Sherwood "Spud" Bailey


full name: Sherwood Vilas Bailey, Jr.
professional nickname: Junior
professional nickname (during Our Gang stint): Spud
born Aug. 6, 1923, in Long Beach, CA
died Aug. 6, 1987, in Newport Beach, CA, of cancer


1927

The Big Pie Raid (undetermined role)
May 1, 1927 - Bray - 2 reels - McDougall Alley series
©May 23, 1927.
Spooks (undetermined role)
Sep. 10, 1927 - Bray - 2 reels - McDougall Alley series
©Sep. 12, 1927.
The Magic Game (undetermined role)
Oct. 10, 1927 - Bray - 2 reels - McDougall Alley series
©Oct. 10, 1927.
Fat And The Canary (role: Tiny Tim's little brother)
Nov. 10, 1927 - Bray - 2 reels - McDougall Alley series
©Nov. 16, 1927.

1928

The Cockeyed Family (supporting role: Gillig's older son)
July 11, 1928 - Weiss Bros.-Artclass - 2 reels - Ben Turpin series

1929

The Valiant (role: little boy)
prem. May 12, 1929 - Fox - 6 reels - Paul Muni & John Mack Brown feature
©May 14, 1929. Released May 19, 1929.
They Had To See Paris (role: little boy)
Sep. 18, 1929 - Fox - 95 min. - Will Rogers feature
©Sep. 11, 1929. Also released in a silent version.
Sunny Side Up (role: little boy)
prem. Oct. 3, 1929 - Fox - 13 reels - Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell feature
©Oct. 8, 1929 as Sunnyside Up. One sequence shot in Multicolor.
The Virginian (role: little boy)
Nov. 9, 1929 - Paramount - 9 reels - Gary Cooper & Walter Huston feature
©Nov. 8, 1929. Also released as a silent version.

At some point in the early years, Sherwood was a student of Mrs. Irvin B. House, who founded the Club Bellas Artes in Long Beach. As The Long Beach Sun said on Dec. 12, 1931: "The object of the club is to foster the little theater movement among the college students and younger set."


1930

Getting A Raise (supporting role: youngest Potter son)
Feb. 17, 1930 - Vitaphone/Warner Bros. - 2 reels - The Potters series
Credited as Junior Bailey. ©Feb. 17, 1930. No. 1 in a series.
Big Money (supporting role: youngest Potter son)
prem. Apr. 30, 1930 - Vitaphone/Warner Bros. - 2 reels - The Potters series
Credited as Junior Bailey. Released May 15, 1930. No. 5 in a series.
Night Work (bit part: orphan)
Aug. 3, 1930 - Pathé - 9 reels - Eddie Quillan feature
©June 6, 1930.
Rolling Along (role: bus passenger)
Oct. 1, 1930 - Universal - 2 reels - Charlie Murray & George Sidney series
©Sep. 25, 1930.
The Big Trail (extra: one of boys asking Coleman about Indians)
prem. Oct. 2, 1930 - Fox - 125 min. - feature
©Sep. 30, 1930. Released Nov. 1, 1930. Starring John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill and El Brendel.

1931

I Take This Woman (undetermined role)
June 27, 1931 - Paramount - 8 reels - Gary Cooper & Carole Lombard feature
©June 26, 1931.
Bad Girl (bit part: one of the neighborhood kids)
prem. Aug. 14, 1931 - Borzage/Fox - 9 reels - Sally Eilers & James Dunn feature
©July 18, 1931. Released Sep. 13, 1931.
108. Big Ears (small part)
Aug. 29, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-1 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 25 to June 5, 1931. ©Aug. 17, 1931. Also released with Spanish subtitles as Orejas de burro.
109. Shiver My Timbers (supporting role)
Oct. 10, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-2 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 29 to July 9, 1931. ©Oct. 1, 1931. Also released with Spanish subtitles as Piratas infantiles.
110. Dogs Is Dogs (featured role: Sherwood aka Spud)
Nov. 21, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-3 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 12 to 28, 1931. ©Oct. 27, 1931.

