There may be a thread for this already (too lazy to check, quite honestly), but does anyone have a non-Our Gang film / TV / whatever appearance that any of the cast members made?
Spanky giving Wheeler & Woolsey a tough time in "Kentucky Kernels" (1934). This was the first of W&W's family friendly movies, following the enforcement of the Hays Code. No doubt Spanky's presence was partially a response to that. www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RM1Gvw4Amo
Alfalfa in PRC’s Gas House Kids series. These were obvious attempts at cashing in on the Dead End / East Side Kids series. The first movie even managed to rope ex-Dead Ender Billy Halop into the mix. Work was evidently really slow for Billy at the time, especially considering he was trying to break away from the Dead End Kid image. Also on board in film #1 is Our Gang bit player Rex Downing. Not a very interesting flick; the other two are a little more fun, though.
“Gas House Kids Go West” and “Gas House Kids in Hollywood” reunite Alfalfa with Tommy Bond. There also seems to be an attempt at reviving the Afalfa character, complete with the off-key singing (poor Carl). The rest of the group includes future Bowery Boy Benny Bartlett, as well as Rudy Wisler, who had previously acted as Scotty Beckett’s singing voice in “The Jolson Story.” “Go West” shares a few other behind the scenes names with Our Gang, including Robert McGowan (the other one) and Sam Baerwitz. “Gas House Kids in Hollywood” puts the former Rascals back into the hands of MGM director Edward Cahn. It wouldn’t surprise me if their involvement had something to do with the more blatant Our Gang callbacks.
One more for Max fans, a clip from the very funny “Dumb Daddies,” as seen in Robert Youngson’s “Laurel & Hardy’s Laughing 20’s”. Also featuring Edgar Kennedy and Pal the Dog. youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Da08ty7Ng
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She also turned up regularly on THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM, at least once participating in a send-up of the Rascals with Jack's cast playing the various kids: Jack was Alfalfa, Don Wilson was Spanky, Rochester was Buckwheat, etc.
Here's the Benny show Darla appeared in. I think she only did this one. She was a regular on The Ken Murray Show, though. Pretty fun appearance, though it's odd that she mentions having worked with Farina.
As always, Rochester steals the show. Jack/Alfie: Hey, Spot, would you like to be in the dog show? Rochester/Oatmeal: If he answers, I'm leaving!
Other films for some of the actors can be found on the individual actors' pages at the bottom under "Other Projects."
I think I made most of those 'multiple rascals' pages.
I've been putting together more comprehensive filmographies for my own website - assuming it ever gets off the ground. There are actually a handful of the kids' non-Our Gang titles that aren't listed on the IMDB, so it'll be neat to bring those out in the open.
Stymie plays a 'juvenile heavy' in this underrated all black film, "Broken Strings."