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Our Gang - Jean Darling Jean Darling was one of the last Our Gang alumni to have any connection with the silent film era. Born Dorothy Jean LeVake in 1922, Darling got her big break at age four when she was accepted for a part in Hal Roach's Our Gang series. (By that time her name had been changed to Jean Darling.) Darling appeared in 35 Our Gang films. She essentially replaced Mary Kornman as the troupe's pretty blonde, a role she held through 1929. Darling's stint in the Our Gang cast ended at age seven, but she continued to appear in films, including an uncredited appearance in Laurel and Hardy's adaptation of Babes in Toyland (1934), and as the young Jane in Jane Eyre (1934). A round of stage and radio shows followed. Darling began to study singing. In 1940 she was given a scholarship by the New York Municipal Opera Association. She turned down an offer to play alongside Mickey Rooney in one of the MGM Andy Hardy movies. Instead, she went on Broadway, making her debut in the musical Count Me In in 1942. Darling's stage career hit its apex when she landed the role of Carrie Pipperidge in the original Broadway production of Carousel in 1945. She appeared in 850 consecutive performances of the play. Her role as Carrie helped her win parts for radio and TV in the 1950s. She hosted her own television show for NBC in New York City titled A Date with Jean Darling. Her daily TV show for women, The Singing Knit-Witch, aired on KHJ-TV in Hollywood. Later in life Darling began penning short mystery stories. She had more than 50 published. Darling resided in Ireland for many years, but died in Germany in 2015 at the age of 93.
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Added: 7th December 2009
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Our Gang - Mickey Daniels Mickey Daniels was the original freckle-faced kid in the silent Our Gang comedies. He was among the first children hired for the troupe by Hal Roach in 1922. His roles often had Mickey vying for the attentions of pretty Mary Kornman. After his Our Gang stint ended, Daniels continued acting. He often got movie roles as a newsboy, delivery boy, vendor, or telegram boy. Daniels made two Our Gang appearances as a young adult: He played a truant officer in Fish Hooky (one of the best Our Gang flicks) in 1933. His old flame, Mary Kornman, played the school teacher. He was also one of the returning Our Gang almuni in Reunion in Rhythm (1937). After appearing at several Our Gang cast reunions in the 1950s and 1960s, Daniels seemingly vanished. In 1991 researchers discovered Daniels had died from cirrhosis of the liver in 1970. He succumbed at a fleabag hotel in San Diego frequented by chronic alcoholics. Daniels was 55 at the time of his death. He is buried in an unmarked grave.
Tags: Mickey  Daniels  Our  Gang 
Added: 26th November 2009
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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
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Our Gang - Peggy Cartwright Canadian-born Peggy Cartwright was the first of the Our Gang leading ladies. As a 10-year-old she appeared in five Our Gang shorts when the series began in 1922. She was replaced by Mary Kornman (who is often wrongly called the first Our Gang leading female) shortly thereafter. Cartwright married William Walker, the black actor best known for his role as a minister in To Kill a Mockingbird. Cartwright died in 2001 at age 88. She was the last of the original 1922 Our Gang kids.
Tags: Our  Gang  Peggy  Cartwright 
Added: 21st December 2009
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Our Gang Cast Photo 1933 This is a terrific photograph of the Our Gang cast. It was taken in 1933 during the making of 'Fish Hooky.' This photo bridges the eras of the Our Gang troupe. Fish Hooky saw the return of Farina and Joe Cobb in brief cameo roles after a long absence. It is the last episode that Wheezer (third from the left) appears in, and it shows a very young Spanky McFarland at the far right. Fish Hooky is consisdered one of the best Our Gang shorts ever made. ('Old-timers' Mary Kornman and Mickey Daniels also appeared in the film as the school teacher and truant officer respectively, but alas, are not present in this still photo.)
Tags: Our  Gang  Fish  Hooky  cast  photo 
Added: 12th January 2010
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Our Gang Publicity Photo - 1926 This is a group shot of the main players from the Our Gang comedies, circa 1926. From left to right are Joe Cobb, Mickey Daniels, Jackie Condon, Mary Kornman, Johnny Downs, and Jay R. Smith. The photograph was taken to promote the Western Weld Patch Repair, represented by the ball on which Mary Kornman is sitting. The man standing behind the Our Gang kids is Clarence E. Dunlop, president of Western States Manufacturing Company of Sioux City, IA. The ball was made to demostrate the company's patching process. You can see the strips of patch rubber running up and down the ball, which is eight feet in circumference. The ball was made from nine old tubes and Western Weld patches. The photograph was issued to dealers of Western States' products. The ball was first publicly shown at the Orange County Fair, with the Our Gang kids making a public appearance to promote the product. The photograph was taken on the lawn directly behind the Hal Roach Studios administration building, which you can see on the left. The big brick building in the back is one of the two stages that were at the studio at that time.
Tags: Our  Gang  comedies  photo  publicity 
Added: 19th May 2012
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Our Gang - The Champeen 1923 Here is an eight-minute excerpt from the silent era of the Our Gang comedies. This clip is from the 1923 film The Champeen. It was just the seventh Our Gang film ever made. Here's the plot: A policeman catches Sammy Morrison stealing $1 worth of apples. The cop threatens to send Sammy to jail unless he can come up with $1. Sammy comes up with the idea of exploiting the rivalry between Mickey Daniels and Jackie Davis (who are both smitten with pretty Mary Kornman) by staging a boxing match between the two amorous boys and charging admission. Though the film is dated, it has its funny moments! Boxing matches were featured in at least two other Our Gang comedies in the series' later years.
Tags: Our  Gang  silent  film  The  Champeen 
Added: 3rd September 2013
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