George "Spanky" McFarland


This filmography was made in collaboration with Matthew Lydick.


full name: George Robert Phillips McFarland
family nickname: Sonny
professional nickname: Spanky
born Oct. 2, 1928, in Dallas, TX
died June 30, 1993, in Grapevine, TX, of heart attack or aneurysm


Special note: Reports of Spanky's middle name being Emmett are erroneous, as stated by his sister Amanda at cs.com.


1930


1931

Wonder Bread (appearance)
circa 1931 - 1 min. - theater advertisement
Spanky identified this item both as a Wonder Bread advertisement and one for Mrs. Bear's Bread. Perhaps Mrs. Bear sold Wonder Bread. It was shown in theaters around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

1932

112. Free Eats (supporting role: Spanky)
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.
113. Spanky (featured role: Spanky)
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: Spanky)
May 7, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 25 to Feb. 4, 1932. ©May 2, 1932. He's introduced in the opening credits with a special title card saying "With Spanky."
115. The Pooch (featured role: Spanky)
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. He's introduced in the opening credits with a special title card saying "With Spanky."
116. Hook And Ladder (featured role: Spanky)
Aug. 27, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 18 to 28, 1932. ©Sep. 14, 1932.
118. Birthday Blues (featured role: Spanky)
Oct. 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-11 - Our Gang series
Listed for both Oct. 1 and Nov. 12, 1932. Filmed July 30 to Aug. 4, 1932. ©Oct. 24, 1932. Earilest verified screening took place on Oct. 14, 1932.
117. Free Wheeling (supporting role: Spanky)
Nov. 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-10 - Our Gang series
Listed for both Oct. 1 and Nov. 12, 1932. Filmed July 19 to 27, 1932, with retakes Sep. 3, 1932. ©Nov. 7, 1932. Earliest verified screening took place on Nov. 12, 1932.
119. A Lad An' A Lamp (featured role: Spanky)
Dec. 17, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-12 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 3 to 10, 1932. ©Dec. 12, 1932.

1933

120. Fish Hooky (supporting role)
Jan. 28, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-13 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 17 to 22, 1932. ©Jan. 16, 1933.
121. Forgotten Babies (lead role: Spanky)
Mar. 11, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-14 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 3 to 10, 1932. ©Mar. 13, 1933.
122. The Kid From Borneo (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 15, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-15 - Our Gang series
FIlmed Jan. 9 to 16, 1933. ©Mar. 13, 1933.
One Track Minds (supporting role: Spanky)
May 20, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. A-16 - ZaSu Pitts & Thelma Todd series
Filmed Mar. 1933. ©May 15, 1933.
123. Mush and Milk (featured role: Spanky)
May 27, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-16 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 1933. ©Apr. 17, 1933.
124. Bedtime Worries (lead role: Spanky)
©Sep. 26, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-17 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Sep. 9, 1933. Filmed July 20 to 31, and Aug. 12, 1933.
Day Of Reckoning (supporting role: Johnny Day)
Oct. 27, 1933 - MGM - 7 reels - Richard Dix feature
Filmed in Sep. and Oct. 1933. ©Oct. 23, 1933. Credited as Spanky McFarlane.
125. Wild Poses (lead role)
Oct. 28, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-18 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 18 to 23, 1933. ©Oct. 20, 1933. Spanky's nickname isn't used in the dialogue, but he receives billing in the opening titles as "Spanky."

