Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Birthday George "Spanky" McFarland

Sure we all loved Spanky, the chubby cherub of the "Our Gang" series with the most pinchable cheeks in the land, but this lovable tyke was also in some great non-Gang features including two of my favorites. In The Trail of the Lonsome Pine (1936) he plays little Buddie, youngest of the feuding Tolliver family and for you noir fans, you may remember an older McFarland was the Boy Scout who found a dead body in the woods in Woman in the Window (1944).

McFarland died in 1993 at the age of 64, but will always be remembered for the joy and fun he brought to millions. Happy Birthday Spanky!


  1. I didn't remember Spanky was in WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. The Little Rascals and Our Gang shorts without him just weren't as memorable.

  2. That picture is so cute!!


  3. Had the opportunity to meet Spanky about 30 years ago. An extremely friendly individual.



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