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eBay From the 1930's This is an original 8" x 10" vintage black and white ORIGNAL photo NEGATIVE in original wax envelope from the OUR GANG series created by Hal Roach for MGM. It's a publicity scene negative direct from the HAL ROACH STUDIOS. IT IS Almost 80 YEARS OLD!!!! a ONE OF A KIND IN THE ORIGINAL WAX ENVELOPE.  It's an action scene photograph with Spanky Alfalfa and Porky pulling up to Club Spanky in a fancy car  from the 1937 Comedy film short Our Gang Follies of 1938 The gang is putting on a show with Alfalfa billed as "King of the Crooners." But Alfalfa abandons the show saying his crooning days are over, and that opera is his true calling. But after taking a nap and dreaming of a successful future in popular music, he changes his mind and joins the rest of the gang for the closing number. Director:   Gordon Douglas Stars:  Frances Bowling, Henry Brandon and Tom Braunger Cast Cast (in alphabetical order) Frances Bowling ... Girl with the letter O on her sweater Henry Brandon ... Barnaby (opera impressario) Tom Braunger ... Kid Bill Cody Jr. ... Boy - wearing kilt John 'Uh huh' Collum ... Uh huh Gino Corrado ... Singer Wilma Cox ... Miss Jones (stenographer) Patsy Currier ... Girl Charles Flickinger ... Boy David Freeman ... Boy Betsy Gay ... Blonde Girl Fan of Alfalfa Joe Geil ... Corky Bobbie Hickman ... Musician in Buckwheat's Band Darla Hood ... Darla Philip Hurlic ... Boy Gloria Hurst ... Blonde Hula Girl Dickie Jones ... Dickie Darwood Kaye ... Waldo Georgia Jean LaRue ... Girl in the Love Bug Act Eugene 'Porky' Lee ... Porky Henry 'Spike' Lee ... Spike Ada Lynn ... Girl George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Spanky Tommy McFarland ... Tommy Billy Mindy ... Boy Raymond Rayhill Powell ... Boy Sitting at Table June Preston ... Little blond curley girl Josephine Roberts ... Girl Annie Ross ... Herself (as Annabelle Logan) Tommy Ryan ... Boy in Love Bug Singing Act (as Philip MacMahon) Jimmy Sommerville ... Blonde Boy in Balcony Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Alfalfa Harold Switzer ... Harold Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas ... Buckwheat Bobs Watson ... Boy Doodles Weaver ... Winstead (piano player) Kenneth Wilson ... Boy Robert Winkler ... Boy Carrying Sign in Film Beginning Gloria Browne ... Tall Hula Girl (uncredited) Bobby Crockett ... One of the Boy Wearing Kilt (uncredited) Tim Davis ... Boy Sitting at Table (uncredited) Billy Diamond ... Boy Fan of Alfalfa (uncredited) Dorothy Heinrichs ... Girl Sitting at Table (uncredited) Paul Hilton ... Boy Sitting at Table (uncredited) Dorothy Horner ... Girl Wearing Exclamation Point on Sweater (uncredited) Don Hulbert ... Boy Dancer (uncredited) Payne B. Johnson ... Boy in Band (uncredited) Patsy May ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited) Roger McGee ... Waiter / Announcer (uncredited) Norman Salling ... Boy Sitting at Table (uncredited) Clifford Severn ... Waiter (uncredited) Nora Rita Stein ... Girl Wearing the Letter 'F' on Sweater (uncredited) Helen Westcott ... Girl Wearing the Letter 'I' on Sweater (uncredited) Camille Williams ... Girl Wearing the Letter 'L' on Sweater (uncredited) Laura June Williams ... Hula Girl on Right Side (uncredited) Rhoda Williams ... Girl Sitting at Table (uncredited) Negative is in good shape slight wear for its age  It is photo # HR G39-10.  It is a nice scene from the musical Follie review from 1938! Shop with confidence! This is part of our in-store inventory from our shop which is has been located in the heart of Hollywood where we have been in business for OVER 40 years! MORE INFO ON HAL ROACH:  Hal Roach was born in Elmira, New York in 1892. After working as, among other things, mule skinner, wrangler and gold prospector, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd in 1913 in San Diego. Roach came into a small inheritance and began producing, directing and writing a series of short film comedies under the banner, Phun Philms, starring Lloyd around 1915. Initially these were abysmal, but with effort, the quality improved enough to be nominally financed and distributed by Pathe and the Roach/Lloyd team proved quite successful after the creation of Lloyd's now-famous 'Glasses Character,' enabling Roach to start his own production company and eventually bought his own studio. Hal Roach Productions became a unique entity in Hollywood; it operated as a sort of paternalistic boutique