1934

Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (supporting role: Johnny Prentiss)
Jan. 12, 1934 - Paramount - 7 reels - Dorothea Wieck & Alice Brady feature
Filmed in Nov./Dec. 1933. ©Jan. 10, 1934. Also starring Baby LeRoy.
The Cracked Iceman (small part: student)
Jan. 27, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. C-20 - Charley Chase series
Filmed in mid-Oct. 1933. ©Dec. 13, 1933.
126. Hi'-Neighbor! (featured role: Spanky)
Mar. 3, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-19 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 20 to 30, 1934. ©Feb. 24, 1934.
127. For Pete's Sake! (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 14, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-20 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 23 to Mar. 3, 1934. ©Apr. 4, 1934.
Mrs. Barnacle Bill (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 21, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. B-7 - All Star series with Eddie Foy, Jr.
©Apr. 17, 1934. Credited simply as "Spanky." Also featuring Billy Gilbert.
128. The First Round-Up (featured role: Spank)
May 5, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-21 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 19 to 24, 1934. ©May 1, 1934.
Benny, From Panama (bit part: boy)
May 26, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. M-7 - Musical series
Also listed for May 28, 1934. ©May 15, 1934. Credited simply as "Spanky." Featuring Jeanette Loff and Eddie Foy, Jr.
129. Honky-Donkey (featured role: Spanky aka Spank)
June 2, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-22 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 2 to 7, 1934. ©May 25, 1934.
130. Mike Fright (featured role: Spank)
Aug. 25, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-23 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 25, 1934. Filmed May 29 to June 7, 1934. ©July 25, 1934. Spanky takes part in singing "The Man On The Flying Trapeze."
Kentucky Kernels (featured role: Spanky Milford)
prem. Oct. 17, 1934 - RKO - 9 reels - Wheeler & Woolsey feature
Filmed in the late summer of 1934. Previewed in early October, the reviewer in The Hollywood Reporter stated that Spanky nearly stole the show. Released Nov. 2, 1934. ©Nov. 2, 1934. Credited as "Spanky" McFarland. Spanky takes part in singing "One Little Kiss."
131. Washee Ironee (featured role: Spanky)
©Nov. 13, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-24 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Sep. 29, 1934. Filmed Oct. 1 to 9, 1934.

1935

132. Mama's Little Pirate (lead role: Spanky aka Spank)
©Jan. 5, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-25 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Nov. 3, 1934. Filmed Nov. 15 to 24, 1934.
133. Shrimps For A Day (featured role: Spanky)
©Feb. 20, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-26 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Dec. 8, 1934. Filmed Dec. 15 to 22, 1934. Spanky takes part in singing "Here Comes The Ice-Cream Man."
134. Anniversary Trouble (lead role: Spanky aka Spank)
©Mar. 13, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-27 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Jan. 1, 1935, and Jan. 19, 1935. Filmed Jan. 25 to Feb. 1, 1935.
135. Beginner's Luck (lead role: Spanky aka Spank)
©Apr. 8, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-28 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 23, 1935. Filmed Feb. 20 to 28, 1935.
136. Teacher's Beau (featured role)
Apr. 27, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-29 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 13 to 20, 1935. ©May 1, 1935.
137. Sprucin' Up (lead role: Spanky)
June 1, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-30 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 2 to 9, and May 7, 1935. ©June 12, 1935. Working title: Good Night Ladies!
Here Comes The Band (small role: Spanky Lowry)
Aug. 30, 1935 - MGM - 9 reels - Ted Lewis feature
©Aug. 29, 1935. Credited as Spanky McFarland. Spanky takes part in singing "You're My Thrill." Working title: To Beat The Band.
139. Little Papa (lead role: Spanky aka Spank)
Sep. 21, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-32 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 3 to 10, 1935. ©Aug. 20, 1935.
O'Shaughnessy's Boy (small part: Joseph "Stubby" O'Shaughnessy as a younger child)
Sep. 27, 1935 - MGM - 9 reels - Wallace Beery & Jackie Cooper feature
©Oct. 1, 1935. Credited as Spanky McFarland. Spanky played Jackie's character "as a child."
140. Little Sinner (lead role: Spanky aka Spank)
Oct. 26, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-33 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 8 to 16, 1935. ©Sep. 4, 1935.
141. Our Gang Follies Of 1936 (featured role: Spanky aka Spank)
prem. Nov. 27, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-34 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 9 to 14, and Sep. 23 to 28, 1935. ©Oct. 29, 1935. Released Nov. 30, 1935. Spanky sings "Step Up, Kids!."
Hearst Metrotone News (appearance)
Dec. 1935 - Hearst - 1 reel - newsreel
Featuring the Our Gang kids.

