Pearls (1931) Teacher's Pet (1930) A Royal Romance (1930) .
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

.At the same time, eight Little Rascals shorts were removed from the King World television package altogether.^ For the first time, all of the Little Rascals talkies and a few of the silents have been painstakingly restored and lost scenes put back where they belong.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Even Leonard Maltin's indispensable book was titled "THE LITTLE RASCALS (the life and times of Our Gang)".
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^ Since then the serial experienced a resurrection time and again through broadcastings on TV. With this they erected a lasting monument to the little rascals.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

Lazy Days, Moan & .Groan, Inc., the Stepin Fetchit-guest-starred A Tough Winter, Little Daddy, A Lad an' a Lamp, The Kid From Borneo, and Little Sinner were all deleted from the syndication package because of perceived racism, while Big Ears was deleted for dealing with the subject of divorce.^ Summary of her filmworks: Fly My Kite (1931) Little Daddy (1931) Bargain Days (1931) School's Out (1930) A Tough Winter (1930) The First Seven Years (1930) Shivering Shakespeare (1930) Boxing Gloves (1929) Railroadin' (1929) .
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Summary of her filmworks: The Kid from Borneo (1933) Mush and Milk (1933) Birthday Blues (1932) Hook and Ladder (1932) Spanky (1932) Little Daddy (1931) Bargain Days (1931) The Slippery Pearls (1931) Teacher's Pet (1930) A Royal Romance (1930) .
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Initially to portray Spanky's kid brother in Little Sinner.
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.The early talkie Railroadin' was never part of the television package because its sound tracks (recorded on phonographic records) could not be found and were considered lost.^ I found that sexual abuse of children in large part continues because this system is being protected.

.In the early 2000s, the 71 films in the King World package were re-edited, reinstating many (though not all) of the edits made in 1971 and the original Our Gang title cards.^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ The original Chicago-based Latin King gang is a formal organization.
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^ Clearly, the Latin Kings was one of these gangs our society inadvertently nourished as an organizational entity.
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These new television prints made their debut on the American Movie Classics cable network in 2001.

New Little Rascals productions

.In 1977, Norman Lear tried to revive the Rascals franchise, taping three pilot episodes of the The Little Rascals.^ LITTLE-RASCALS.../dp/B0009IVDR2 Is this the best way to get complete, unedited episodes with the best quality?
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^ Historical survey of Our Gang / The Little Rascal The first episodes were shot in 1922 and found an end in 1944.
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^ A complete catalog of all episodes you will find at " All movies of Our Gang / The Little Rascals at a glance".
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The pilots were not bought, but they were notable for giving an early start to Gary Coleman.
.1979 brought The Little Rascals Christmas Special, an animated holiday special produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, written by Romeo Muller and featuring voice work from Darla Hood (who died before the special aired) and Matthew "Stymie" Beard.^ Refuse to live in fear Voice to skull Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's.

^ The little Rascals were called into live through the legendary producer Hal Roach (Roach also spotted the comedians Laurel & Hardy).
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

.Hanna-Barbera brought the animated gang back from 1982 to 1984 in a series of Little Rascals television cartoons for ABC Saturday Mornings.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ For the first time, all of the Little Rascals talkies and a few of the silents have been painstakingly restored and lost scenes put back where they belong.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ When he joined up with the little rascals he was already ten years old, still he could stay for the next four years in the serial.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

.Many producers, including Our Gang alumnus Jackie Cooper, made pilots for new Our Gang TV shows, but none of them ever went into production.^ Sections are branches of our Nation ' s Organization that has extended into many communities of the city.
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^ He started in pictures at age of 6 and worked in 40 films over 9 years, including 21 "Our Gang" comedies as "Waldo".
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Our Gang lasted for 22 years, during which time tough-guys came and went.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

.In 1994, Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures released The Little Rascals, a feature film based upon the series and featuring interpretations of classic Our Gang shorts, including Hearts are Thumps, Rushin' Ballet, and Hi'-Neighbor! The film, directed by Penelope Spheeris, starred Travis Tedford as Spanky, Bug Hall as Alfalfa, and Ross Bagley as Buckwheat; and featured cameos by the Olsen twins, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks, Reba McEntire, Daryl Hannah, Donald Trump, and Raven-Symoné.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
  • Spanky & Our Gang - The Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang - Download Spanky & Our Gang - The Complete Mercury Recordings on iTunes 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC itunes.apple.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[23]The .Little Rascals was a moderate success for Universal, bringing in $51,764,950 at the box office.^ Her sister Mary Kornman (1915-1973) was already a successful member of Our Gang, therefore it was not surprising that also Mildred Kornman made her film debut with the Little Rascals.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

[24] .Critics and fans alike were quick to note that no surviving members of the original Our Gang appeared in the film.^ Johnny Downs (1913-1994) - filmography Johnny Downs joined the serial "Our Gang" in 1923 and appeared in more the 20 episodes.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ He started in pictures at age of 6 and worked in 40 films over 9 years, including 21 "Our Gang" comedies as "Waldo".
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ He appeared in 86 Our Gang episodes during seven years and he had three guest-appearances in the serial in the 30's.
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Legacy and influence

.The characters in this series became well-known cultural icons, and could often be identified solely by their first names.^ When the lead character of the film is a transvestite scientist named Dr. Frank-N-Furter, you know you’re in for some seriously trashy viewing.
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.The characters of Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla, and Froggy were especially well-known.^ The NGCRC does not develop gang profiles on fraternities, sororities, or informal play groups like "Alfalfa and Spanky": the NGCRC develops profiles on known criminal gangs.
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.Like many child actors, the Our Gang kids were subsequently typecast and had trouble outgrowing their Our Gang images.^ But his most prominent role, however, was as the spoiled rich kid in the "Our Gang" comedies.
  • Our Gang / The Little Rascals by Thomas Staedeli 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.cyranos.ch [Source type: General]

^ Also you know what, Gang Stalking targets have kids, many who have had to watch their kids be tortured and burnt, screaming out in pain.

