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OT: Extant members of Our Gang/The Little Rascals -- over 40 names !!!
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That Derek
2020-07-30 22:23:35 UTC
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Primary sources: Wikipedia and IMDb.

Yes, there is a major difference between Our Gang "members" and child actors appearing in Our Gang shorts. That's why the following lists the names of the "biggies" who are rendered in CAPITAL LETTERS (I learned this dynamic from frequent AO-er David Carson). These "biggies" are comprised of major players, kids who had prominent and/or memorable roles in certain films, and others who achieved prominence outside of the Our Gang series.

This list is, by no means, complete or absolute. I used the Leonard Maltin/Richard Bann book "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang" for the cast listings as a framework and tended to use IMDb when a large cast (usually musical) episodes arose.

- Lavonne Battle (born 03/20/1929): dancer, 1940’s Waldo’s Last Stand, 1942’s Melodies Old and New
- Betty Jane Beard (12/19/1927): 1929-30, When the Wind Blows; Moan and Groan, Inc. [sister of primary player Matthew “Stymie” Beard]
- Eileen Bernstein (??/??/1929): 1934-35, three entries including Shrimps for a Day
- ROBERT BLAKE/MICKEY GUBITOSI (09/18/1933): 1939-44, MGM series, major player
- Grace Bohanon (10/14/1929): 1938-39, four MGM entries including The Little Ranger
- Therese Bonner (07/05/1931): 1935’s Our Gang Follies of 1936, unspecified role
- Marilyn Bourne (02/01/1930): 1934’s Mama’s Little Pirate, as blonde girl Gang member
- Frances Bowling (01/22/1931): 1937’s Our Gang Follies of 1938 (as opening number sweater girl)
- Sheila Brown (06/29/1929): 1938’s Three Men in a Tub; 1942’s Memories Old and New
- Patsy Currier (11/04/1930),: 1937-40, three entries including Came the Brawn
- Dix Davis (09/12/1926): 1935-38, four entries including The Pigskin Palooka, as opposing football team player [actor, Our Town, 1940 film version]
- Clyde Demback (08/08/1934): as “Fatty,” 1942’s Rover’s Big Chance, Going to Press
- REX DOWNING (04/25/1925): 1935-1939, nine entries including feature-length General Spanky [portrayed younger version of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights]
- Eddie Ehrhart (12/27/1933): 1942’s Melodies Old and New, as a violinist
- Robert Ferrero (12/17/1930); 1943, MGM entries Election Daze, Little Miss Pinkerton
- Betsy Gay (02/02/1929): 1936-38, four entries, usually music-themed films including The Pinch Singer (Broadway Melody number)
- Teresa Mae Glass (11/13/1936): 1941’s Come Back, Miss Pipps
- Barbara Goodrich (09/23/1927): 1934-37, nine entries including Shrimps for A Day
- Dickie Hall (09/15/1934): 1943-44. MGMs including final entry Tale of a Dog
- DARRYL HICKMAN (07/28/1931): pivotal role, 1942’s Going to Press [prominent 1940s juvenile film character actor]
- DWAYNE HICKMAN (05/18/1934): 1942’s Melodies Old and New [future TV star, Dobie Gillis]
- Payne Johnson (06/02/1930): 1937-39, six films including The Pigskin Palooka
- MARGARET KERRY/PEGGY LYNCH (05/11/1929): 1935-38, 3 films including The Pinch Singer [TV actress (The Ruggles; The New 3 Stooges, live segments); cartoon voice actress (Clutch Cargo); Disney animation model (Peter Pan’s Tinkerbelle)]
- SIDNEY KIBRICK (07/02/1928): 1933-39, 25 films primarily as Butch’s bully sidekick The Woim
- MILDRED KORNMAN (07/10/1925): 1926-35, secondary player, silent and talkies [younger sister of primary silent player Mary Kornman]
- GEORGIA JEAN La RUE (03/14/1928): 1937, two pivotal musical roles as Ethel Merman-esque singer (Reunion in Rhythm, Going Hollywood number; Our Gang Follies of 1938, That Foolish Feeling)
- Joseph “Jo Jo” La Savio (07/02/1932): 1939-40, three MGM entries including All About Hash
- Harry Lowe Jr. (03/12/1931): 1934’s Washee Ironee, as Asian kid in laundromat
- LEONA MacDOWELL (02/17/1930): 1934’s Mike Fright, singing Jimmy Got a Nickel [uncredited role in Gone With The Wind]
- Gerald Mackey (12/24/1930): 1939, two MGM entries (Clown Princes. Time Out for Lessons)
- Edward Marazone (10/01/1937): 1939’s Tiny Troubles, as Alfalfa’s little brother
- Elaine Merk (12/19/1930), 1937, dancer, Reunion in Rhythm, Rushin’ Ballet [uncredited Munchkin, The Wizard of Oz]
- BILLY MINDY/MINDERHAUT (02/26/1931:1935-38, nine films including The Pinch Singer (as a reciter) and Aladdin’s Lantern (as the Genie)