1936

143. The Pinch Singer (featured role: Spanky)
Jan. 4, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-35 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 11 to 21, 1935. ©Feb. 6, 1936.
142. Divot Diggers (featured role: Spanky/archival sound)
Feb. 8, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-36 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 18 to 25, 1935. ©Feb. 6, 1936. In addition to starring in this short, Spanky is presumably heard in the chaotic yelling near the end of this short that was taken from the soundtrack for "Washee Ironee."
The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine (supporting role: Buddie Tolliver)
prem. Feb. 19, 1936 - Wanger/Paramount - 10 reels - Technicolor - feature
©Mar. 13, 1936. Released Mar. 13, 1936. Credited as Spanky McFarland. Starring Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray and Henry Fonda.
138. The Lucky Corner (featured role: Spanky aka Spank)
Mar. 14, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-31 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 13 to 20, 1935. ©Feb. 19, 1936.
144. Second Childhood (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 11, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-37 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 1936. ©Mar. 17, 1936. Spanky sings "Oh! Susanna" along with Alfalfa and Zeffie Tilbury.
145. Arbor Day (featured role: Spanky)
May 2, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-38 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 12 to 18, 1936. ©Apr. 9, 1936. Spanky recites during a piece of music called "The Woodman."
Speed-O Byke (appearance)
c. 1936 - 1 reel - theatrical advertisement
Sometimes dated 1937, but newspaper ads connecting Spanky to this product appear as early as Aug. 1936. There's also a photo of him on the bike with Darla that appeared in newspapers in June. It stands to reason that if he made the advertising reel, then he'd have been given a free bike. At least one 1936 article also describes him riding a bicycle around the studio lot that was made up to look motorized.
Fox Movietone News (appearance)
1936 - Fox - 1 reel - newsreel
Our Gang's fifteenth anniversary is featured in a Hollywood Spotlight segment with Jimmie Fidler.
146. Bored Of Education (featured role)
Aug. 29, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-1 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Aug. 20, 1936. Filmed July 13 to 16, 1936. ©Sep. 3, 1936. Oscar winner for Best One-Reel Short Subject. Spanky sings "Good Morning To You" along with the rest of the class.
147. Two Too Young (lead role: Spanky)
©Oct. 21, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-2 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Sep. 26, 1936. Filmed Sep. 8 to 12, 1936.
148. Pay As You Exit (featured role: Spanky)
©Nov. 17, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-3 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Oct. 24, 1936. Filmed Oct. 14 to 19, 1936.
150. General Spanky (lead role: Spanky aka Spanfield George Leonard)
Dec. 11, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 8 reels - prod. F-12 - 'Spanky' McFarland feature
Filmed July 22 to Sep. 8, 1936, with retakes on Sep. 17 and Oct. 19 and 20, 1936. ©Dec. 4, 1936. Oscar nominee for Best Sound Recording.
149. Spooky Hooky (featured role: Spanky)
©Dec. 28, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-4 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Dec. 5, 1936. Filmed Nov. 11 to 17, 1936.

1937

151. Reunion In Rhythm (featured role: Spanky)
Jan. 9, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 9 to 14, 1936. ©Jan. 14, 1937. Spanky sings "Broadway Rhythm" and takes part in singing "Auld Lang Syne."
152. Glove Taps (featured role: Spanky)
©Mar. 9, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-6 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Feb. 20, 1937. Filmed Jan. 11 to 30, 1937.
153. Hearts Are Thumps (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 3, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 2 to 10, 1937. ©Mar. 24, 1937.
155. Rushin' Ballet (featured role)
Apr. 24, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 9 to 13, 1937. ©Apr. 22, 1937.
154. Three Smart Boys (featured role: Spanky)
May 13, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-8 - Our Gang series
Also listed as Mar. 13, 1937. Filmed Feb. 15 to 19, 1937. ©Mar. 31, 1937.
156. Roamin' Holiday (featured role: Spanky)
June 12, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-10 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 22 to May 3, 1937. ©June 24, 1937.
157. Night 'N' Gales (featured role: Spanky)
July 24, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-11 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 22 to 30, 1937. ©Aug. 18, 1937. Spanky takes part in singing "Home, Sweet Home."
158. Fishy Tales (featured role: Spanky aka Spank)
Aug. 28, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-12 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 26 to Aug. 2, 1937. ©Sep. 8, 1937.
159. Framing Youth (lead role: Spanky aka Mr. Spanky)
©Sep. 21, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-13 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Sep. 11, 1937. Filmed Aug. 19 to 25, 1937.
News Of The Day (appearance)
c. Oct. 1937 - MGM - 1 reel - newsreel
Vol. 9, No. 204. Featuring Our Gang and Vittorio Mussolini.
160. The Pigskin Palooka (supporting role: Spanky)
Oct. 23, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-14 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 18 to 25, 1937. ©Nov. 2, 1937.
161. Mail And Female (featured role: Spanky)
Nov. 13, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-15 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 22 to 27, 1937. ©Nov. 17, 1937.
News Of The Day (appearance)
Dec. 1937 - MGM - 1 reel - newsreel
Vol. 9, No. 229. Featuring Our Gang.
162. Our Gang Follies Of 1938 (featured role: Spanky)
Dec. 18, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-39 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 3 to 15, 1937. ©Dec. 21, 1937. Marketed by MGM as a "special" two-reeler, independent of the regular Our Gang series. Spanky takes part in singing "The Love Bug Will Bite You (If You Don't Watch Out)."

