The Our Gang series of short comedy films achieved two things that the U.S. movie industry had never attempted before. First of all, the films, which were made from 1922 to 1944, presented kids behaving “normally” instead of like adults. Secondly, they showed black children playing alongside white kids – a big deal at the time.
Because of these factors – and because they were genuinely funny – the Hal Roach-produced Our Gang shorts are still remembered today, some 70-plus years down the line. But what happened to its small cast of tiny actors, who were sometimes known as the Little Rascals?