- Priscilla Montgomery (07/19/1929), 1937-41, four musical-themed entries including 1937’s Our Gang Follies of 1938 (as opening number sweater girl) [uncredited Munchkin child, The Wizard of Oz]
- Patsy Northrup (04/15/1930): 1935’s Our Gang Follies of 1936, as a hula dancer
- JUNE PRESTON (12/29/1928): 1935-44, eleven films, usually music-themed entries including Our Gang Follies of 1936/1938 [became a Metropolitan opera singer]
- Paul Rodriguez (11/15/1931): 1934’s Mama’s Little Pirate, as baby wearing oversized baby bonnet [definitely not the latter-day comedian of the same name]
- BETTA ST. JOHN (11/26/1929): 1940 one-shot, under real name Betty Jean Striegler, Waldo’s Last Stand [actress Broadway original cast: South Pacific; films Destry Rides Again, Dream Wife, The Law vs. Billy the Kid, The Student Prince, High Tide at Noon]
- Donnie Smith (09/17/1924): 1928-29, four silent entries usually as Wheezer’s brother “Beezer”
- EDWARD SOO HOO/LEE WONG (04/14/1932): key role, 1941’s Baby Blues
- Nora Rita Stein (10/20/1932): 1937’s Our Gang Follies of 1938 (as opening number sweater girl)
- Eleanor Taylor (11/26/1935): 1943 MGM entries Calling All Kids, Three Smart Guys
- Patsy Anne Thompson (04/22/1929): tap dancer, Waldo’s Last Stand
- Leon Tyler (06/16/1932); 1941 MGM entries Helping Hands (as Swedish kid), Come Back, Miss Pipps
- Gloria White (??/??/1927): 1934’s Mike Fright, as a performer
- Joe White (08/05/1936):1937’s Roamin’ Holiday as one of Alfalfa’s younger twin brothers
- Tom White (08/05/1936:1937’s Roamin’ Holiday as one of Alfalfa’s younger twin brothers
- CLYDE WILLSON (05/07/1935): 1939-40, three early MGM musical-themed entries including Waldo’s Last Stand (as young Marjoe Gortner look-alike who won’t get off the stage)
TeddyKGB
2020-08-01 04:00:29 UTC
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Post by That Derek
Primary sources: Wikipedia and IMDb.
Yes, there is a major difference between Our Gang "members" and child actors appearing in Our Gang shorts. That's why the following lists the names of the "biggies" who are rendered in CAPITAL LETTERS (I learned this dynamic from frequent AO-er David Carson). These "biggies" are comprised of major players, kids who had prominent and/or memorable roles in certain films, and others who achieved prominence outside of the Our Gang series.
This list is, by no means, complete or absolute. I used the Leonard Maltin/Richard Bann book "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang" for the cast listings as a framework and tended to use IMDb when a large cast (usually musical) episodes arose.
- Lavonne Battle (born 03/20/1929): dancer, 1940’s Waldo’s Last Stand, 1942’s Melodies Old and New
- Betty Jane Beard (12/19/1927): 1929-30, When the Wind Blows; Moan and Groan, Inc. [sister of primary player Matthew “Stymie” Beard]
- Eileen Bernstein (??/??/1929): 1934-35, three entries including Shrimps for a Day
- ROBERT BLAKE/MICKEY GUBITOSI (09/18/1933): 1939-44, MGM series, major player
- Grace Bohanon (10/14/1929): 1938-39, four MGM entries including The Little Ranger
- Therese Bonner (07/05/1931): 1935’s Our Gang Follies of 1936, unspecified role
- Marilyn Bourne (02/01/1930): 1934’s Mama’s Little Pirate, as blonde girl Gang member
- Frances Bowling (01/22/1931): 1937’s Our Gang Follies of 1938 (as opening number sweater girl)
- Sheila Brown (06/29/1929): 1938’s Three Men in a Tub; 1942’s Memories Old and New
- Patsy Currier (11/04/1930),: 1937-40, three entries including Came the Brawn
- Dix Davis (09/12/1926): 1935-38, four entries including The Pigskin Palooka, as opposing football team player [actor, Our Town, 1940 film version]
- Clyde Demback (08/08/1934): as “Fatty,” 1942’s Rover’s Big Chance, Going to Press
- REX DOWNING (04/25/1925): 1935-1939, nine entries including feature-length General Spanky [portrayed younger version of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights]
- Eddie Ehrhart (12/27/1933): 1942’s Melodies Old and New, as a violinist
- Robert Ferrero (12/17/1930); 1943, MGM entries Election Daze, Little Miss Pinkerton
- Betsy Gay (02/02/1929): 1936-38, four entries, usually music-themed films including The Pinch Singer (Broadway Melody number)
- Teresa Mae Glass (11/13/1936): 1941’s Come Back, Miss Pipps
- Barbara Goodrich (09/23/1927): 1934-37, nine entries including Shrimps for A Day
- Dickie Hall (09/15/1934): 1943-44. MGMs including final entry Tale of a Dog