1938

163. Canned Fishing (featured role: Spanky)
Feb. 12, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-16 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 10 to 25, 1938. ©Feb. 16, 1938.
164. Bear Facts (supporting role: Spanky)
Mar. 5, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-17 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 26 to Feb. 4, 1938. ©Mar. 8, 1938.
165. Three Men In A Tub (supporting role)
Mar. 26, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-18 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 9 to 18, 1938. ©Apr. 1, 1938.
166. Came The Brawn (supporting role: Spanky)
Apr. 16, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-19 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 21 to 25, 1938. ©Apr. 12, 1938.
172. Aladdin's Lantern (featured role: Spanky)
Sep. 17, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2573 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 20 to 26, 1938. ©Sep. 14, 1938.
173. Men In Fright (supporting role: Spanky)
Oct. 15, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2580 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 15 to 20, 1938. ©Oct. 21, 1938.
174. Football Romeo (supporting role: Spanky aka Captain Spanky)
Nov. 12, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2589 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 19 to 24, 1938. ©Nov. 16, 1938.
Peck's Bad Boy With The Circus (supporting role: Pee Wee)
Dec. 2, 1938 - Lesser/RKO - 8 reels - Tommy Kelly feature
Filmed late Sep./early Oct. 1938. ©Nov. 25, 1938. Credited as Spanky McFarland.
175. Practical Jokers (featured role: Spanky)
Dec. 17, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2595 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 24 to 27, 1938. ©Dec. 20, 1938.

1939

176. Alfalfa's Aunt (supporting role: Spanky)
Jan. 7, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2600 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 14 to 17, 1938. ©Dec. 31, 1938.
177. Tiny Troubles (supporting role: Spanky)
Feb. 18, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2606 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 9 to 13, 1939. ©Mar. 1, 1939.
178. Duel Personalities (supporting role: Spanky)
Mar. 11, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2610 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 22 to 26, 1939. ©Mar. 9, 1939.
179. Clown Princes (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 15, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2613 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 13 to 17, 1939. ©Apr. 12, 1939.
180. Cousin Wilbur (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 29, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2618 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 13 to 17, 1939. ©May 4, 1939.
181. Joy Scouts (featured role: Spanky)
June 24, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2630 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 17 to 21, 1939. ©June 24, 1939.
182. Dog Daze (supporting role)
July 1, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2631 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 1 to 5, 1939. ©July 13, 1939.
183. Auto Antics (featured role: Spanky)
July 22, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2632 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 15 to 19, 1939. ©July 26, 1939.
184. Captain Spanky's Show Boat (featured role: Spanky)
Sep. 9, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2640 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 19 to 23, 1939. ©Sep. 6, 1939.
185. Dad For A Day (supporting role: Spanky)
Oct. 21, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2645 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 10 to 13, 1939. ©Oct. 24, 1939.
186. Time Out For Lessons (supporting role: Spanky aka Coach Spanky)
Dec. 2, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2655 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 25 to 28, 1939. ©Dec. 5, 1939. Spanky takes part in singing "Boola Boola." Working title: Learn To Play.

1940

187. Alfalfa's Double (supporting role: Spanky)
Jan. 20, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2656 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 2 to 6, 1939. ©Dec. 29, 1939.
189. The Big Premiere (featured role: Spanky)
Mar. 9, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2669 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 11 to 14, 1939. ©Mar. 13, 1940.
190. All About Hash (featured role: Spanky)
Mar. 30, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2674 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 10 to 13, 1940. ©Apr. 5, 1940.
191. The New Pupil (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 27, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2677 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 7 to 10, 1940. ©Apr. 22, 1940. Spanky sings "Emmet's Lullaby" along with Alfalfa.
188. Bubbling Troubles (supporting role: Spanky)
May 25, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2668 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 8 to 17, 1939. ©May 29, 1940. Working title: In Love Again.
193. Good Bad Boys (featured role: Spanky McFarland)
Sep. 7, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2684 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 1 to 4, 1940. ©Aug. 28, 1940.
194. Waldo's Last Stand (featured role: Spanky)
Oct. 5, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2686 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 22 to 25, 1940. ©Oct. 2, 1940. Spanky takes part in singing "How Dry I Am" and "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes."
192. Goin' Fishin' (featured role: Spanky)
Oct. 26, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2680 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 22 to 26, 1940. ©Oct. 16, 1940.
195. Kiddie Kure (featured role: Spanky)
Nov. 23, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2687 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 27 to 31, 1940. ©Nov. 11, 1940.