studio, releasing a surprising number of wildly popular shorts series and a handful of features. Quality was seldom compromised and his employees were treated as his most valuable asset. Roach's relationship with his biggest earner, Harold Lloyd, was increasingly acrimonious after 1920. After achieving enormous success with features, Lloyd had achieved superstar status by the standards of Roaring Twenties and wanted his independence. The two men severed ties with Roach maintaining re-issue rights for Lloyd's shorts for the remainder of the decade. Despite facing the prospect of losing his biggest earner, Roach was already preoccupied by the cultivating his new kiddie series, Our Gang, which was an immediate hit with the public. By the time he was 25, Roach was wealthy and increasingly away from his studio, traveling extensively across Europe. By the early 1920s he had eclipsed Mack Sennett as the King of Comedy and created many of the most memorable comic series of all time, even by today's standards. These include the team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, ''Snub' Pollard' and especially the long running Our Gang (AKA "The Little Rascals" in TV distribution) series. After his studio's distributor, Pathe, disintegrated in the U.S. after it's domestic representative Paul Brunet returned to France in 1927, Roach was able to secure an even better deal with MGM (his key competitor, Mack Sennett, was also distributed by Pathe, but was unable to land a deal, ultimately declaring bankruptcy in 1933). For the next eleven years Roach shored up MGM's bottom line, although the deal was probably more beneficial to Roach. In the mid-1930's Roach became inexplicably enamored with Benito Mussolini, and sought to secure a business alliance with the fascist government's recently completed film complex, Cinecitta. After Roach asked for (and received) assurances from Mussolini that Italy wasn't about to seek sanction against the Jews, the two men formed RAM ("Roach And Mussolini") Productions--- a move that appalled the powers at MGM parent Leow's Inc. These events coincided with Roach selling off Our Gang to MGM and committing himself solely to feature film production. In September 1937, Il Duce's son, Vittorio Mussolini visited Hollywood and his studio threw a lavish party celebrating his 21st birthday. Soon afterward, the Italian government took on an increasingly anti-Semitic stance and in retribution, Leow's chairman, Nicholas Schenck canceled his distribution deal. He signed an adequate deal with United Artists in May 1938 and redeemed his previous record of feature misfires with a string of big hits: Topper (1937) (and it's lesser sequels), the prestigious Of Mice and Men (1939) and, most significantly, One Million B.C. (1940), which became the most profitable movie of the year. Despite the near-unanimous condemnation by his industry peers, Roach stubbornly refused to re-examine his attitudes over his dealings with Mussolini, even in the aftermath of WW2 (he proudly displayed an autographed portrait of the dictator in his home up until his death). His tried and true formula for success was tested by audience demands for longer feature-length productions, and by the early 1940's he was forced to try his hand at making low budget full-length screwball comedies, musicals and dramas, although he still kept turning out two-reel comedies, he tagged as "streamliners," they failed to catch on with post-war audiences. By the 1950s he was producing mainly for television. He made a stab at retirement but his son, Hal Jr., proved an inept businessman and drove the studio to the brink of bankruptcy by 1959. Roach returned and focused on facilities leasing and managing the TV rights of his film catalog. In 1983 his company developed the first successful digital colorization process. Roach then became a producer for many TV series on the Disney Channel, and his company still produces most of their films and videos. Dickie Moore made his acting and screen debut at the age of 18 months in the 1927 John Barrymore film The Beloved Rogue (1927) as a baby, and by the time he had turned 10 he was a popular child star and had appeared in 52 films. He continued as a child star for many more years, and became the answer to the trivia question, "Who was the first actor to kiss Shirley Temple on screen?" when that honor was bestowed upon him in 1942's Miss Annie Rooney (1942). As with many child actors, once Dickie got older the roles began to dry up. He made his last film in 1950, but was still in the public eye with the 1949 to 1955 TV series "Captain Video and His Video Rangers" (1949). He then retired from acting for a new career in publicity. He currently produces industrial shows. MORE INFO ON BILLIE BUCKWHEAT THOMAS: Billie Thomas (originally William 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 (Little Rascals) short films from 1934 until the series' end in 1944. He was a native of Los Angeles, California. Although the character he played was often the subject of controversy in later years for containing elements of the "pickaninny" stereotype, Thomas always defended his work in the series, pointing out that Buckwheat and the rest of the black Our Gang kids were treated as equals to the white kids in the series. The 1980s Little Rascals animated series adapted from the Our Gang comedies addressed the problem by changing Buckwheat into a clever inventor who is always building ingenious machines for the gang. Billie Thomas first appeared in the 1934 Our Gang shorts For Pete's Sake!, The First Round-Up, and Washee Ironee as a background player. The "Buckwheat" character was a female at this time, portrayed by Our Gang kid Matthew "Stymie" Beard's younger sister Carlena in For Pete's Sake!, and by Willie Mae Taylor in three other shorts. Thomas began appearing as "Buckwheat" with 1935's Mama's Little Pirate. Despite Thomas being a male, the Buckwheat character remained a female - dressed as a Topsy-esque image of the African American "pickaninny" stereotype with bowed pigtails, a large hand-me-down sweater and oversized boots. After Stymie's departure from the series later in 1935, the Buckwheat character slowly morphed into a boy, first referred to definitively as a "he" in 1936's The Pinch Singer. This is similar to the initial handling of another African American Our Gang member, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, who worked in the series during the silent and early sound eras. Despite the change in the Buckwheat character's gender, Billie Thomas's androgynous costuming was not changed until his appearance as a runaway slave in the 1936 Our Gang feature film General Spanky. This new costuming?overalls, striped shirt, oversized shoes, and a large unkempt Afro?was retained for the series proper from late 1936's Pay as You Exit on. Thomas remained in Our Gang for ten years, appearing in all but one of the shorts made from Washee Ironee in 1934 through the series' end in 1944. During the first half of his Our Gang tenure, Thomas' Buckwheat character was often paired with Eugene "Porky" Lee as a tag-along team of "little kids" rallying against (and often outsmarting) the "big kids," George "Spanky" McFarland and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. Thomas had a speech impediment as a young child, as did Lee, who became Thomas' friend both on the set and off. The "Buckwheat" and "Porky" characters both became known for their collective garbled dialogue, in particular their catchphrase, "O-tay!" originally uttered by Porky, but soon shared by both characters. Billie Thomas remained in Our Gang when the series changed production from Hal Roach Studios to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938. Thomas in fact became the only Our Gang cast member to appear in all 52 MGM Our Gang shorts, and was also the only holdover from the Hal Roach era to remain in the series until its end in 1944. By 1940, Thomas had grown out of his speech impediment, and with Lee having been replaced by Robert Blake, Thomas's Buckwheat character was written as an archetypal Black youth. He was twelve years old when the final Our Gang film, Dancing Romeo, was completed in November 1943. After Our Gang was discontinued, Thomas enlisted in the US Army in 1954, and was released from active military service in 1956 decorated with a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. After returning to civilian life, Thomas faced a dilemma shared by many of his co-stars from Our Gang. Though offered many film and stage roles, he had no desire to return to Hollywood as an actor. ?After the Army, I wasn't really interested in the hassle of performing," he explained shortly before his death in 1980. "Even the big stars had to chase around and audition; it seemed like a rat race to me, with no security." However, Thomas still enjoyed the film industry at large, and became a successful film lab technician with the Technicolor corporation. He ably took