'Little Rascals' then and now
'Little Rascals' then and now -- Original star Jackie Cooper and new Alfalfa Bug Hall find common ground in the classic show
They’ve been getting themselves into trouble since 1922, when Our Gang debuted in silent movie shorts. We asked actor-director Jackie Cooper, 71, a Gang member from 1929 to 1931, and Bug Hall, who plays Alfalfa in the new feature, The Little Rascals, to compare notes.
Q: What do kids get from watching these comedies?
Cooper: That you could make it through the tough times if you had friends you could count on. And brother, those were tough times.
Hall: [That] the Rascals can have fun — and without hurting anyone.
Q: How do you see the Little Rascals characters as eventual grown-ups?
Cooper: In those days, in that time, if a camera were to have stayed on them another 10 years, they’d have been boy heroes out of World War II. Not all of them would have come home alive. [After] World War II, they would somehow earn their way through college and become somebody. Darla — if she hadn’t become a Rosie the Riveter — would’ve gone into the service as a WAC or WAVE.
Hall: They’re all gonna have a good career and they’re gonna be very smart from their Rascal mistakes. They’ll probably go to college and stuff like that.