1941

196. Fightin' Fools (featured role: Spanky)
Jan. 25, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2696 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 26 to 31, 1940. ©Dec. 30, 1940.
197. Baby Blues (featured role: Spanky)
Feb. 15, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2706 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 1940. ©Feb. 24, 1941.
198. Ye Olde Minstrels (featured role: Spanky aka Spank)
Mar. 18, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2716 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 13 to 16, 1941. ©Mar. 13, 1941. Spanky takes part in singing "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny" and "Auld Lang Syne."
200. 1-2-3-Go! (featured role:Spanky)
Apr. 26, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2710 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 3 to 6, 1940. ©Apr. 30, 1941.
Studios On Parade (appearance)
1941 - Mercury - 1 reel
201. Robot Wrecks (featured role:Spanky)
July 12, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2732 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 6 to 9, 1941. ©July 15, 1941.
202. Helping Hands (featured role:Spanky)
Sep. 27, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2744 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 24 to Aug. 1, 1941. ©Oct 5, 1941.
199. Come Back, Miss Pipps (featured role)
Oct. 25, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2720 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 28 to 31, 1941. ©Oct. 14, 1941.
203. Wedding Worries (featured role)
Dec. 13, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2751 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 29 to Oct. 3, 1941. ©Dec. 22, 1941.

1942

204. Melodies Old And New (featured role: Spanky)
Jan. 24, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2755 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 29 to 31, 1941. ©Dec. 23, 1941. Spanky sings "Come Back To Erin," and takes part in singing "While Strolling Through The Park One Day" and "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo'bye)."
205. Going To Press (featured role: Spanky)
Mar. 7, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2758 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 17 to Dec. 5, 1941. ©Mar. 17, 1942.
206. Don't Lie (featured role: Spanky)
Apr. 4, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2752 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 8 to 14, 1941. ©Apr. 14, 1942.
207. Surprised Parties (featured role: Spanky aka Spank)
May 30, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2770 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 5 to 10, 1942. ©May 28, 1942.
208. Doin' Their Bit (featured role)
July 18, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2771 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 27 to 31, 1942. ©July 9, 1942.
209. Rover's Big Chance (featured role: Spanky)
Aug. 22, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2780 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 25 to 29, 1942. ©Aug. 25, 1942.
210. Mighty Lak A Goat (featured role: Spanky)
Oct. 10, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2783 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 6 to 13, 1942. ©Oct. 6, 1942.
211. Unexpected Riches (featured role: Spanky)
Nov. 28, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2794 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 26 to 29, 1942. ©Dec. 8, 1942.
Johnny Doughboy (supporting role: Spanky McFarland)
Dec. 31, 1942 - Republic - 7 reels - Jane Withers feature
©Dec. 31, 1942. Credited as "Spanky" McFarland. Also featuring Alfalfa Switzer. Both take part in singing "All Done, All Through."

1943

I Escaped From The Gestapo (bit part: Billy)
May 14, 1943 - K-B/Monogram - 9 reels - feature
©Apr. 23, 1943. Credited as Spanky McFarland. Starring Dean Jagger, John Carradine and Mary Brian.
Seeing Hands (small part: Fatty)
July 3, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - Pete Smith Specialty series
©July 1, 1943. Smith introduces Spanky as "a fugitive from an Our Gang comedy."

1944

Cowboy And The Senorita (bit part: kid tripping Teddy)
May 13, 1944 - Republic - 8 reels - Roy Rogers & Trigger feature
©Mar. 20, 1944.
The Woman In The Window (bit part: newsreel boy scout with glasses)
prem. Oct. 25, 1944 - Christie/International/RKO - 10 reels - Edward G. Robinson & Joan Bennett feature
©Oct. 11, 1944. Released Nov. 3, 1944. Also featuring Bobby Blake.

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1955

Captain Jet And The Little Rascals episode (guest appearance)
June 7, 1955 - KNXT - 30 min. - TV episode
The George Gobel Show episode (role: TV repairman)
June 25, 1955 - Gomalco/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode
Also featuring Fred MacMurray. George and Alice call in the TV repairman when they can't get the Little Rascals on their set.