1932

111. Readin' And Writin' (supporting role: Sherwood)
Jan. 2, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-4 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 2, 1932. Filmed Sep. 30 to Oct. 10, 1931. ©Dec. 17, 1931.
Hell's House (role: boy at trial)
prem. Feb. 10, 1932 - Zeidman/Capitol - 8 reels - Bette Davis & Pat O'Brien feature
©Feb. 10, 1932.
112. Free Eats (small part)
Feb. 13, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-5 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 18, 1932. Filmed Nov. 6 to 19, 1931. ©Feb. 11, 1932.
Love Pains (undetermined role)
Feb. 13, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-4 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Sep. 23 to Oct. 1, 1931. ©Mar. 1, 1932.
113. Spanky (supporting role)
Mar. 26, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-6 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 14 to 22, 1931. ©Mar. 29, 1932.
114. Choo-Choo! (supporting role: Spud)
May 7, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 25 to Feb. 4, 1932. ©May 2, 1932.
115. The Pooch (supporting role)
June 11, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-8 - Our Gang series
Also listed for June 4, 1932. Filmed Mar. 9 to 17, 1932. ©June 13, 1932.
116. Hook And Ladder (supporting role: Spud)
Aug. 27, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 18 to 28, 1932. ©Sep. 14, 1932.
The Big Stampede (supporting role: Pat Malloy)
prem. Sep. 29, 1932 - Four Star/Vitaphone - 6 reels - John Wayne feature
©Sep. 28, 1932. Released Oct. 8, 1932.

1933

The Mysterious Rider (supporting role: Matt Arnold, Jr. aka Sheriff)
Jan. 20, 1933 - Paramount - 57 min. - Kent Taylor feature
©Jan. 19, 1933.
Hard To Handle (role: boy on pier)
Jan. 28, 1933 - Warner Bros. - 9 reels - James Cagney feature
©Feb. 3, 1933.

1934

Beloved (role: Tom as a boy)
Jan. 22, 1934 - Universal - 9 reels - John Boles & Gloria Stuart feature
©Jan. 12, 1934.
The Loudspeaker (role: Ignatz)
June 1, 1934 - Lackey/Monogram - 8 reels - feature
Starring Ray Walker, Jacqueline Wells and Charley Grapewin. ©June 8, 1934.
The Life Of Vergie Winters (role: Sadie and Herbert's boy)
prem. June 14, 1934 - RKO - 9 reels - Ann Harding & John Boles feature
©June 15, 1934. Released June 22, 1934.

1936

Paddy O'Day (role: street boy)
Jan. 17, 1936 - 20th Century-Fox - 8 reels - Jane Withers feature
©Jan. 17, 1936.
Too Many Parents (supporting role: Clarence Talbot, Jr.)
Mar. 20, 1936 - Paramount - 8 reels - feature
©Mar. 20, 1936. Also starring Frances Farmer, Lester Matthews, Henry Travers, Porter Hall, George Ernest, Douglas Scott, Buster Phelps and Billy Lee. This film reunited Sherwood with Our Gang director Bob McGowan. A press release related how Sherwood acquired a black eye directly again getting this part. It didn't matter, though, since the script called for him to get into a fight.
A Son Comes Home (role: Jerry)
July 31, 1936 - Paramount - 8 reels - Mary Boland feature
©July 31, 1936.
The Devil Is A Sissy (role:"Bugs")
Sep. 18, 1936 - MGM - 9 reels - feature
©Sep. 19, 1936.
The Plainsman (role: townsman)
Nov. 16, 1936 - Paramount - 12 reels - Gary Cooper & Jean Arthur feature
©Jan. 1, 1937.

