Our Gang: These Little Rascals Were Supposed To Be Real Kids Doing Real Things
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Our Gang (also known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach’s Rascals) is a series of American comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures. The series was created by comedy producer Hal Roach, was produced from 1922 to 1944 and is noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way, as Roach and original director Robert F. McGowan worked to film the unaffected, raw nuances apparent in regular children rather than have them imitate adult acting styles. The series broke new ground by portraying white and black boys and girls interacting as equals.
The franchise began in 1922 as a series of silent short subjects and the series entered its most popular period after converting to sound in 1929. In total, the Our Gang series includes 220 shorts and one feature film, General Spanky, and featured over 41 child actors. The Our Gang Roach-produced “talkies” were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals beginning in 1955. Roach’s The Little Rascals have since remained in syndication and new productions based on the shorts have been made over the years, including a 1994 feature film, Little Rascals, released by Universal Pictures.
We loved this beloved gang, but we definitely didn’t know everything behind them…
And check out the 1st episode. The silent before “talkies”
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(Sources: MeTV & Wikipedia)
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