But where are Brittany Ashton Holmes and Bug Hall now? In the 1950s, home movie distributor Official Films released many of the Hal Roach talkies on 16 mm film. Darla and Alfalfa were the cutest couple in history. Under the supervision of Charley Chase, work began on the first two-reel shorts in the new "kids-and-pets" series, to be called Hal Roach's Rascals, later that year. The sound discs for Railroadin' had been lost since the 1940s, and a silent print was 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. The franchise began in 1922 as a series of silent short subjects produced by the Roach studio and released by Pathé Exchange.  Roach agreed, producing shorter, one-reel Our Gang comedies (ten minutes in length instead of twenty). In an interview on Tom Snyder's The Tomorrow Show in 1974, Matthew Beard said of his time in the series that "I feel it was great. Upon Dickie Moore'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. This was a second film loosely based on the series and featuring interpretations of classic Our Gang shorts, including Helping Grandma, Mike Fright, and Birthday Blues.  Early in existence of Our Gang, these theater owners complained to Pathé that Morisson and Hoskins had too much screen time and their prominence in the shorts would offend white audiences. See more ideas about darla hood, hood, comedy short films. “Alfie once put fish hooks in Spanky’s back pockets and poor Spanky had to have stitches placed on his tush,” she says.  Some of the silent Our Gangs (such as Mary, Queen of Tots and Thundering Fleas) resurfaced on TCM at this time with new music scores in stereo sound; these silent Pathé Our Gangs are now being syndicated by Mackinaw Media. The King World/CBS 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 hosting. ... Alfafa teve que disputar o coração de Darla com Waldo em "Os Batutinhas"  The MGM entries are considered by many film historians, and the Our Gang children themselves, to be lesser films than the Roach entries.  Directed by Gordon Douglas and Fred Newmeyer, General Spanky featured characters Spanky, Buckwheat, and Alfalfa in a sentimental, Shirley Temple-esque story set during the American Civil War. True Hollywood Story documentary entitled "The Curse of the Little Rascals". Initially, the music consisted of orchestral versions of then-popular tunes. Roach's The Little Rascals package (currently owned by CBS Television Distribution through King World Productions) and MGM's Our Gang package (currently owned by Turner Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros.) have since remained in syndication. Republic would release Little Rascals VHS volumes for retail purchase in non-comprehensive collections through the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s. Roach changed distributors from Pathé to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1927, and the series entered its most popular period after converting to sound in 1929. The girl was, in his opinion, overly made up and overly rehearsed, and Roach waited for the audition to be over.  Tommy Bond, Darwood Kaye, and Alfalfa Switzer all left the series in 1940, and Billy "Froggy" Laughlin (with his Popeye-esque trick voice) and Janet Burston were added to the cast. 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. The resident Spoiled Brat uses his money-fueled machine to take out Alfalfa's new MacGyvered car. The following is a listing of the primary child actors in the Our Gang comedies. Roach produced the final 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. That same year, Darla Hood, Patsy May, and Eugene Lee as Porky joined the gang. Starting in 1928, Our Gang comedies were distributed with phonographic discs that contained synchronized music-and-sound-effect tracks for the shorts. Matthew Beard, Wheezer Hutchins, and Dorothy DeBorba carried the series during this period, aided by Sherwood Bailey and Kendall McComas, who would play Breezy Brisbane Unlike the mid-1920s period, McGowan sustained the quality of the series with the help of the several regular cast members and the Roach writing staff. Along with Alfalfa, other popular characters included Spanky, Buckwheat and Darla. However, by 1934, many movie theater owners were increasingly dropping two-reel (20-minute) comedies like Our Gang and the Laurel & Hardy series from their bills and running double feature programs instead. The four black child actors who held main roles in the series were Ernie Morrison, Allen Hoskins, Matthew Beard and Billie Thomas. Like the television prints, Blackhawk's Little Rascals reissues featured custom title cards in place of the original Our Gang logos, per MGM's 1949 arrangement with Hal Roach not to distribute the series under its original title. 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