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shorts that Hal Roach produced between 1922 and 1944. Roach’s approach was to make films featuring kids being kids, full of fun and spontaneity, not films full of precocious children acting like adults. With the advent of television, the Our Gang shorts (shown under the name The Little Rascals became standard after-school viewing fare for generation after generation of youngsters.
Our Gang cast and personnel
Several classic short films such as “Our Gang in The Kid from Borneo” – in which the gang mistakenly thinks circus act escapee “Bumbo the Wild Man” (who’s black) is the uncle of young George “Spanky” McFarland (who is white) – were removed from programming.
Our Gang, the trademark name of MGM before Roach studios titled it the Little Rascals, first production was at the Roach studio was in 1922 as a silent short subject series.
Ernest Morrison, better known under his stage name of Sunshine Sammy, was the first African American actor to be signed to a long-term contract, signing with Hal Roach in 1919. When Roach conceived of his Our Gang series, Sammy was the first child recruited in 1921. Morrison left the series in 1924 to work in vaudeville.
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The series went through a few name changes too since its inception. It was also known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach’s Rascals. In 1955 the shorts were packaged under the name Little Rascals for television syndication. In 1963 Hal Roach Studios sold the rights to Charles King who used the profits from a new TV deal to form King World Productions, one of the largest syndicators in television history.
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Our Gang also known as The Little Rascals started as a series of short silent comedies starring everyday kids in the 1920s. Though the original series ended twenty years later, the idea of The Little Rascals soldiered on, following television into the first talkies and color pictures. The last adaptation was well into the ‘90s.
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There they were, big names among Little Rascals: Wheezer, Stymie and Spanky, along with lesser known Sherwood, (third from left), Kendall and Dorothy (second and third from right), clothes pressed and antics still long enough to gaze with well-behaved awe at Number One Himself, George Washington for his Birthday Bicentennial, February 22, 1932.