^ With a height of 5 feet he belongs to the smaller actors but his importance in the film history of Our Gang is one of the most important.
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.Several Our Gang alumni, among them Carl Switzer, Scotty Beckett, Norman Chaney, Billy Laughlin, and Bobby Hutchins, met with untimely deaths before the age of forty.^ Spanky & Our Gang disbanded in late 1968 after the death of co-founder Malcolm Hale.
  • Spanky & Our Gang - The Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang - Download Spanky & Our Gang - The Complete Mercury Recordings on iTunes 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC itunes.apple.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This led to rumors that there was an Our Gang/Little Rascals "curse", a rumor popularized by a 2002 E! True Hollywood Story documentary entitled The Curse of the Little Rascals.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ We have an interesting story we use in our gang training program about the symbols of the Latin Kings that is valuable to include here.
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^ Our gang : There’s a reason the harrowing journey that U.S.-bound immigrants take in Sin Nombre feels so real.
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[25] .The Snopes.com website debunks the rumor that there is an Our Gang curse, stating that there was no evidence of a pattern of unusual deaths when taking all of the major Our Gang stars into account, despite the tragic deaths of a select few.^ Sick of his lifestyle, Casper kills another gang member, rescuing Sayra from being raped and marking himself for death, all of which takes place in one split-second decision.
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^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ This LK member returned a few years later and took a job in the Cook County Court system (having no arrest record, because he quit the gang shortly after doing the shooting which was a part of his initiation into the LKs).
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[26]
.The kids' work in the series went largely unrewarded in later years, although Spanky McFarland received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame posthumously in 1994. Neither he nor any of the other Our Gang kids ever got any residuals or royalties from reruns of the shorts or licensed products with their likenesses.^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
  • Spanky & Our Gang - The Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang - Download Spanky & Our Gang - The Complete Mercury Recordings on iTunes 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC itunes.apple.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Spanky and Our Gang Live was recorded prior to the addition of Seiter, Hodges and Baker, which accounts for the lack of any later era charting selections.
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^ Many others would like to have kids, and families, but as long as psychopathic people like you exist they will not be able to.

.The only remittances they received were their weekly salaries during their time in the gang, which ranged from $40 a week for newcomers to $200 or more a week for stars like Farina, Spanky, and Alfalfa.^ There may also be "pee wee" members, but they are not privy to the secret operations of the chapter of the gang and are not normally allowed to attend its weekly meetings.
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^ Yet the truth remains: only when they become regular members will they discover the truth about the gang - it is a gang based on crime and violence as a way of life.
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^ They only go unseen when law enforcement personnel, as well as educators and parents, fail to recognize the signs of gang activity and an individuals involvement.
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[9]
.One notable exception is Jackie Cooper, who was later nominated for an Academy Award and had a full career as an adult actor.^ Leadership is most often assumed by one or more members who exhibit exceptional antisocial and/or criminal behavior or long term affiliation.
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^ When we would interview a cooperative person who reported his or her membership affiliation with the LKs, one of the first questions we asked was a cognitive item.
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.Cooper is best known today for portraying Perry White in the Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve, as well as for directing episodes of TV series such as M*A*S*H and Superboy.^ They have also been known to cooperate with a white folks gang, the Simon City Royals (SCR's).
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^ Tyler Perry’s Medea Goes to Jail : Perry’s been cranking out—and usually starring in—two movies a year for a while.
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The 1930 Our Gang short Pups is Pups was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2004.

Imitators, followers, and frauds

.Due to the popularity of Our Gang, a number of imitation kid comedy short film series were created by competing studios.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ The Our Gang Collection is a complete collection of all 52 of the MGM shorts produced from 1938 to 1944.
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.Among the most notable of these are The Kiddie Troupers, featuring future comedian Eddie Bracken; Baby Burlesks, featuring Shirley Temple; the Buster Brown comedies (from which Our Gang received Pete the Pup and director Gus Meins); and Our Gang's most successful competitor, the Toonerville Trolley-based Mickey McGuire series starring Mickey Rooney.^ Our Gang (also known as Little Rascals in its various syndicated incarnations) was a hugely successful series of film shorts that started in the silent era and lasted until 1944.
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^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ Clearly, the Latin Kings was one of these gangs our society inadvertently nourished as an organizational entity.
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.Some less notable imitations series include The McDougall Alley Gang (Bray Productions, 1927–1928), The Us Bunch and Our Kids.^ We have an interesting story we use in our gang training program about the symbols of the Latin Kings that is valuable to include here.
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After its original run was over, Our Gang continued to inspire works in various media focusing on children. These include, but are not limited to, films such as The Bad News Bears, The Goonies and The Sandlot.
.In later years, a large number of adults falsely claimed to have been members of Our Gang.^ Anyone can "claim" to be a gang member.
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^ This LK member returned a few years later and took a job in the Cook County Court system (having no arrest record, because he quit the gang shortly after doing the shooting which was a part of his initiation into the LKs).
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^ Spanky and Our Gang Live was recorded prior to the addition of Seiter, Hodges and Baker, which accounts for the lack of any later era charting selections.
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.A long list of people, including persons famous in other capacities such as Nanette Fabray, Eddie Bracken, and gossip columnist Joyce Haber[27] have all claimed to be or have been publicly called former Our Gang kids.^ Gangs call these persons "claimers".
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^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ Many others would like to have kids, and families, but as long as psychopathic people like you exist they will not be able to.