1937

Quality Street (role: William Smith)
Mar. 26, 1937 - RKO - 9 reels - Katharine Hepburn & Franchot Tone feature
©Mar. 26, 1937.
Girl Loves Boy (supporting role: Tim McCarthy)
Mar. 27, 1937 - Ziedman/Grand National - 8 reels - Eric Linden & Cecilia Parker feature
©Mar. 31, 1937.
Shall We Dance (role: newsboy)
prem. Apr. 29, 1937 - RKO - 12 reels - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers feature
©May 7, 1937. Released May 7, 1937.
Jungle Menace chapter 2: Deadly Enemies
late 1937 - Adventure Serials/Columbia - 2 reels - Frank Buck serial
©Aug. 16, 1937. IMDb lists the release date for this serial as Sep. 1st, while Wikipedia lists it as Oct. 26. Of the 15 chapters, Sherwood appeared in six, which would have been released subsequent to the initial release date.
Jungle Menace chapter 3: Flames Of Hate
late 1937 - Adventure Serials/Columbia - 2 reels - Frank Buck serial
&169;Aug. 16, 1937.
Jungle Menace chapter 6: Shanghaied
late 1937 - Adventure Serials/Columbia - 2 reels - Frank Buck serial
&169;Sep. 7, 1937.
Jungle Menace chapter 8: The Frame-Up
late 1937 - Adventure Serials/Columbia - 2 reels - Frank Buck serial
&169;Sep. 18, 1937.
Jungle Menace chapter 9: The Cave Of Mystery
late 1937 - Adventure Serials/Columbia - 2 reels - Frank Buck serial
©Oct. 4, 1937.
Jungle Menace chapter 10: Flirting With Death
late 1937 - Adventure Serials/Columbia - 2 reels - Frank Buck serial
©Oct. 4, 1937.
Quick Money (supporting role: Freddie Tompkins)
Dec. 10, 1937 - RKO - 6 reels - Fred Stone feature
©Dec. 10, 1937. Also starring Gordon Jones, Dorothy Moore and Berton Churchill.

1938

Reformatory (role: inmate)
June 20, 1938 - Darmour/Columbia - 6 reels - Jack Holt feature
Also starring Bobby Jordan. ©June 21, 1938.

1939

King Of The Underworld (role: boy)
prem. Jan. 7, 1939 - Warner Bros. - 8 reels - Humphrey Bogart feature
©Jan. 6, 1939. Released Jan. 14, 1939. Also starring Kay Francis.
Confessions Of A Nazi Spy (role: newsboy at end)
prem. Apr. 27, 1939 - Warner Bros. - 11 reels - Edward G. Robinson feature
©May 6, 1939. Released May 6, 1939.
Call A Messenger (role: Sweeney)
Nov. 3, 1939 - Universal - 7 reels - Dead End Kids & Little Tough Guys feature
©Sep. 28, 1939.

1940

Young Tom Edison (role: Red, Joe's friend)
prem. Feb. 10, 1940 - MGM - 9 reels - Mickey Rooney feature
Released Mar. 15, 1940. ©Apr. 1, 1940.

1941


1946

Jungle Terror (archival)
June 1946 - Adventure Serials/Favorite - 70 min. - Frank Buck feature
A re-editing of the "Jungle Menace" serial.

1959

Take A Good Look episode (appearance)
Oct. 22, 1959 - Mansfield-Arnell/ABC - 30 min. - TV episode
Hosted by Ernie Kovacs. Jack appeared along with Jean Darling, Jack Davis, Jay R. Smith, Johnny Downs and Farina Hoskins.

1978

Rascal Dazzle (archival)
1978 - King World/Picture Scores - 93 min. - documentary feature
©1978. Seems to have debuted on TV, followed by a theatrical release in late 1979. Includes footage from "Choo-Choo!"

1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (archival)
May 8, 1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "Free Eats."

2002

Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (appearance)
Feb. 5, 2002 - Jones/TCM - 89 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Pooch."

Sherwood Bailey's payroll history

The following is a list of Sherwood's history at the Roach studio, with the amounts he was making from week to week. The dates given are Saturdays, the last day of each week at the studio. The only exceptions would be Saturdays that were also holidays, in which case the Friday date is used for those weeks.

After this, Sherwood returned three weeks later as a longterm player.


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