classic hollywood: Spanky, Alfalfa and Buckwheat for “General Spanky” (1936)

One of my favorite photos in my collection is from the 1936 film “General Spanky”.

In 1936, Hal Roach released the film “General Spanky”, an Our Gang film which stars George “Spanky” McFarland, Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas and Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer and many others.

The film was released on December 11, 1936 by MGM and was an experiment to see if Roach could take the Our Gang concept from short features to feature film.  Unfortunately, the film didn’t do well in the box office and not long after, Roach ended up selling Our Gang to MGM.

Roach ended up buying back the rights to the back catalog from MGM in 1949 but didn’t purchase “General Spanky” and is now owned by Turner Entertainment.  Unfortunately, there has not been an official DVD or Blu-ray release of this title as of yet.