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Our Gang - Mary Kornman Pretty Mary Kornman was the first notable female star of the Our Gang comedies. When Hal Roach announced in 1922 his intention to produce a series of films starring ordinary kids, six-year-old Mary was suggested by her parents. (Mary's father was one of Roach's photographers.) The cute blonde replaced Peggy Cartwright as the most noteworthy female cast member. She appeared in more than 40 Our Gang shorts in the silent era, often as the heartthrob for smitten boys. This photo was taken in 1924 when Mary was nine. She was dropped from the troupe before her eleventh birthday in 1926 when she was judged to be too old--and was replaced as the lead female by Jean Darling. Mary's younger sister, Mildred, had several non-speaking roles in Our Gang movies from 1926 through 1935. Mary kept acting until 1940. One role had Mary playing the female lead opposite John Wayne in one of his early low-budget westerns. She returned to do two Our Gang shorts in the sound era. Mary appeared as herself, along with a few other Our Gang 'old-timers,' in Reunion in Rhythm (1937). She also played the role of the school teacher in 'Fish Hooky' (1933), which is considered one of the best Our Gang films. Mary died of cancer in 1973 at the age of 57.
Tags: Mary  Kornman  Our  Gang  cast 
Added: 27th November 2009
Views: 3326
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Classico on 2009-11-27 
This cutie grew up to be a real Hollywood beauty!
Posted by: Jedwgrn on 2009-11-28 
I didn't realize who she was until I looked her up. One of the best of the group. Perhaps not the best of the well known but a central character of the troupe.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-11-30 
Mary Kornman is likely unknown to a great many Our Gang fans who have never seen the silent films in the series. Apparently the silents were shown on television quite frequently in the 1950s. I don't recall ever seeing one when they started appearing on Canadian television in the 1970s.

It's been at least 20 years since I've seen an Our Gang/Little Rascals episode on television. I suspect the series is dated for a number of reasons: Many kids won't watch black-and-white TV programs anymore. Society has changed so that the idea of neighbourhood kids playing together in vacant lots, putting on shows, and getting into mischief all without parents lingering nearby are foreign concepts to today's kids. Sad to say I suspect the charm of the Our Gang comedies would be lost on a lot of kids nowadays.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-12-20 
I just watched Mary play the teacher in Fish Hooky (1933). She was quite a lovely young lady.
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