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
Early this year, Sherwood entered the movie business, initially appearing in the McDougall Alley series, one of the many Our Gang knockoffs of the silent era.
As the story goes, Harold Lloyd discovered him and eventually recommended him to Hal Roach, though if so, then these two events were separated by four years.
The Big Pie Raid (undetermined role)
May 1, 1927 - Bray - 2 reels - McDougall Alley series
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."
Getting A Raise (supporting role: youngest Potter son)
Feb. 17, 1930 - Vitaphone/Warner Bros. - 2 reels - The Potters series
On May 25th of this year, Sherwood worked for the first time with the Our Gang unit, initially as a day player.
On June 18th, Sherwood was signed to a longterm contract, which covered a five-year period from June 22, 1931, to June 21, 1936.
One June 25th, the Los Angeles Evening Express reported this: "At least one little boy in Hollywood believes in Santa Claus. His name is
Sherwood Bailey. His Santa may resemble Hal Roach, but anyhow he has a brand new contract and will be seen as a member of "Our Gang"...He is just 8 years
old, has loads of freckles and nice red hair - from now on he'll be "Spud" to you!"
On June 26th, Sherwood's contract was approved by Superior Judge Marshall F. McComb.
Here's what the August 8th Akron Beacon Journal had to say: "Sherwood, with an abundance of freckles and red hair, is hailed as one of
Roach's prize juvenile finds. He will be a member of "Our Gang" comedies and will be known on the screen as Spud and is to essay the role of a
I Take This Woman (undetermined role)
June 27, 1931 - Paramount - 8 reels - Gary Cooper & Carole Lombard feature
On May 28th of this year, Sherwood did his final day of work with the Our Gang series.
During August, Our Gang had an endorsement deal with J.C. Penney's Back To School promotion. Newspapers carried information about each Our Gang kid, with this to
say about Sherwood: "Spud (Sherwood) Bailey, 9 years old, born in Long Beach, California, is an 'All American' boy with red hair and an
abundance of freckles. His first acting was done in a neighbor's barn, but he finally persuaded his mother to take him to a studio. Boxing is his favorite sport and
he is known as a pretty fair scrapper. He openly admits a 'crush' on a little girl. He is a good student in the third grade of the 'Our Gang'
In the latter part of the year, Sherwood was slated to work in a Charley Chase comedy called "The Iron Man," which presumably was a working title for
"Young Ironsides." If so, then another boy wound up with the part. Shooting took place in June, after Sherwood was let go.
The Oroville Mercury Register from May 20th of this year reported a surprise picnic held in honor of W. A. Finney by his extended family. One of these
was Sherwood Bailey, who played several numbers on the accordion.
On September 23rd, Sherwood played accordion as part of The Long Beach Baby Orchestra at Bixby Park in Long Beach.
On October 15th, Sherwood played accordion with some Long Beach musicians who performed aboard the U.S.S. Chester as part of church services.
The Mysterious Rider (supporting role: Matt Arnold, Jr. aka Sheriff)
Jan. 20, 1933 - Paramount - 57 min. - Kent Taylor feature
The Long Beach Sun of January 18th of this year reported that Sherwood sold copies of the Sun on the corner of Third Street and Pine Avenue when
he wasn't otherwise busy with his film work.
The October 18th Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reported the formation of The Screen Boys' Club, which was made up of boys with at least three
feature credits and who hadn't reached the age of 18. Among the 15 charter members was Sherwood Bailey.
Sherwood graduated from Polytechnic High School in Long Beach. He went on to study engineering at UCLA, but didn't graduate. He eventually earned his
state civil engineering license and worked in this field in Huntington Beach, where his wife was mayor for two terms.
Jungle Terror (archival)
June 1946 - Adventure Serials/Favorite - 70 min. - Frank Buck feature
A re-editing of the "Jungle Menace" serial.
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.
Rascal Dazzle (archival)
1978 - King World/Picture Scores - 93 min. - documentary feature
May 8, 1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "Free Eats."
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.
May 30, 1931 - 37.50 charged to prod. G1 (Big Ears)
Initially a day player, Sherwood made $7.50 checks on May 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th.
June 6, 1931 - 7.50 charged to prod. G1
Sherwood made $7.50 on June 1st.
After this, Sherwood returned three weeks later as a longterm player.
June 27, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G2 (Shiver My Timbers)
July 4, 1931 - 75.00 charged to prod. G2
July 11, 1931 - 75.00 charged to prod. G2
July 18, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G2
July 25, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G2
Aug. 1, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G3 (Dogs Is Dogs)
Aug. 8, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G3
Aug. 15, 1931 - 75.00 charged to prod. G3
Aug. 22, 1931 - 75.00 charged to prod. G3
Aug. 29, 1931 - 75.00 charged to prod. G3
Sep. 5, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G3
Sep. 12, 1931 - 25.00 charged to prod. G4 (Readin' And Writin')
Dec. 26, 1931 - 95.83 charged to prod. G6
An odd amount, and one that I can't easily figure out. Perhaps Sherwood was owed back pay.
Jan. 2, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G6
Jan. 9, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G6
Jan. 16, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7 (Choo-Choo!)
Jan. 23, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7
Jan. 30, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 6, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 13, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 20, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G7
Feb. 27, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8 (The Pooch)
Mar. 5, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Mar. 12, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G8
Mar. 19, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G8
Mar. 26, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Apr. 2, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Apr. 9, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G8
Apr. 16, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G9 (Hook And Ladder)
Apr. 23, 1932 - 25.00 charged to prod. G9
Apr. 30, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G9
May 7, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G9
May 14, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G9
May 21, 1932 - 62.50 charged to prod. G9
May 28, 1932 - 72.09 charged to prod. G9
During this week, the Our Gang unit worked seven days (presumably to make up for taking off Decoration Day the following week). At the end of the week,
Sherwood was given a salary check in the amount of $52.09, which covered Sunday through Thursday. After this, his contract apparently expired and he became a
day player, being given $10 checks on both May 27th and 28th. One of the typical stipulations in the kids' longterm contracts was that, given the
circumstance that their contract expired in the middle of a production, that they'd have to continue with the unit until the film was finished. This would
explain the two extra days, if his contract ended on May 26th. The puzzling thing in this case is that Sherwood hadn't reached the end of his first year, which
would typically be the time when Roach would consider taking the option to either renew or terminate. In any event, Sherwood was retired from the Gang after May
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