[8] Portions of Spanky's screen test are included in a 1932 Our Gang entry, Spanky. Related Videos . The children launch several counter-attacks against Bumbo, and after additional damage is done to the house Bumbo retires to a bedroom. George McFarland (October 2, 1928 – June 30, 1993) was an American actor most famous for his appearances as a child as Spanky in the Our Gang series of short-subject comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. McFarland was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 2, 1928, to Virginia Winifred (née Phillips) and Robert Emmett McFarland. "), and heads upstairs. Following the 1938 Our Gang short Came the Brawn, McFarland "retired" from Our Gang, beginning a personal appearance tour. Upon his return to civilian life, indelibly typecast in the public's mind as "Spanky" from Our Gang, he found himself unable to find work in show business. In January 1994, McFarland posthumously joined fellow alumnus Jackie Cooper to become one of only two Our Gang members to receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. As a kid I had everything I wanted, we had a good life but when it was over...it was over. Length: 95 minutes Producer: Michael King and Bill Oakes Director: Penelope Spheeris Photography: Richard Bowen Editor: Ross Albert and Peter Tescher Music: William Ross Titles: None Writer: Penelope Spheeris, Robert Wolterstorff, Michael Scott, Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur Released: August 5, 1994 Studio: Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures Distributor:Universal Studios Home Entertainment [8], In 1952, at age 24, McFarland joined the United States Air Force. The now drunk and knife-wielding Bumbo resumes chasing the children, demolishing much of the home's furniture, and repeatedly shouting "Eat-Em-Up, Eat-Em-Up". Little Rascals: Is Uncle George really WILD ? The term "a spanky child" was late-19th- to early-20th-century slang for an intelligent, gifted toddler. Spanky was adorable and way ahead of his years and I have to say he was my favorite, even though I loved them all. Use of the "Spanky" name by McFarland for subsequent business or personal activities was expressly granted to McFarland in one of his studio contracts. It was on every day after school and during the day whenever you were home sick or playing hooky. The Our Gang shorts were later syndicated to television as The Little Rascals. Blake got his break at 9 years old when he began playing Mickey in Our Gang, after replacing Porky. The Good Old Days (The Little Rascals Theme Song) Written by Leroy Shield (as LeRoy Shields) Orchestrated and Arranged by William Ross; You Are So Beautiful Written by Dennis Wilson, Bruce Fisher, and Billy Preston Performed by Bug Hall; L-O-V-E Written by Bert Kaempfert and Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler) Performed by Blake McIver Ewing and Brittany Ashton Holmes According to OUR GANG – LIFE AND TIMES OF THE LITTLE RASCALS by MALTIN AND BANN, ... Spanky was played by George McFarland who went on to become a Forth Worth, Texas businessman before his death of a heart attack in 1993. The case was eventually settled, and the owner changed the name to Checker's Bar, which would later become an LGBTQ nightclub. 4 Comments. 09/02/2011 “The Talk of the Town” Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. ! It was great to see them all again after all these years. The kids' Uncle George is in town, having brought with him a wild man from Borneo. His scene-stealing abilities brought him more attention, and by 1935 he was the de facto leader of the gang, often paired with Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, and always the enterprising "idea man". His final television performance was in 1993, playing himself in the cold open of the Cheers episode "Woody Gets An Election".[12]. Scotty (1934 to 1935) Tommy Bond. The wild man happens to love candy; he calls it "yum yum, eat em up!" Coogan appeared with then-wife Betty Grable in College Swing, a 1938 musical comedy starring He also appeared as a child actor in the Red Ryder film franchise. [11] During the 1990s, after his self-described "semi-retirement", Spanky lent his name and celebrity to help raise money for charities, primarily by participating in golf tournaments. He was pronounced dead within 40 minutes of being admitted, at age 64. Spanky is the main Rascal in this one, but Stymie has the funniest bits. As with most of the televised Little Rascals shorts, I saw this many times as a kid (I’m so old, they hadn’t yet removed it from the package). "Bumbo" played by John Lester George Find this Pin and more on Our Gang - The Little Rascalsby D Sobobro. Initially believing the occupant of the bed is the real Uncle George, she screams upon discovering instead the primitive tribesman Bumbo, and is so frightened she jumps out of the second-story window. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Kid_from_Borneo&oldid=960747254, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 June 2020, at 17:53. He also appeared in: "Spanky" redirects here. Do Not Disturb — Doris Day Rod Taylor. And Spanky. This one is as un-PC as they come, but it is quite possibly the funniest Little Rascals short ever made. George 'Spanky' McFarland was born on October 2, 1928 in Dallas, Texas, USA as George Robert ... Born: October 2, 1928 ... [on his years with the Little Rascals] I wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience...and I wouldn't take a penny to do it again. Spanky McFarland's only starring feature-film role was in the 1936 Hal Roach film General Spanky, an unsuccessful attempt to move the Our Gang series into features. Dickie, Dorothy and Spanky’s Uncle George has come to town, with his traveling show featuring “The Wild Man from Borneo.” Mom loves her brother, … McFarland appeared as "Spanky" in 95 Our Gang films between 1932 and 1942. The Rascals spend most of the short running away from “The Wild Man of Borneo,” who likes candy and who growls “Yum yum, eat ‘em up!” whenever he sees food. Expecting to find Uncle George he encounters instead Bumbo, who shortly thereafter throws the father out the window with apparently little effort. He was later found liable for her wrongful death by a … McFarland claimed that "Spanky's" bar on East 7th Street used his name and face for thirteen years without permission. The nickname "Spanky" is erroneously said to have arisen from warnings by his mother not to misbehave during one of the initial discussions with Hal Roach in his office. The kids' father refuses to let the real Uncle George come over, so their mother has the kids visit him at the show's location. The children arrive at the show, where a worker tells them that Uncle George will be right back. The kids take this news literally and assume that the wild man that their uncle George is road showing is really their uncle George. [citation needed], After that stint, he continued at odd jobs: selling wine, operating a restaurant and night club, and selling appliances, electronics, and furniture. [6][7] He had three siblings: Thomas ("Tommy", who appeared in a few Our Gang episodes as "Dynamite"), Amanda, and Roderick ("Rod"). Dickie, Dorothy and Spanky's Uncle George is in town. His earliest films show him as an outspoken toddler, grumpily going along with the rest of the gang. And….ok all of them. In the animated series, Darla appeared and spoke in all 35 of the 11-minute segments, but onl… During this time, McFarland continued to make personal appearances and cameo roles in films and television, including an appearance on The Mike Douglas Show with Darla Hood and William "Buckwheat" Thomas. Spanky was an example of such a child in his earliest movies—a toddler who could act—so the name had meaning to the movie-going audience of that era that was lost for later generations. The kids' father refuses to let the real Uncle George come over, so their mother has the kids visit him at the show's location. Nothing brings back childhood like The LIttle Rascals. He appeared in the Little Rascals series from 1934-35. In an effort to take the candy, Bumbo chases the children (who are now convinced that "Uncle George" is indeed a cannibal) back to their house. Their mother explains to the kids that Uncle George is the black sheep of the family. Froggy (1940 to 1944) Scotty Beckett. Our Gang (also known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach's Rascals) is an American series of comedy short films chronicling a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures. Topper Cary Grant movie. He also appeared as a juvenile performer in many non-Roach feature films, including the Wheeler & Woolsey comedy Kentucky Kernels and two Fritz Lang features of the 1940s. When Dickie and the gang go to visit George, the wild man sees some candy that Stymie has, making him chase them for some with the kids thinking he wants to eat them! [8] Station executives prevented McFarland from developing and expanding the show's format, and by 1960 McFarland had quit the show. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Even after his tenure on Our Gang ended, Beard found work as an actor, landing minor roles in a few films and television shows alongside stars like Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. The lawsuit also called for McFarland to receive all of the internal merchandise and equipment featuring his likeness. The kids mistake "the Wild Man from Borneo" for "Uncle George" and some of the lines and actions that follow are priceless. Before joining the Our Gang comedies, "Sonny", as he was called by his family, modeled children's clothing for a Dallas department store and was also seen around the Dallas area on highway billboards and in print advertisements for Wonder Bread. [8] He also traveled the country doing speaking engagements and lectures about his movie roles and his days on The Little Rascals. Buckwheat was always my favorite. If you ever had a crush on your elementary school teacher, then you could easily identify with the plight of the Little Rascals kids who interacted with June Marlowe’s Miss Crabtree. McFarland was in his bedroom in Keller, Texas, getting dressed on June 30, 1993, when he suddenly collapsed. The Our Gang shorts were later syndicated to television as The Little Rascals. little rascals 85 GIFs. Uncle George says "Yum yum, eat 'em up, yum yum!" The young actor played a cunning young con artist on The Little Rascals, always quick with a clever scheme to get the gang out of (or into) trouble. After he left the show, he got regular child acting gigs and even found consistent work as a young adult. [13] A cenotaph for McFarland to be placed at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas, has been approved, but according to the cemetery's website, has yet to be installed.[14]. This would never be made today and I am surprised that it was made back then. Their mother explains to the kids that Uncle George is the black sheep of the family. With Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Tommy Bond, Dorothy DeBorba, Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins. The gang goes to a circus sideshow to visit Dickie and Spanky's uncle, mistakenly believing he is "The Wild Man from Borneo." This established Sonny early on in the local public's eye as an adorable child model and provided experience before cameras. The dad rolls up his sleeves, vows to punch "Uncle George" in the head (to which Stymie replies, "Oh Yeah?! Robert Blake was found innocent by a jury of the charges of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. Sixties folk-rock group Spanky and Our Gang named themselves after McFarland's character because singer Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane's surname was similar to his. He played the best friend of another show favorite named George “Spanky” McFarland. William “Billie” Thomas, Jr. (March 12, 1931 – October 10, 1980) was an American child actor best remembered for portraying the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang ( Search, discover and share your favorite Little Rascals GIFs. Once there, Bumbo repeatedly says “Yumm, yumm, Eat-Em-Up!” while chasing the kids throughout the house. As an adult this is hilarious. Uncle George manages a show called "Wild Man from Borneo", featuring a tribally-attired man with the mentality of a seven-year-old child. They mistake Bumbo, the Wild Man from Borneo, for their Uncle George. The kids, however, think that the wild man is their Uncle George, and the wild man is basically a grown child who is pacified by candy, which he calls "yum yum eat 'em up." While in the kitchen with Spanky, Bumbo consumes everything in the refrigerator (including an unopened can of sardines, metal opener and all) and a gallon of wine. Directed by Robert F. McGowan. 0:03. 08/25/2013. Spanky then blasts Bumbo out the same window with a Roman candle shot to the rear. The Little Rascals (TV Series 1955) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. But, kind of scary when you are 4 or 5. [10][failed verification] In mid-1938, Hal Roach sold the Our Gang unit to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who began casting for a new "team leader" character in Spanky's vein and ended up rehiring McFarland himself. In January 1931, in response to a trade magazine advertisement from Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California, requesting photographs of "cute kids", Spanky's Aunt Dottie (Virginia's sister) sent pictures from Sonny's portfolio. The kids, however, think that the wild man is their Uncle George, and the wild man is basically a grown child who is pacified by candy, which he calls ""yum yum eat 'em up."" He remained in the MGM Our Gang productions until his final appearance in the series Unexpected Riches in 1942, at age fourteen. As the mother arrives and asks Spanky where "Uncle George" is, she is directed to the upstairs bedroom. 