1956


1957

Insomnia Tonight (guest appearance)
Jan. 25, 1957 - KTLA - 105 min. - TV episode
Identified in TV listings as Insomnia.
Tonight! America After Dark (guest appearance)
Feb. 5, 1957 - NBC - 105 min. - TV episode
Spanky's Little Rascals (host)
Aug. 1957 to Feb. 1959 - KOTV - 30 min. - TV series
Aired weekday afternoons at 5:30. The title of the series derives from TV listings, but this might simply be an indicator that Little Rascals episodes were included. It was otherwise known as The Spanky Show, Spanky's Clubhouse and Spanky's Playhouse.

1958


1959

Little Rascals Varieties (archival)
May 5, 1959 - Allied Artists - 63 min. - compilation feature
I've Got A Secret episode (appearance)
July 15, 1959 - Goodson-Todman/CBS - 30 min. - TV episode

1960


1961


1962


1963

Who's Minding The Store? (archival)
prem. Nov. 27, 1963 - Lewis-York/Paramount - 90 min. - Technicolor - Jerry Lewis feature
In a department store, a television is showing "Divot Diggers."

1965

Impact! (guest appearance)
Feb. 7, 1965 - WNAC - 30 min. - TV episode
This was a local show in Boston.

1966


1967


1968


1969


1970


1971

McLean And Company (guest appearance)
Mar. 23, 1971 - KYW-TV - 60 min. - TV episode
KYW-TV was the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, but I think this might have been a local show.

1972

Kennedy At Night (guest appearance)
Feb. 28, 1972 - WLS-TV - 60 min. - TV episode
Local Chicago program. Also appearing was Darla Hood.

1973

The Mike Douglas Show episode (guest appearance)
Nov. 8, 1973 - 60 min. - TV episode
Also featuring Darla Hood, Robert Klein and Yoko Ono.

1974

Tomorrow episode: The Little Rascals (guest appearance)
Nov. 12, 1974 - NBC - 60 min. - TV episode
Also featuring Stymie Beard, Darla Hood, and Buckwheat Thomas.

1975

Point Of View (guest appearance)
early 1975 - KTVT - 30 min. - TV episode
Local show out of Fort Worth, TX. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of February 18th mentioned Spanky having recently been on this show.

1976


1977

At Home In Indiana (guest appearance)
May 8, 1977 - WRTV - 30 min. - TV episode
Local program out of Indianapolis.

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 "Spanky," "The Pooch," "Hook And Ladder," "Birthday Blues," "Mush And Milk," "Wild Poses," "Hi'-Neighbor!" "For Pete's Sake!" "Mike Fright," "Washee Ironee," "Mama's Little Pirate," "Shrimps For A Day," "Anniversary Trouble," "Beginner's Luck," "Sprucin' Up," "The Lucky Corner," "Little Papa," "Our Gang Follies Of 1936," "Divot Diggers," "Second Childhood," "Bored Of Education," "Two Too Young," "Pay As You Exit," "Spooky Hooky," "Reunion In Rhythm," "Hearts Are Thumps," "Rushin' Ballet," "Roamin' Holiday," "The Pigskin Palooka," "Mail And Female," "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," "Bear Facts" and "Three Men In A Tub."

1979

AM/Philadelphia (guest appearance)
May 18, 1979 - WPVI-TV - 60 min. - TV episode
Local show out of Phildelphia.
V.I.P. (guest appearance)
May 27, 1979 - CBC - 30 min. - TV episode
Produced in Canada.
Evening Magazine (appearance)
June 27, 1979 - KYW-TV/Group W - 30 min. - TV episode
Local Philadelphia version of syndicated program.

1980

Jack White's Journal (guest appearance)
Oct. 4, 1980 - KGTV - 30 min. - TV episode
Local show out of San Diego, CA.

1981

PM Magazine (appearance)
July 30, 1981 - Group W - 30 min. - TV episode
The Wonderful World Of Those Cuckoo, Crazy Animals (archival)
Aug. 5, 1981 - CBS - 60 min. - TV special
Whatever Became Of...? (archival)
Oct. 25, 1981 - ABC - 60 min. - TV special

1982

West Texas Rehabilitation Telethon (appearance)
Jan. 9, 1982 - WTRC - 420 min. - TV telethon
Spanky appeared via a videotaped message. The program was telecast over several West Texas channels and radio stations and continued into the wee hours.
Hollywood's Children (interview appearance)
Feb. 24, 1982 - Wombat/Janson - 60 min. - TV documentary
Hollywood: The Gift Of Laughter (archival)
May 16, 1982 - Wolper/Haley/MPA/ABC - 135 min. - TV movie
Includes footage from "Hi'-Neighbor!" "Honky-Donkey" and "The Big Premiere."

