Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Little Rascals - Our Gang

Our Gang

unused, bought in 2010

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George McFarland (Spanky)
William Thomas (Buckwheat)
Gordon Lee (Porky)
Carl Switzer (Alfalfa)
Darla Hood (Darla)

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.

A total of 220 shorts and one feature film, General Spanky, were produced, featuring over forty-one child actors. In the mid-1950s, the 80 shorts with sound (they started out as silent shorts) were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals.

The series is noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way. 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. Such a thing had never been done before in cinema but was commonplace after the success of Our Gang.

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