Acting for Two: Carl Switzer played both Alfalfa and rich kid Cornelius in Alfalfa's Double.
Banned Episode: A handful of episodes (Lazy Days, Moan & Groan, Inc., A Tough Winter, Little Daddy, A Lad an' a Lamp, and The Kid From Borneo) were banned from TV beginning in the 1970s due to the fact that they featured quite a bit of racial humor (usually involving African-Americans). Big Ears was banned due to (a.) its plot, involving Wheezer's parents threatening to get a divorce, and (b.) a sequence in which the kids get into a medicine cabinet.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The line "Otay!" is often said to have been coined by Buckwheat. In actuality, it was coined by Porky.
Casting Gag: Farina's younger sister Mango was in reality Allen Hoskins' (Farina) younger sister Jannie.
Two of Stymie's younger siblings (Marmalade and Cotton) were the younger siblings of Matthew Beard (Stymie).
The Cast Showoff: Darla had the chance to show off her strong singing voice in several episodes.
Cross-Dressing Voices: Billy Bletcher dubbed the voice of Margaret Bert (as Froggy's mother) in Robot Wrecks.
Crossover: The Rascals appear alongside several other Hollywood stars in the star-studdedThe Stolen Jools.
Dawson Casting: Norman Chaney was 14 when he was hired to play grade school-aged Chubby in 1929. A glandular disorder had stunted his height and made him obese.
Kendall McComas (Breezy Brisbane) was 14 when he joined the cast.
Dick Henchen, a 19-year-old dwarf, played a kid in three of the silent films.
Former Child Star : Many of the cast members lived sad lives (some rife with crime and addiction) and died young, giving rise to rumors of an "Our Gang" curse, but said curse has since been debunked by Snopes here.
Missing Episode: A few of the earlier silent films (Yale vs. Harvard, Heebee Jeebees, Edison, Marconi & Co., Growing Pains, The Holy Terror) are completely lost, while footage from a handful of other silent entries (notably Our Gang, the series first film) has also gone missing.
Some of the sound shorts (Small Talk, Lazy Days, Moan & Groan, Inc., A Tough Winter, Little Daddy, Big Ears, A Lad an' a Lamp, The Kid From Borneo) were removed from the Little Rascals' television package in the early 1970s, largely due to content deemed inappropriate. Railroadin' was never shown on television, as its soundtrack was reported missing during the initial sell to syndication (it has since shown up). Some stations supposedly didn't air The First Seven Years, possibly due to its climax involving the kids playing with swords.
Cast member Tommy "Butch" Bond once filed a lawsuit against the owners of the MGM entries for using his likeness without his permission. As such, all of the Butch episodes were not shown in syndication for a period of time.
The Other Darrin: Buckwheat was played by Willie Mae Taylor for two shorts, before the role permanently went to William Thomas (though some fans consider Taylor's Buckwheat and Thomas' Buckwheat to be two completely different characters).
The Pete Best: After Ernie Morrison's departure from the series, a new character named "Powder-Puff" took his spot as the series' older black kid. However, Powder-Puff was only in two shorts, as the role was quickly given to Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson.
Supporting player Marianne Edwards was slated to be the series' new leading lady during the mid-1930s, but lost the role to Darla Hood.
The 1960s singing group Spanky and Our Gang, which derived its name from lead singer Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane's facial resemblance to George "Spanky" McFarland (including their similar surnames).
The Family Guy episode "Viewer Mail 1" features a story titled "Li'l Griffins", which depicts the main adult cast as children. Several references to the Rascals are made, including the "We Hate Broads Club," Quagmire's Alfalfa-like cowlick, Cleveland's Buckwheat-like hairstyle, and the circle around Brian's eye.
Several on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Of particular note is a running gag in which the cast refers to inappropriately chosen music for serious scenes/movies as "Little Rascals music".
The episode "Radioactive Man" features Moe reminiscing about his days as a Little Rascal. He played "Smelly" ("the tough kid"). During the filming of a scene, an angry Moe beat up and killed Alfalfa for stealing his line. "Luckily, Alfalfa was an orphan owned by the studio."
"Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" features a scene in which the kids take electronics through a fence. Milhouse dresses as Alfalfa. A dog that looks similar to Pete the Pup accompanies them.
"Marge vs. the Monorail" - Joe Quimby asks Leonard Nimoy whether he was one of the Little Rascals.
"Homer the Smithers" -
Marge: Homie, it's 4:30 in the morning. Little Rascals isn't until 6. Homer: I know, I'm taping it.
Muppets Tonight: The KMUP schedule board includes a program called The Little Rat Skulls.
Among the child actors who auditioned for roles in the series, but were rejected, were Mickey Rooney and Shirley Temple.
Hal Roach toyed with the idea of keeping the original kids and following them through their teen years, but ultimately decided that the series should focus on young children, and wound up replacing the cast every few years. However, a remnant of the idea did remain in that a teenage Joe Cobb and Farina Hoskins showed up once during the Spanky era to give the younger kids some well-intentioned, but comically bad, advice. Ironically, there is a teen version of the series (which was also the spin off to Our Gang), The Boy Friends, which only lasted for three years.
Roach also considered a series featuring Oliver Hardy as the father of Spanky, presumably to involve family hijinks.
Promotional material for the all-star film The Stolen Jools reveals that Jackie Cooper was supposed to have been featured alongside his fellow Little Rascals. Cooper had departed from the Our Gang series by the time production began.
June Marlowe was supposed to have reprised her role as Miss Crabtree in Teacher's Beau, but (having retired from show business) turned town the offer to appear in the film.
Hal Roach submitted a script for a proposed Our Gangfeature film in 1935. The movie, Crooks Incorporated, was to have co-starred Charley Chase, Thelma Todd, and Patsy Kelly.
What would have been the 222nd Our Gang film, Home Front Commandos, was in early development stages when the series was cancelled.
Some Rascals departed from the series before their contracts expired. Therefore, a handful of the kids (Harry Spear, Mary Ann Jackson, Dorothy DeBorba, Shirley Jean Rickert, Harold "Bouncy" Wertz, Dickie Moore, and Tommy Bond, among others) could have remained with the series much longer.
You Look Familiar: Every recurring adult actor in this series, with the exception of June Marlowe (Miss Crabtree), Edgar Kennedy (Kennedy the Cop), Rosina Lawrence (Miss Lawrence), Margaret Mann (Grandma), and Walter Wills (Froggy's Uncle Walt).
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Consider yourself lucky if you owned a VCR in 1982 and had the foresight to record the ABC broadcasts, or you recorded the more recent showings on Cartoon Network UK & Ireland, on Australia's Seven Network or on Singapore's MediaCorp Channel 5.