1983

Hollywood Out-takes And Rare Footage (archival)
prem. Feb. 25, 1983 - Manhattan Madness/Manhattan Movietime - 83 min. - compilation feature
Braun & Company (appearance)
Nov. 17, 1983 - 60 min. - TV episode
This appears to have been a syndicated program.

1984

Rehab '84 (appearance)
Jan. 7, 1984 - WTRC - 420 min. - TV telethon
Spanky appeared via a videotaped message. The program was telecast over three different West Texas channels and continued into the wee hours.
The 56th Annual Academy Awards (appearance as presenter)
Apr. 9, 1984 - AMPAS/ABC - TV special
Spanky, along with Jackie Cooper, presented Hal Roach with an honorary award.
Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (interview appearance/archival)
May 8, 1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Spanky was interviewed for this documentary. Includes footage from "Free Eats," "Spanky," "The Pooch," "Free Wheeling," "Forgotten Babies," "Hi'-Neighbor!" "For Pete's Sake!" "Mike Fright," "Mama's Little Pirate," "Anniversary Trouble," "Teacher's Beau," "Sprucin' Up," "Little Sinner," "Divot Diggers," "Bored Of Education," "Two Too Young," "Pay As You Exit," "Spooky Hooky," "Reunion In Rhythm," "Glove Taps," "Hearts Are Thumps," "Rushin' Ballet," "Night 'N' Gales," "Framing Youth," "The Pigskin Palooka," "Canned Fishing," "Three Men In A Tub," "Aladdin's Lantern," "Alfalfa's Aunt," "The Big Premiere," "Kiddie Kure," "Ye Olde Minstrels" and a home movie shot by Art Lloyd.
Going Hollywood: The '30s (archival)
1984 - Castle Hill - TV documentary
PM Magazine (guest appearance)
Oct. 2, 1984 - Group W - 30 min. - TV episode

1985


1986

The Aurora Encounter (small role: governor)
Mar. 1986 - McCullough/New World - 90 min. - feature
Filmed late 1984 and early 1985. Credited as Spanky McFarland. Starring Jack Elam, Peter Brown, Cari Bagdasarian and Dottie West.
Classic Comedy Teams (archival)
1986 - Bergamn-Harris/Movietime/GoodTimes - 108 min. - video
Includes footage from "Our Gang Follies Of 1938."
Star Clips (archival)
Dec. 6, 1986 - TNC - 10 min. - TV episode
This was a between-programs insert on The Nostalgia Channel, this time focusing on Spanky.

1987

The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards (appearance)
Jan. 9, 1987 - NBC - TV special
Entertainment Tonight (appearance)
Mar. 2, 1987 - Paramount - 30 min. - TV episode

1988

The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards (appearance)
Jan. 30, 1988 - NBC - TV special
Twin Cities: Live With Bob Bruce (appearance)
1988 - KSTP-TV - 60 min. - TV episode
Produced in Minneapolis. Also featuring Sunshine Sammy Morrison, Dorothy DeBorba and Jerry Tucker.
Hollywood Scandals And Tragedies (archival)
1988 - Gorgon - 87 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "Our Gang Follies Of 1938."
Artseye (guest appearance)
July 6, 1988 - KERA-TV - 30 min. - TV episode
Local show in Dallas, TX.
News At 11 (guest appearance)
Aug. 25, 1988 - KVUE - 60 min. - TV episode
Local news program in Austin, TX.