[28] .Bracken's official biography was once altered to state that he appeared in Our Gang instead of The Kiddie Troupers, although he himself had no knowledge of the change.^ Some gangs are starting to change their clothing styles and no longer wearing their colors in an effort to deceive law enforcement and conceal their gang affiliation.
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^ On the back of the DVD set, the box states "The Our Gang Collection is intended for the adult collector and is not suitable for children."
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^ Too often , a community or a department will proclaim that there are no gangs within the community, stating that there are only a few youths who are "Wannabes."
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.There are many other persons who have falsely claimed to have been Our Gang kids such as Spanky, Alfalfa, Froggy, and often other characters who never existed.^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ In such cases, gang affiliation is often not known until a criminal incident occurs.
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^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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.Among the most notable Our Gang impostors is Jack Bothwell, who claimed to have portrayed a character named "Freckles",[29] and went so far as to appear on the game show To Tell The Truth in the fall of 1957 perpetuating this fraud.^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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^ This is how we so often treat those who tell us the truth we do not want to hear.

^ The article above is about crime in the U.K. but it could just as easily been about trying to get the truth out about Gang Stalking and the fact that people in most time periods do not like people who tell them the truth, or who preach something that goes against their orthodoxy.

.In 2008, a Darla Hood impostor, Mollie Barron, passed away claiming to be one of the "Darla" actresses cast in the Our Gang series.^ Clearly, the Latin Kings was one of these gangs our society inadvertently nourished as an organizational entity.
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^ We still have one we use in gang training however, but we must remark that we have never had anyone from the advertising industry attend any of our sessions yet.
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^ Gangs in our area may assume an existing gang name or use one that may be known locally.
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.Her AP obituary reported her as an Our Gang cast member.^ California Police say gang members were picking fight at mall (Merced, CA): A validated gang member was Tasered by a police officer at the Merced Mall on Wednesday, after an argument between rival gang members, Merced police reported.

^ Gang members cast a bleak future for themselves.
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^ Minnesota Report raises questions about Minnesota gang member registries (St.

Another is Bill English, a grocery store employee who appeared on the October 5, 1990, episode of the ABC investigative television newsmagazine 20/20 claiming to have been Buckwheat. Following the broadcast, Spanky McFarland informed the media of the truth, and in December, William Thomas, Jr., the son of Billie Thomas, the actual actor who played Buckwheat, filed a lawsuit against ABC for negligence.
.Another child actor of the era who claimed to have portrayed a character named "Freckles" in Our Gang was Wesley Barry.^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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^ Finally, in May 1938, Roach sold the rights to the Our Gang series and characters to the MGM studio.
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^ Gangs in our area may assume an existing gang name or use one that may be known locally.
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In the 1979 book Behind Japanese Lines: With the OSS in Burma, author Richard Dunlop, a former OSS member, made this statement about then-OSS member Wes "Berry." .Barry was in fact a child actor of the time who acted in films similar to the 'Our Gang shorts, and was particularly known for his freckles.^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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.While it does appear likely that Barry did serve in the OSS in Burma in 1944, there is no evidence that he appeared in the Our Gang movies apart from this source.^ There is always going to be somebody else to step in...you can't put the gang out of a business that has faces no regulations....the boys might be arrested....but the business will go on.
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^ Finally, we must report that there is no "perfect" historical chain of evidence here about the genesis of the Latin Kings.
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^ McCarthyism continued until just a few stood up and said, enough is enough, "have you no shame," and then it fell apart from there.

Persons and entities named after Our Gang

.A number of other groups, companies, and entities have been inspired by or named after Our Gang.^ Clearly, the Latin Kings was one of these gangs our society inadvertently nourished as an organizational entity.
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^ I guess our message to the other prison gangs is that you really are what you eat, in this case at least.
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^ By 1963 some additional gangs got detached social workers to work with them: Spanish Kings, Junior Sinners, the Jokers, and others, but still no record of the Latin Kings as an entity by the name "Latin Kings".
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.The folk-rock group Spanky and Our Gang was named in honor of the troupe, but had no other connection with it.^ However their eclecticism, coupled with a comparatively off-the-wall sense of humor is exposed on the lesser-known cuts from Spanky and Our Gang.
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^ Spanky and Our Gang Live was recorded prior to the addition of Seiter, Hodges and Baker, which accounts for the lack of any later era charting selections.
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^ I guess our message to the other prison gangs is that you really are what you eat, in this case at least.
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.In addition, there are a number of (unauthorized) Little Rascals and Our Gang restaurants and day care centers in various locations throughout the United States.^ Even Leonard Maltin's indispensable book was titled "THE LITTLE RASCALS (the life and times of Our Gang)".
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^ The Latin King gang is one of the most violent gangs in the United States today, with leaders unafraid to order "hits" on correctional officers and followers unashamed to obey their orders.
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^ It is an aspect that gang members find out about only when they join gangs and to our knowledge applies to most such centralized authoritarian formal gangs that exist in the United States today.
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.Ren and Stimpy, the animated stars of Nickelodeon's The Ren and Stimpy Show, were first created as supporting characters on a proposed cartoon show called Your Gang about a group of children.^ Become Informed -- The first step in prevention is to learn about gangs, gang members and their activities.
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^ Most importantly, to make you cognizant that your children are not being initiated into a criminal street gang.
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^ Age first heard anything about "gangs".
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Home video releases and rights to the films