01/04/2012. The best GIFs are on GIPHY. For other uses, see, George Robert Phillips McFarland or George Emmett McFarland. Trademark. When the father comes home soon after, Dickie says "Uncle George is upstairs." It was believed that McFarland had died of "a heart attack or an aneurysm"; his remains were cremated shortly thereafter. He later became Spanky’s best friend and graduated to the leader of the group. Created by comedy producer and studio executive Hal Roach, the series was produced in various forms from 1922 to 1944 and is noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way. In 1990, McFarland filed a $100,000.00 lawsuit against a bar owner in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Paramedics tried to revive him for approximately 30 minutes before transporting him to Baylor University Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas. As the children attempt to talk with "Uncle George" and speculate that he might be a cannibal, Bumbo spots Stymie's candy and shouts "Yumm Yumm Eat-Em-Up, Eat-Em-Up!" Billy Laughlin. This version of the character appears to be six years old in the animated series, which was her real age when she appeared in the final Our Gang theatrical short produced by Hal Roach, "Hide and Shriek." And your dad occasionally references "Uncle George" to mess with you and the siblings right before bed. Despite being taller than Buckwheat, Darla may be the second youngest regular character in the animated series, ahead of Porky. Uncle George manages a show called "Wild Man from Borneo", featuring a tribally-attired man with the mentality of a seven-year-old child. 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In later years some family members would affectionately refer to him as "Spank". Little Rascals Season show reviews & Metacritic score: The gang is staging a production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in the barn. An invitation for a screen test arrived that spring, leading to his acting career. It was produced and directed by Robert F. McGowan for Hal Roach, and was originally released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on April 15, 1933. [1] It was the 122nd (34th talking episode) Our Gang short that was released. He attended Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Texas. Microfiche. The Little Rascals — Spanky George MacFarland. Nice little collection of old rascals vids but final video is very old and silent and is a story involving a chimpanzee, and there are a few scenes of what these day's we'd consider to be abusive including two chimps fighting. McFarland contradicted the tale, saying that the name was given by a Los Angeles newspaper reporter. Tommy (1933 to 1934) - later as Butch (1937 to 1940) Allen Hoskins. Reply. AWESOME !!! Today this would not be tolerated in a film for entertainment and may disturb young kids and sensitive souls. Oct 4, 2020 - Explore Zella Dunn's board "Our Gang/Little Rascals" on Pinterest. 08/17/2013. But, one of my favourite episodes of The Little Rascals. Dickie, Dorothy and Spanky's Uncle George is in town. Joe's mother makes him clean the yard, until Mickey gets the … RoeH on 01/15/2012 at 12:12 am I love the rascals! Spanky also had his own namesake charity golf classic for 16 years, held in Marion, Indiana. [8], Upon being discovered at age three, he instantly became a key member of the Our Gang children's comedy movie series and one of Hollywood's stars. … He took less glamorous jobs, including work at a soft drink plant, a hamburger stand, and a popsicle factory. The Kid from Borneo is a comedy short subject; part of the Our Gang (Little Rascals) series. Dad doesn't want him near the house, but Mom sends Dickie, Dorothy and Spanky (joined by the gang) to visit him at his sideshow tent. [8] Switzer's character became as much of a scene-stealer as the young McFarland was, and the two boys' fathers fought constantly over screen time and star billing for their children.[9]. Catchphrases: "Okey-dokey!" He also attended the University of Southern California but dropped out because it was too difficult to juggle an acting career and classes. And Alfalfa. Dad doesn't want him near the house, but Mom sends Dickie, Dorothy and Spanky (joined by the gang) to visit him at his sideshow tent. As general manager, McFarland helped launch the classic movie channel The Nostalgia Channel in 1985. [15]. See more ideas about rascal, child actors, gang. Name: Michael "Mickey" (Gubitosi) (Blake) Nickname: None Played By: Robert Blake Born: 1933 Relatives: Father, Mary (mother), Bill Henry (stepfather), George (uncle), two sisters, two half-sisters, Clubs: One For All And All For One Club, 1-2-3-Go Safety Society First Short: Joy Scouts Last Short: Tale Of A Dog In the mid-1950s, when the Our Gang comedies were sweeping the nation on TV, McFarland hosted an afternoon children's show, The Spanky Show, on KOTV television in Tulsa, Oklahoma.