1989

CBS This Morning (appearance)
May 25, 1989 - CBS - 120 min. - TV episode
The Pat Sajak Show (appearance)
May 29, 1989 - CBS - 90 min. - TV episode
Spanky plugged the 6-tape Republic Home Video Little Rascals release. Somewhere along the line, I acquired a bit of information stating that Spanky appeared on this show on Dec. 1st, but I can't figure out where it came from. Newspaper listings indicate that the May 29th episode did not repeat on this date, but Spanky isn't listed among the guests.
Larry King Live! (appearance)
May 30, 1989 - CNN - 60 min. - TV episode
36 Extra (appearance)
July 4, 1989 - KICU-TV - 30 min. - TV episode
Local program out of San Jose, CA.
When We Were Young...: Growing Up On The Silver Screen (appearance)
Dec. 2, 1989 - PBS - 90 min. - TV documentary

1990

A Current Affair (appearance)
Oct. 1990 - 20th Century-Fox - 30 min. - TV episode
Spanky appeared along with Bill English, who had erroneously claimed to be Buckwheat on the Oct. 5th episode of "20/20." An exact date for this episode of "A Current Affair" is hard to come by, but it was aired within a week of the "20/20" episode. Spanky, needless to say, refuted English's claim.

1991


1992

Donahue (guest appearance)
Jan. 17, 1992 - Multimedia Entertainment - 60 min. - TV episode
Geraldo (guest appearance)
Apr. 24, 1992 - Tribune Entertainment - 60 min. - TV episode

1993

Cheers episode: Woody Gets An Election (appearance)
Apr. 22, 1993 - Charles-Burrows-Charles/Paramount/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode
Credited as Spanky McFarland. His daughter Betsy later stated that this was the first time he ever earned residuals for anything, but that the first check arrived posthumously.
King B: A Life In The Movies (appearance)
1993

1994

The 66th Annual Academy Awards (archival)
Mar. 21, 1994 - AMPAS/ABC - TV special
Footage from "Beginner's Luck" is shown during the memoriam segment, honoring Spanky.
Hal Roach: Hollywood's King Of Laughter (appearance/archival)
Apr. 7, 1994 - RHI/Disney Channel - 49 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "Divot Diggers" and "Our Gang Follies Of 1938."
Home Videos Of The Stars episode: (archival)
May 20, 1994 - Masini - 30 min. - TV episode
This was a syndicated program.
The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "Hook And Ladder," "The Kid From Borneo," "Bedtime Worries," "Hi'-Neighbor!" "Shrimps For A Day," "Beginner's Luck," "Our Gang Follies Of 1936," "The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine," "The Pinch Singer," "Speed-O Bike," "Fox Movietone News," "General Spanky," "Reunion In Rhythm," both "News Of The Day" clips, "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," "Peck's Bad Boy With The Circus," "Waldo's Last Stand" and a home movie shot by Art Lloyd.

1995


1999

Laugh? I Thought I'd Die! (archival)
1999 - Reader's Digest - 112 min. - video
Includes footage from "Pay As You Exit."

2000

E! Mysteries & Scandals episode: The Little Rascal: Stymie (archival)
Apr. 24, 2000 - E! Entertainment Television - 30 min. - TV episode

2002

Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (appearance)
Feb. 5, 2002 - Jones/TCM - 89 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Pooch," "Wild Poses," "Hi'-Neighbor!" "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," "Alfalfa's Aunt" and "Clown Princes."
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (archival)
Mar. 10, 2002 - Margolis/SAG/TNT - 120 min. - TV special
E! True Hollywood Story episode: Curse Of The Little Rascals (archival)
Nov. 24, 2002 - E! Entertainment Television - 60 min. - TV documentary

2004

Hit Celebrity TV Commercials (archival)
Jan. 1, 2004 - Passport International 120 min. - TV movie
Includes footage from the Speed-O Byke theatrical advertisement.

2014

Hollywoods Spaßfabrik - Als die Bilder Lachen lernten (archival)
May 29, 2014 - Exit Film-und Fernsehproduktion-ZDF/ARTE - 90 min. - TV documentary
Also released in English as Hal Roach - The Lot Of Fun: Where The Movies Learned To Laugh. Includes footage from "Beginner's Luck," "Sprucin' Up" "Pay As You Exit," "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," the Speed-O-Byke ad, the Vittorio Mussolini newsreel clip and some home movie footage.

2017

The Florida Project (thanks)
prem. May 22, 2017 - Cre/Freestyle/June/Sweet Tomato/A24 - 111 min. - feature
Released Oct. 6, 2017. Spanky, along with Hal Roach, Bob McGowan and Gus Meins, was thanked by the director, as well as the 2017 director for continuing inspiration.

Spanky McFarland's payroll history

The following is a list of most of Spanky'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.

The last time I researched the payroll ledgers, I was going through the 1936 ledger, which starts at the end of the year and works its way back. Unfortunately, time was up on my last day before I got to the beginning weeks of the year, so for the time being, they are missing from this list. It was during this time that Second Childhood was filmed.


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