16 mm, VHS, and DVD releases

For many years, Blackhawk Films released 79 of the 80 Roach talkies on 16 mm film. .The sound discs for Railroading' had been lost since the 1940s, and a silent print was made available for home movie release until 1982, when the film's sound discs were located in the MGM vault and the short was restored with sound.^ I felt that I had lost my political home and I have never felt as personally and politically close with any group of friends since.
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.Like the television prints, Blackhawk's Little Rascals reissues featured custom-created title cards in place of the original Our Gang logos, as per MGM's 1949 arrangement with Hal Roach not to distribute the series under its original title.The only edits made to the films were the replacements of the original Our Gang title cards with Little Rascals titles.^ Even Leonard Maltin's indispensable book was titled "THE LITTLE RASCALS (the life and times of Our Gang)".
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^ As far as I c tell, only 5 silent Our Gang Comedies have recieved an "official" release from Cabin Fever and its legal heirs (Hallmark etc.
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^ For the first time ever, all 80 of Hal Roach's original 1929-1938 classic shorts featuring Buckwheat, Spanky, Alphalpha, and the rest of Our Gang--from the era before Roach sold the rights to MGM--are available here in one package.
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In 1982, MGM found a print of Railroadin with the soundtrack intact, which was turned over to Blackhawk and made available in 16 mm format.
In 1983, with the VHS home video market growing, Blackhawk began distributing Little Rascals VHS tapes available through catalogue only, with three shorts per tape. Blackhawk Films was acquired in 1983 by National Telefilm Associates, later renamed Republic Pictures. Republic would release Little Rascals VHS volumes for retail purchase in various, non-comprehensive collections through the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s. By this point, all but 11 of the Roach-era sound films were available on home video.

Cabin Fever/Hallmark releases

In 1993, Republic sold the home video rights to the 80 sound Roach shorts and some of the available silent shorts to Cabin Fever Entertainment. .Cabin Fever also acquired the rights to use the original Our Gang title cards and MGM logos, and for the first time in over 50 years, the Roach sound Our Gang comedies could be commercially exhibited in their original format.^ But with the increasing popularity of double-features (versus showing several 20-minute two-reel comedies), Roach had begun making one-reel (10-minute) Our Gang shorts in an attempt to keep the popular series afloat.
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^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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Twenty-one VHS volumes were released between 1994 and 1995, hosted by Leonard Maltin. .With four shorts per tape, Cabin Fever made all 80 Roach sound shorts, and four silents, available for purchase, uncut and with digitally restored picture and sound.^ Are these two episodes available unedited anywhere other than having to buy the Cabin Fever set?
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.Cabin Fever began pressing DVD versions of their first 12 Little Rascals VHS volumes (with the contents of two VHS volumes included on each DVD), but went out of business in 1998 before their release.^ I'll get this as long as it's not butchered like the Little Rascals set that came out not too long ago.
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^ Originally Posted by scottp120 I'll get this as long as it's not butchered like the Little Rascals set that came out not too long ago.
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^ I remember the feeling I had the first time I went out without my eyeliner.
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.The Little Rascals home video rights were then sold to Hallmark Entertainment in 1999, who released the DVD's without an official launch while cleaning out their warehouse in early 2000. Later that year, the first 10 Cabin Fever volumes were re-released on VHS with new packaging, and the first two volumes were also released on DVD as The Little Rascals: Volumes 1–2.^ I'll get this as long as it's not butchered like the Little Rascals set that came out not too long ago.
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^ I didn't know until years later that she wanted desperately to use her new found eloquence and held me partially responsible for silencing her.
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^ For the first time in history a majority of people in their late teens were going to college and the new experience away from home in an intellectual environment was transforming.
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Two further Hallmark collections featured ten shorts apiece, and were released in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
.In 2006, Legend Films released colorized versions of fifteen Our Gang comedies (14 Roach entries, and the public domain MGM entry Waldo's Last Stand), which were released across three Little Rascals DVDs.^ Paul, MN): An audit of a law enforcement database of gang members found problems with about 5 percent of the entries sampled, which amounts to 14 people.