- DARRYL HICKMAN (07/28/1931): pivotal role, 1942’s Going to Press [prominent 1940s juvenile film character actor]
- DWAYNE HICKMAN (05/18/1934): 1942’s Melodies Old and New [future TV star, Dobie Gillis]
- Payne Johnson (06/02/1930): 1937-39, six films including The Pigskin Palooka
- MARGARET KERRY/PEGGY LYNCH (05/11/1929): 1935-38, 3 films including The Pinch Singer [TV actress (The Ruggles; The New 3 Stooges, live segments); cartoon voice actress (Clutch Cargo); Disney animation model (Peter Pan’s Tinkerbelle)]
- SIDNEY KIBRICK (07/02/1928): 1933-39, 25 films primarily as Butch’s bully sidekick The Woim
- MILDRED KORNMAN (07/10/1925): 1926-35, secondary player, silent and talkies [younger sister of primary silent player Mary Kornman]
- GEORGIA JEAN La RUE (03/14/1928): 1937, two pivotal musical roles as Ethel Merman-esque singer (Reunion in Rhythm, Going Hollywood number; Our Gang Follies of 1938, That Foolish Feeling)
- Joseph “Jo Jo” La Savio (07/02/1932): 1939-40, three MGM entries including All About Hash
- Harry Lowe Jr. (03/12/1931): 1934’s Washee Ironee, as Asian kid in laundromat
- LEONA MacDOWELL (02/17/1930): 1934’s Mike Fright, singing Jimmy Got a Nickel [uncredited role in Gone With The Wind]
- Gerald Mackey (12/24/1930): 1939, two MGM entries (Clown Princes. Time Out for Lessons)
- Edward Marazone (10/01/1937): 1939’s Tiny Troubles, as Alfalfa’s little brother
- Elaine Merk (12/19/1930), 1937, dancer, Reunion in Rhythm, Rushin’ Ballet [uncredited Munchkin, The Wizard of Oz]
- BILLY MINDY/MINDERHAUT (02/26/1931:1935-38, nine films including The Pinch Singer (as a reciter) and Aladdin’s Lantern (as the Genie)
- Priscilla Montgomery (07/19/1929), 1937-41, four musical-themed entries including 1937’s Our Gang Follies of 1938 (as opening number sweater girl) [uncredited Munchkin child, The Wizard of Oz]
- Patsy Northrup (04/15/1930): 1935’s Our Gang Follies of 1936, as a hula dancer
- JUNE PRESTON (12/29/1928): 1935-44, eleven films, usually music-themed entries including Our Gang Follies of 1936/1938 [became a Metropolitan opera singer]
- Paul Rodriguez (11/15/1931): 1934’s Mama’s Little Pirate, as baby wearing oversized baby bonnet [definitely not the latter-day comedian of the same name]
- BETTA ST. JOHN (11/26/1929): 1940 one-shot, under real name Betty Jean Striegler, Waldo’s Last Stand [actress Broadway original cast: South Pacific; films Destry Rides Again, Dream Wife, The Law vs. Billy the Kid, The Student Prince, High Tide at Noon]
- Donnie Smith (09/17/1924): 1928-29, four silent entries usually as Wheezer’s brother “Beezer”
- EDWARD SOO HOO/LEE WONG (04/14/1932): key role, 1941’s Baby Blues
- Nora Rita Stein (10/20/1932): 1937’s Our Gang Follies of 1938 (as opening number sweater girl)
- Eleanor Taylor (11/26/1935): 1943 MGM entries Calling All Kids, Three Smart Guys
- Patsy Anne Thompson (04/22/1929): tap dancer, Waldo’s Last Stand
- Leon Tyler (06/16/1932); 1941 MGM entries Helping Hands (as Swedish kid), Come Back, Miss Pipps
- Gloria White (??/??/1927): 1934’s Mike Fright, as a performer
- Joe White (08/05/1936):1937’s Roamin’ Holiday as one of Alfalfa’s younger twin brothers
- Tom White (08/05/1936:1937’s Roamin’ Holiday as one of Alfalfa’s younger twin brothers
- CLYDE WILLSON (05/07/1935): 1939-40, three early MGM musical-themed entries including Waldo’s Last Stand (as young Marjoe Gortner look-alike who won’t get off the stage)
So would recently on-topic Annie Ross, who is in an Our Gang episode singing Loch Lomond, fit into this list?
That Derek
2020-08-01 11:43:48 UTC
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?? So would recently on-topic Annie Ross, who is in an Our Gang episode singing Loch Lomond, fit into this list?

Annie Ross would have most definitely made the list if she hadn't died. The recent passings of Ms. Ross and nerdy girl Shirley "Muggsy" Coates were the inspiration for the research put into the printed list.
Nitelight62
2020-08-01 18:33:44 UTC
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There's Moe Szyslak, who played the tough kid, Smelly. His shtick was looking into an exhaust pipe and getting a faceful of soot. He was fired after he killed the original Alfalfa.
That Derek
2020-08-01 18:42:28 UTC
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Yes, and William Faulkner could write an exhaust pipe gag that would really make you think.
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