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On the issue of "complete" sets,
This review is from: The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection (DVD)
Starting with RAILROADIN' in 1929 and ending with 1938's HIDE AND SHRIEK, there were indeed exactly 80 Little Rascals sound shorts produced by Hal Roach Studios. Two silent films were released early in this run of 82, both during '29: SATURDAY'S LESSON and CAT, DOG & CO.
Roach sold the franchise to distributor MGM in mid 1938. Spanky continued under Metro until he was 14. UNEXPECTED RICHES (1942) was his Rascals finale.
During these last transition years, new kids like Tisket 'n Tasket, 'Froggy' Laughlin and Robert Blake (as Mickey) were added to the mix, but once Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer retired from the group after KIDDIE CURE (1940), all the old magic was gone. George 'Spanky' McFarland failed to make the grade as a teen and adult actor, while Switzer had a decent career in minor roles for another 18 years.
Rascals collections that offer 87 or 88 titles pad the count by including several silent-era Our Gang comedies, but as is not made clear in this item's product description, 80 is the correct number of HAL ROACH sound shorts.
The one I ultimately chose and recommend is The Little Rascals Collectors Edition-11 DVD Boxed Set-87 Episodes. Except for a second or two missing from titles and end credits, every short in this box is complete. No PC edits, no poor transfers. It's also a better deal.
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Initial post: Jul 21, 2010, 11:27:17 AM PDT
Tom Without Pity says:
Thanks for the clear, concise review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2010, 1:35:05 PM PDT
Annie Van Auken says:
Glad you liked it. :?)
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