.RHI Entertainment and Genius Products released an eight-disc DVD set, The Little Rascals – the Complete Collection, on October 28, 2008. [30][31] This set includes all 80 Hal Roach-produced Our Gang sound short films.^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ We have an interesting story we use in our gang training program about the symbols of the Latin Kings that is valuable to include here.
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^ To preview and buy music from Spanky & Our Gang - The Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang, download iTunes now.
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Most of the collection uses the Cabin Fever restorations, while a handful of the shorts are presented with older Blackhawk Films transfers. [32]

MGM releases

Meanwhile, MGM has released several non-comprehensive VHS tapes of its shorts, as well as the feature General Spanky. .Four of the MGM Our Gang shorts have also appeared as bonus features on Warner Bros.-issued classic film DVD releases.^ Our Gang of Four: Friendships and Women's Liberation .
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^ Herstory Store Home Memoirs & Bios Text Memoirs Our Gang of Four: Friendships and Women's Liberation .
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^ Our Gang of Four: Friendships and Women's Liberation - CWLU Herstory Project: The Online History of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union The online archive of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union .
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.There are many other unofficial Our Gang and Little Rascals home video collections available from several other distributors, comprising shorts (both silent and sound) which have fallen into the public domain.^ I think our public role as leaders in the women's union may have made it more difficult to disagree with each other.
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^ Sections are branches of our Nation ' s Organization that has extended into many communities of the city.
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^ The young "folks" gang member residing there was not even home at the time.
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.On September 1, 2009, Warner Home Video released all 52 MGM Our Gang shorts in a compilation titled Our Gang Comedies 1938–1942 for DVD and digital download.^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ Even Leonard Maltin's indispensable book was titled "THE LITTLE RASCALS (the life and times of Our Gang)".
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^ Effective with the '36-'37 season, the "Our Gang" comedies became one-reelers, avg.
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The set is available by mail order only as part of the Warner Archive Collection.

Status of ownership

Currently, the rights to the Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts are scattered.
.RHI Entertainment (successor-in-interest to Hallmark Entertainment) owns the copyrights of and holds the theatrical and home video rights to the Roach-produced Our Gang shorts.^ We have an interesting story we use in our gang training program about the symbols of the Latin Kings that is valuable to include here.
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^ Herstory Store Home Memoirs & Bios Text Memoirs Our Gang of Four: Friendships and Women's Liberation .
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RHI acquired these after absorbing Hal Roach Studios, Roach's estate, and Cabin Fever Entertainment in the late 1990s.
.King World held the rights to the Little Rascals trademark and the Little Rascals television package until 2007. Today, King World's rights are with CBS Television Distribution (which was formed by the merger of King World with CBS Paramount Domestic Television), which offers both original black-and-white and colorized prints for syndication.^ Latin Kings use Gold/Banana Yellow and black colors.
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^ A "people" gang, the Latin Kings use the colors black and gold/yellow to represent their gang, and the most common symbol they use is a "crown" for "King".
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^ In Chicago today the Latin Kings (LKs) are the second largest gang (the GDs have held 1st place for some time, but are now waning somewhat).
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.King World/CBS's Little Rascals package was featured as exclusive programming (in the United States) for the American Movie Classics network from August 2001 to December 2003, with Frankie Muniz as the host.^ The Latin King gang is one of the most violent gangs in the United States today, with leaders unafraid to order "hits" on correctional officers and followers unashamed to obey their orders.
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^ So you have a nifty little program, each division does what it wants to a degree, and units which work with the public.

The MGM-produced Our Gang shorts, General Spanky, and the rights to the Our Gang name became the property of Turner Entertainment in 1986 when its founder Ted Turner bought the classic MGM library. Today, the MGM Our Gang shorts are distributed for Turner by Warner Bros. Television Distribution. .Turner made a deal with King World in the early 1990s to jointly market the Little Rascals and Our Gang films and properties, instead of competing with one another.^ Clearly, the Latin Kings was one of these gangs our society inadvertently nourished as an organizational entity.
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^ We have an interesting story we use in our gang training program about the symbols of the Latin Kings that is valuable to include here.
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^ We still have one we use in gang training however, but we must remark that we have never had anyone from the advertising industry attend any of our sessions yet.
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.The MGM Our Gangs now appear regularly on the AmericanLife TV Network, and periodically on the Turner Classic Movies cable network.^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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.Thirty-three of the MGM Our Gangs were also available for viewing online at AOL's In2TV website during the mid-2000s.^ From our view of Chicago gang history, the YMCA "detached gang worker" program basically invented what today is known as a "shout out".
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^ Our Gang of Four: Friendships and Women's Liberation - CWLU Herstory Project: The Online History of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union The online archive of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union .
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The widely-circulated rumor that entertainer Bill Cosby bought up the rights to Our Gang to keep the racial stereotypes off of television is false. Cosby has never owned any rights to the series at any time.[33]

Our Gang kids, pets, and personnel

For a detailed listing of the Our Gang kids, recurring adult actors, directors, and writers, see Our Gang personnel.
.The following is a listing of the best-known child actors in the Our Gang comedies.^ Effective with the '36-'37 season, the "Our Gang" comedies became one-reelers, avg.
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^ As far as I c tell, only 5 silent Our Gang Comedies have recieved an "official" release from Cabin Fever and its legal heirs (Hallmark etc.
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^ From our view of Chicago gang history, the YMCA "detached gang worker" program basically invented what today is known as a "shout out".
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.They are grouped by the era during which they joined the gang.^ Age they first joined the gang.
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^ During their early stages as a gang, the LK's had one distinguishing physical trait: they would wear their hair in "Afro's".
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Persons marked with an asterisk (*) are still living. The surviving members are Dickie Moore, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba, Marianne Edwards, Jean Darling, Mildred Kornman, Robert Blake, Jerry Tucker, Sidney Kibrick and Jackie Lynn Taylor.

