Little Rascals, The

Talented troupe of young performers starring in a series of 221 movie shorts entitled The Our Gang Comedies produced by Hal Roach and M-G-M Studios from 1922-44.


When these films were later released to television in 1954, they were re-titled The Little Rascals (because the rights to the “Our Gang” title was acquired by M-G-M).

Over the twenty years of production, some 200 child actors starred in the “Our Gang” films. They included:

  • George “Spanky” McFarlandlittle-rascals-poster
  • Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer
  • Darla Hood
  • Matthew “Stymie” Beard
  • Allen “Farina” Hoskins
  • Mickey Gubitosi (later to be known as Robert Blake)
  • Billy “Buckwheat” Thomas
  • Darwood K. “Waldo” Smith
  • Baby Patsy
  • Jackie “Toughie” Davis
  • Walton “Wally” Albright Jr.
  • Dickie Moore
  • Eugene “Porky” Lee
  • “Froggy” Laughlin
  • Jackie Cooper
  • Chubby Chaney
  • Wheezer Hutchins
  • Mary Kornman
  • Dorothy “Echo” De Borba
  • Johnny Downs
  • Harry Spear
  • Mary Ann Jackson
  • Scotty Beckett
  •  Jean Darling
  • Jackie Condon
  • Tommy “Butch” Bond
  • Mickey Daniels
  • Jay R. Smith
  • Scooter Lowry
  • Janet Burston
  • Shirley Jean Richert
  • Eugene “Pineapple” Jackson
  • Mickey McQuire (a.k.a. “Mickey Rooney”)
  • Peggy Eames
  • John Beradino
  • Nanette Fabray
  • Sherwood Bailey
  • Richie Van
  • Joe “Wheezer” Cobb
  • Ernie “Sunshine Sammy” Morrison
  • And, of course, Petie the dog.

little-rascals-cartoonIn 1979, the NBC network produced the animated holiday THE LITTLE RASCALS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL featuring the voice work of Darla Hood and Matthew “Stymie” Beard. A few years later, the cartoon series THE LITTLE RASCALS/ABC/1982-84 continued the tales of these young children.

In 1994, the full length motion picture The Little Rascals debuted at theaters with Alfalfa wooing Darla while his “He-Man-Woman-Hating” friends attempt to sabotage the relationship.


The Little Rascals returned in The Little Rascals Save the Day (2014) as Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Petey the dog try to raise money to save their grandma’s bakery.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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