his experience in film work and learned the trade of film editing and cutting. Over the following years, he worked on several prominent motion pictures, including Steven Spielberg?s Jaws and Michael Anderson?s Logan?s Run. In 1980, the Second International Convention of the Sons of the Desert took place at the Los Angeles Hilton Hotel, with more than 500 fans in attendance. Several days were spent touring famous Hollywood attractions, and then the highlight of the gathering took place in the hotel ballroom. Among those honored were fellow Our Gangers Spanky MacFarland, Dorothy DeBorba, Tommy Bond and Joe Cobb. When Thomas was brought out, he received a spontaneous standing ovation, and was moved to tears. Thomas died of a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on October 10, 1980. Coincidentally, Thomas died exactly 46 years to the day after his mother brought him to audition at the Hal Roach Studios. Thomas is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California. MORE INFO ON DARLA HOOD:  Born in a small Oklahoma town on November 8, 1931, dark-banged cutie Darla Hood began her association with the motley "Our Gang" group at the tender age of 4. Her father, James Claude Hood, Jr., a banker, and especially her mother, Elizabeth (nee Davner), prodded Darla's innate musical talents with singing and dancing lessons in Oklahoma City. Little Darla made an unscheduled, impromptu singing debut at the Edison Hotel in Times Square when the bandleader invited her onto the stage, and the crowd roared in appreciation. By sheer chance, a Hal Roach agent (Joe Rivkin) spotted the four-year-old scene-stealer, tested her, and signed her to a long-term (7 year) contract at $75 a week.Darla went on to perform as "leading lady" in over 150 of the popular short films. As the solo distaff member of the motley Rascals crew, she recalled finding her off-camera times on the set as being rather lonely as the boys tended to group together and play "boy" games. Toward the beginning of this lucrative association, she also managed to appear opposite Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as the title role in one of their handful of feature films The Bohemian Girl (1936).While very few of the "Our Gang" pictures were made during WWII because of the scarcity of film (much of it was saved for feature-length fare), by the time the series was to be finally revived in 1945, Darla had already outgrown her role. Following her exit, she had trouble dealing with the inevitable transitioning into a teen actor and her career faltered badly. Returning to school (Fairfax High in Hollywood), she graduated an honor student. She was able to find some work with Ken Murray's popular "Blackbirds" variety show on the Los Angeles stage as well as some behind-the-scenes work in the post-war years. With her first husband, Robert W. Decker, whom she married at age 17, she formed the vocal group "Darla Hood and the Enchanters", which provided incidental background music for such classic films as A Letter to Three Wives (1949). She also made appearances in nightclubs and on TV variety shows ("Ken Murray Show, The" (1950) and "Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue, The" (1949)) and on Merv Griffin's radio show. Another successful outlet for her was in the field of voice-over work in cartoons and commercials ("Campbell Soup," "Chicken of the Sea"); in time, she became a well-oiled impressionist and trick voice artist.Divorced from her first husband of eight years, with whom she had two children, Brett and Darla Jo, she subsequently married her one-time manager, Jose Granson, a music publisher, in 1957. Darla remained in some facet of show business until her untimely end. She died in 1979 of heart failure under rather odd and mysterious circumstances at a North Hollywood hospital after contracting acute hepatitis following a relatively minor operation. Buried at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, she was only 47. It is part of our in-store inventory from our shop which is located in the heart of Hollywood where we have been in business for OVER 40 years! Winning bidder agrees in advance to pay an additional Mail postage (Foreign orders will require additional postage) and to remit full payment after notification from the seller.  California residents must add  state sales taxes. Be sure to click on "View Seller's Other Auctions" for more great items like this!  

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