Roach silent period

Roach talkie period

MGM period

Notable Our Gang comedies

For a complete filmography, see Our Gang filmography.
.The following is a listing of selected Our Gang comedies, considered by Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann (in their book The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang) to be among the best and most important in the series.^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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^ The Latin King gang is one of the most violent gangs in the United States today, with leaders unafraid to order "hits" on correctional officers and followers unashamed to obey their orders.
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Footnotes

  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard (1994). The Little Rascals: Remastered and Uncut, Volume 22 (Introduction) [Videorecording]. New York: Cabin Fever Entertainment/Hallmark Entertainment
  2. ^ a b c d Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 1, 128, 134, 172.
  3. ^ Limbacher, Carl Jr. (July 23, 2001). Civil Rights Leader: Dan Rather Slurred Blacks with Chandra Comments. NewsMax.com. Retrieved May 26, 2005. In 2001, Dan Rather was accused of racism by the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson when he stated, on air, that "What happened was they [CBS management] got the willies, they got the Buckwheats. Their knees wobbled and we gave it up."
  4. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 243.
  5. ^ Burns, Linda. (2005, April 8). Life & Times (interview with Donald Bogle) [Television broadcast]. Los Angeles: KCET.Transcript available here. Excerpt: "[The] interesting thing is the first real kind of black star in Hollywood was a [child actor]. His name was Ernest Morrison. He was known as Sunshine Sammy and he worked with Harold Lloyd. He worked in the early "Our Gang" series. He was very well-known within the black community in Los Angeles. People knew him and admired him. But they were the early ones. The other thing that was also interesting was that, in the very early days, there were a number who ended up working as servants for major white stars."
  6. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 181.
  7. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 245.
  8. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 9.
  9. ^ a b Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 246.
  10. ^ Bogle, Donald (1973, rev. 2001). Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films. New York: Continuum. Pg. 21. ISBN 082-641267-X.
  11. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 4-5.
  12. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 262.
  13. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 119.
  14. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 140.
  15. ^ a b Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 169-170.
  16. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 175.
  17. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 195.
  18. ^ Ward, Richard Lewis (2005). A History of Hal Roach Studios. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. Pg. 116, 225. ISBN 080-932637-X.
  19. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 197.
  20. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 202.
  21. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 211.
  22. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 235 – 236. Financial data for negative costs, revenue, and profits/losses are provided for all 52 MGM Our Gang shorts.
  23. ^ The Little Rascals (1994). Imdb.com. Retrieved May 26, 2005.
  24. ^ "Business Data for The Little Rascals (1994)". IMDb. Retrieved May 30, 2005.
  25. ^ "E! True Hollywood Story: The Curse of the Little Rascals". IMDb.com. Retrieved April 19, 2007.
  26. ^ Mikkelson, Barbara and Mikkelson, David. "Urban Legends References Page: 'Our Gang' Curse." Snopes.com. Retrieved April 19, 2007.
  27. ^ NY Times obit, August 1, 1993
  28. ^ Maltin & Bann. The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang, p. 241-242.
  29. ^ Contemporary sources variously identify Mickey Daniels, Harry Spear, and Jay R. Smith as being called "Freckles"
  30. ^ The Little Rascals DVD news: Little Rascals Box Set Announced | TVShowsOnDVD.com
  31. ^ The Little Rascals DVD news: Box Art for The Little Rascals – The Complete Collection | TVShowsOnDVD.com
  32. ^ DVD Talk Review: The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection
  33. ^ Sept. 17, 1999. "Urban Legends: The Little Rascals". Snopes.com. Retrieved June 24, 2005.

References

  • Maltin, Leonard & Bann, Richard W (1977, rev. 1992). .The Little Rascals: The Life & Times of Our Gang.^ We had to develop certain questions, as we do with all gang profiles, to make sure we would not be wasting our time.
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    ^ Our information comes from the 2nd in command (a Prince) of the gang at that time who is now a federal informant in the witness protection program.
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    .New York: Crown Publishing/Three Rivers Press.^ Pedro Millan did have Papa King's blessing to start a new chapter in New York, but Pedro did not have the blessing of Lord Gino to operate as an equal in status, i.e., a "Corona" or "Chief Crown".
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    ISBN 051-758325-9
  • Bond, Tommy, w. Genini, Ron (1994). Darn Right It's Butch: Memories of Our Gang/The Little Rascals. Delaware: Morgan Printing. ISBN 0-9630976-5-2.
  • Cooper, Jackie (1982). Please Don't Shoot My Dog: The Autobiography of Jackie Cooper. New York: Penguin Putnam. ISBN 0-425-07483-8.

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Quotes

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From Wikiquote

.Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach's Rascals, was a long-lived series of comedy short films about a troupe of poor neighborhood children and the adventures they had together.^ Pete the Pup in Our Gang helping the kids (Little Rascals) .
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^ The band derives its name from Hal Roach's popular Our Gang comedies of the 1930s (known to modern audiences as The Little Rascals).
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^ Rickert was 4 when she went for an interview for a part in an "Our Gang" comedy short at the Hal Roach Studios.
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.The films were produced for movie theatres by Hal Roach from 1922 to 1938, and by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) from 1938 to 1944. In the mid-1950s, the 80 Roach-produced shorts with sound were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals, as MGM retained the rights to the Our Gang trademark.^ MGM Our Gang by jeffallee .
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^ The”Our Gang” shorts produced at MGM, and available in this DVD set, feature most of the gang members that graced the Hal Roach shorts.
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^ Pete the Pup in Our Gang helping the kids (Little Rascals) .
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Contents

