The Little Rascals
The series, one of the best-known and most successful in cinema history, is
noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way. While child
actors are often groomed to imitate adult acting styles, steal scenes, or
deliver "cute" performances, Hal Roach and original director Robert F. McGowan
worked to film the unaffected, raw nuances apparent in regular kids. Our Gang
also notably put boys, girls, whites, and blacks together in a group as equals,
something that "broke new ground," according to film historian Leonard Maltin.
Such a thing had never been done before in cinema, but was commonplace after the
success of Our Gang.
Our Gang Members: