The Little Rascals Volume 1 06/19/21
The ClassicFlix Restorations hits us with the first eleven Hal Roach ‘Our Gang’ short subjects (averaging 25 minutes each), starting with ‘Small Talk’ in 1929 and ending with ‘A Tough Winter’ in 1930. They’re all there, from Jackie Cooper, Allen ‘Farina’ Hoskins, Mary Ann Jackson, to kids given the PC-poison names ‘Wheezer’ and ‘Chubby.’ Director Robert F. McGowan worked with Charley Chase in preparation for these crazy pictures, and wrangled kids and fought off stage parents for over eighty partly improvised Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts spread over four years. Charlie Largent has the whole story. On Blu-ray from ClassicFlix.