Quotations

  • "Okee-dokee!" and "Okey-doke!" (Spanky)
  • "Oh-Tay!" (Porky and Buckwheat)
  • "Gee, you're pretty, Miss Crabtree. .You're prettier 'n Miss MacGillicuddy."^ Porky and Buckwheat ) "Gee, you're pretty, Miss Crabtree.
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    ^ You're prettier 'n Miss MacGillicuddy."
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    ^ We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (#13, September, 1965) (Note: US Single version with lyric "My Little Girl You're So Young and Pretty..."
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    (Jackie), Teacher's Pet and Love Business, both 1930
  • "Don't call me Norman, call me Chubsy-Ubsy." (Chubby), Love Business, 1930
  • "Yum-yum. .Eat-em-up !"^ In truth, Bumbo is as gentle as they come, but he loves to eat, and his constant cries of "Yum yum - eat 'em up!"

    .(The wild man, The Kid from Borneo, 1933)
  • "I wish Cotton was a monkey.^ Cannibalism also is a theme in what may be the most memorable -- and racially problematic -- Our Gang short, "The Kid from Borneo" (1933), in which a simple-minded but powerfully built "Wild Man from Borneo" (heavyweight prizefighter John Lester Johnson) escapes from a local carnival and begins chasing the kids.
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    ^ Also, across the curb where the kids are talking about the "Wild Man from Borneo" in The Kid from Borneo early in that short).
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    ^ And don't get me started on "Captain Spanky's Showboat", in which Buckwheat essays the role of Oogie Boogie, "The Wild Man of Borneo" (a callback to one of the most notoriously racist Our Gang one-reelers, "The Kid from Borneo"), while gnawing on an animal leg.
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    .All he needs is a tail."^ All he needs is a tail."
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    .(Spanky, A Lad an' a' Lamp, 1932)
  • "Don't drink the milk, its SPOILED". (various characters, Mush and Milk, 1933)
  • "I don't think I'll taste so good, mother says I'm spoiled!"^ In 1932, Spanky MacFarland joined the Gang and became a central character.

    ^ Sometimes I don't want to dress up as Darth Vader or play train sets, so I'll go out for a drink with the girls.

    ^ Less than four years old, George "Spanky" McFarland arrived in 1932; he appeared in eight shorts that year, including "A Lad an' a Lamp," in which he uttered the immortal words: "I wish Cotton was a monkey."
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    .(Spanky, The Kid From Borneo, 1933)
  • "You said it!"^ (The wild man, The Kid from Borneo , 1933) "I wish Cotton was a monkey.
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    ^ (Spanky, The Kid From Borneo , 1933) "You said it!"
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    ^ Full Synopsis The Kid From Borneo Release: 1933 In this classic "Our Gang" comedy, "Dickie Moore", Spanky McFarland and Dorothy...
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    .(various characters)
  • "That'll learn 'em."^ "That'll learn 'em."
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    (Scotty)
  • "Aww, Gee!"(w:Dickie Moore)

Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937)

singing off-key* "I'm the Barber of Seville!" (Alfalfa)

.Alfalfa: "Gee, you look pretty!^ Alfalfa: "Gee, you look pretty!
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^ Porky and Buckwheat ) "Gee, you're pretty, Miss Crabtree.
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Diamonds an' everything!"
.Darla: "Oh yes indeed; I sing and I make hundreds an' thousands of dollars!"^ Darla: "Oh yes indeed; I sing and I make hundreds an' thousands of dollars!"
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^ In Follies of 1938, Alfalfa, who aspires to be an opera singer, falls asleep and dreams that his old pal Spanky has become the rich owner of a swanky Broadway nightclub, where Darla and Buckwheat perform and make "hundreds and thousands of dollars."
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^ Our hero is rescued when he ventures into fashionable Club Spanky, where lead singer Darla Hood and orchestra leader Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas are now making "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
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.Alfalfa: I'm the Barber of Seville!^ Alfalfa: I'm the Barber of Seville !
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Figaro! Figaro! .Figaro!
How do you like that?^ If you would like to help us with some stamps or a small donation read how here.
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Opera Singer: Why, it's preposterous!
.Alfalfa: Thank you very much!^ Alfalfa: Thank you very much!
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^ Thank you very much.
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^ Yes thank you so much GangConsultant .
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You're not so bad yourself!

The Little Rascals (1994 feature film)

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It has been suggested that Little Rascals, The be merged into this article or section.^ It has been suggested that Little Rascals, The be merged into this article or section.
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^ Welcome to Our Gang Wikia Wiki The wiki about Our gang and the Little Rascals that anyone can edit 316 articles since June 2009.
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^ [Moe thinks back to an episode where the Little Rascals are playing marbles - he flicks one away; it bounces into an exhaust pipe] Moe: Oh, no!
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(Discuss)

Mr. Welling: If you were my kids, I'd punish you.
Stymie: If we were your kids, we'd punish ourselves!
Mr. Welling: Leave the premises, post haste!
.Spanky: You can't treat people this way, mister!^ Spanky: You can't treat people this way, mister!
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^ Cheat the devil by living the Golden Rule; That is, treat others the way you want to be treated.
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^ NEVER EVER walk alone at night doesn’t matter who you are people… IT’S JUST NOT SAFE. By the way, it never was.
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Mr. Welling: You're not people, you're kids.

