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The Our Gang Kids

"Even the big stars had to chase around and audition; it seemed like a rat race to me, with no security." - Billy Thomas (Buckwheat)

 “Even the big stars had to chase around and audition; it seemed like a rat race to me, with no security.”Billy Thomas, who played Buckwheat. Here he is posing with a photo of Clark Gable.

 

Our Gang "Stage Fright" (1923). Bizarre Los Angeles

Stage Fright (1923)

 

Jean Darling Our Gang“I went on vaudeville tours that kept me working and traveling day and night. I have the most fun when I entertained at orphanages. Then I was allowed to play with the orphans for half an hour. I was in every kind of show businesses but burlesque and the circus. I almost appeared in the circus once. A circus asked me to lead the parade one day. I wanted to do it more than anything, but my mother wouldn’t let me. She said the circus wouldn’t pay enough.” — Jean Darling, one of the silent Our Gang cast members.

 

“I had made one million dollars before I was 10, but I don’t know where it went. I had a mink coat and pretty clothes and lived in the best places, but I never got any of the money.” — Jean Darling

 

Jean Darling

“It took a long time for me to achieve happiness. I’m afraid it’s the same story with those other kids I appeared with in the ‘Our Gang’ comedies, and some of them never did.” — Jean Darling

 

 

"Joe Cobb was an enthusiastic kid and a kid that the other members of the Gang respected: cheerful, optimistic but reliable, dependable." -- Film historian Richard Bann (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Joe Cobb was an enthusiastic kid and a kid that the other members of the Gang respected: cheerful, optimistic but reliable, dependable.” — Film historian Richard Bann

Source: Los Angeles Times (2002)

 

Johnny Weissmuller Spanky McFarland

Johnny Weissmuller with Our Gang star George “Spanky” McFarland in the early 1930s. Photo taken at MGM.

 

 

Stymie Beard

“‘My pappy was a crap-shootin’ fool.’ That don’t rub me too good today.” — Stymie Beard

Source: 1981

 

One of the more bizarre images ever to come out of the MGM photo department. Left to right: John Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, Wallace Beery, Pete, Robert Montgomery, Lee Tracy and Clark Gable. At least, that’s my best guess. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

One of the more bizarre images ever to come out of the MGM photo department. Left to right: John BarrymoreLewis StoneJean HersholtWallace BeeryPeteRobert MontgomeryLee Tracy and Clark Gable.  The bodies, of course, are the Our Gang kids.

 

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