.Darla: Oh, I hate you, Alfalfa.^ Darla: Oh, I hate you, Alfalfa.
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^ Buckwheat: (reading a note from Alfalfa to Darla) Dear Darla, I hate your stinkin' guts!
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^ Do you have a favorite site that features Spanky , Alfalfa , Buckwheat , Darla or any other of the Little Rascals?
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Alfalfa: Dang!

.Buckwheat: (reading a note from Alfalfa to Darla) Dear Darla, I hate your stinkin' guts!^ By 1936, the cast settled in to what most people remember as the "core" cast - Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Porky and Darla, with Butch and Waldo as Alfalfa's rivals for Darla.
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^ The first disc offers possibly the most familiar line-up for many fans with Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Porky, Darla, and neighborhood bully Butch.
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^ Little Rascals/Our Gang television comedy, sitcom, comedy, television, comedies, Our Gang, Little Rascals, Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla, Alfalfa, Butch, Porky, .
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.You make me vomit.^ You make me vomit.
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.You are scum between my toes!^ You are scum between my toes!
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Love, Alfalfa.

.Darla: Why do they have to be so....^ Darla : Why do they have to be so....
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Spanky: Different.
.Darla: Girls get along with each other!^ Darla : Girls get along with each other!
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.Spanky: Boys stand up for themselves!^ Spanky : Boys stand up for themselves!
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Darla: Girls care!
.Spanky: Boys take what's theirs!^ Spanky : Boys take what's theirs!
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.Jane: Boys won't listen!^ Jane : Boys won't listen!
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.Froggy: All they want to do is talk!^ Froggy : All they want to do is talk!
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^ They want to keep the target captivated at all times.

Twins: They like to moon ya!
.Buckwheat: No, we don't!^ Buckwheat: No, we don't!
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^ Full Synopsis Don't Lie Release: 1942 "Our Gang" member Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas has told so many lies that no one...
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.Buckwheat: Giggling and gossiping!^ Buckwheat : Giggling and gossiping!
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.Maryanne: Fighting and farting!^ Maryanne : Fighting and farting!
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.Porky: Barbies and bracelets.^ Porky : Barbies and bracelets.
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.Twins: Boogers and bugs!^ Twins : Boogers and bugs!
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.Stymie: Ice skating!^ Stymie : Ice skating!
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.Jane: Bungee jumping!^ Jane : Bungee jumping!
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.Froggy: Synchronized swimming!^ Froggy : Synchronized swimming!
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.Butch and Woim: Yeah!^ Butch and Woim : Yeah!
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

Butch: The Blur belongs to Butch
Woim: and Woim!

.Spanky: You not ones stole our racer!^ Spanky : You not ones stole our racer!
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ You are INVITED to display your wonderful capture in our Pool and AWARD ONE (1) of your fellow Artists!!!
  • May we proudly present: Our "Gang of Four" on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Full Synopsis Three Smart Boys Release: 1937 The "Three Smart Boys" in this one-reel "Our Gang" comedy are Spanky McFarland,...
  • Our Gang (1926) - Synopsis - MSN Movies 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC movies.msn.com [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang Follies of 1938 (1937) - Synopsis - MSN Movies 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC movies.msn.com [Source type: General]

.Butch: Finders keepers, losers suck!^ Butch : Finders keepers, losers suck!
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  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

Alfalfa Ah! Bite me!

[from the outtakes]
Waldo: What an idiot!

Porky: Women make men miserable!

[from the outtakes]
Uh Huh: What a relief!

.Darla: Alfalfa, this is a side of you I never saw before!^ Darla: Oh, I hate you, Alfalfa.
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ Darla: Alfalfa, this is a side of you I never saw before!
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  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ GOVERNOR: Well, first of all, let me just say what you see today has never happened before.
  • Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Initiative to Combat Gang Violence 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC gov.ca.gov [Source type: Original source]


.Darla: This tastes like somebody poured it through an old boot!^ Darla: This tastes like somebody poured it through an old boot!
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.Froggy: Actually, it's a sneaker!^ Froggy: Actually, it's a sneaker!
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.Stymie: Porky, you sure know how to make a sand-wich!^ How do you know which gang(s) posted it?
  • Ask Anything: 10 questions with Raleigh police Capt. Andy Nichol, gang & robbery units :: WRAL.com 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.wral.com [Source type: General]

^ Stymie: Porky, you sure know how to make a sand-wich!
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ (Just so you know, it'll take a few minutes to make those updates.
  • Our Gang on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • May we proudly present: Our "Gang of Four" on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Porky: That wasn't sand, that was cat litter.^ Porky: That wasn't sand, that was cat litter.
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.Buckwheat: Don't worry, it's pretty fresh!^ Buckwheat: Don't worry, it's pretty fresh!
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]
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.Waldo:You'll be hearing from my lawer!^ Waldo: You'll be hearing from my lawer!
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ I’ll love you’all with all the madness in my soul.
  • What Bruce Springsteen Means to Our Gang | Bear On Business 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC bearonbusiness.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


Uh huh:Actually, I've always had a rather extensive vocabulary, not to mention a phenomenal grasp of grammar and a superlative command of syntax. .I simply chose not to employ them.^ I simply chose not to employ them.
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]
  • Our Gang - Wikiquote 12 January 2010 3:25 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

Petey: (grunting)
Kids: Oh tay! (laughing)

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