Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas


This filmography was made in collaboration with Matthew Lydick.


full name: William Thomas, Jr.
family nickname: Billie or Billy
professional nickname: Buckwheat
childhood nickname among friends at the studio: Bucky
adult nickname: Bill
born Mar. 12, 1931, in Los Angeles, CA
died Oct. 10, 1980, in Los Angeles, CA, of natural causes


Special note: The variation in the family nickname between "Billie" and "Billy" is largely due to the 2010 book "Otay! The Billy 'Buckwheat' Thomas Story," which was written by Buckwheat's son, William Thomas Jr., along with David W. Menefee. It stands to reason that Bill Jr. would know the way his father's nickname was spelled within the family, and his own childhood nickname may have been spelled the same way. However, relevant contemporary sources (casting directories and the onscreen credit given in "General Spanky") present the nickname as Billie. Because of this, I'm treating this spelling as part of his professional name and therefore list him this way throughout my website.

Also of note: I've found a couple of newspaper articles from 1979 that claim Billie's middle name to be Henry, but I haven't verified this.

Also of note: The date of Buckwheat's death is a bit fuzzy, since October 10th was the day that police discovered him dead in his home. However, they were there because neighbors were concerned that they hadn't seen him for some period of days. Coroner's investigator Philip Spada determined that Buckwheat had been dead for two or three days, and attributed the death to natural causes, possibly a heart attack.


1933


1934

127. For Pete's Sake! (small part)
Apr. 14, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-20 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 23 to Mar. 3, 1934. ©Apr. 4, 1934.
128. The First Round-Up (bit part)
May 5, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-21 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 19 to 24, 1934. ©May 1, 1934.
131. Washee Ironee (small part)
©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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
©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 (supporting role)
©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.
134. Anniversary Trouble (supporting role: Buckwheat)
©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 (supporting role)
©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 (supporting 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 (small part)
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!
139. Little Papa (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Sep. 21, 1935 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-32 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 3 to 10, 1935. ©Aug. 20, 1935.
140. Little Sinner (featured role: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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.
Hearst Metrotone News (appearance)
Dec. 1935 - Hearst - 1 reel - newsreel
Featuring the Our Gang kids.

1936

143. The Pinch Singer (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Feb. 8, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-36 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 18 to 25, 1935. ©Feb. 6, 1936.
138. The Lucky Corner (featured role: Buckwheat)
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 (small part)
Apr. 11, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-37 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 1936. ©Mar. 17, 1936.
145. Arbor Day (supporting role)
May 2, 1936 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-38 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 12 to 18, 1936. ©Apr. 9, 1936.
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 (supporting 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.
147. Two Too Young (supporting role: Buckwheat)
©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 (supporting role: Buckwheat aka Professor)
©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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
©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)
Jan. 9, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 9 to 14, 1936. ©Jan. 14, 1937.
152. Glove Taps (featured role: Buckwheat)
©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. Several of the kids, including Buckwheat, came down with the flu during the filming of this short.
153. Hearts Are Thumps (featured role: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
July 24, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-11 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 22 to 30, 1937. ©Aug. 18, 1937. Buckwheat takes part in singing "Home, Sweet Home."
158. Fishy Tales (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
©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 (small part: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat aka Cab Buckwheat)
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. Buckwheat takes part in singing "The Love Bug Will Bite You (If You Don't Watch Out)."

1938

163. Canned Fishing (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat aka Buck)
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)
Apr. 16, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-19 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 21 to 25, 1938. ©Apr. 12, 1938.
167. Feed 'Em And Weep (use of photo)
May 7, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-20 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 4 to 7, 1938. ©May 11, 1938.
168. The Awful Tooth (supporting role: Buckwheat)
May 28, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-21 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 12 to 16, 1938. ©May 26, 1938.
169. Hide And Shriek (featured role: Buckwheat aka X6 1/2)
June 18, 1938 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-22 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 11 to 14, 1938. ©June 16, 1938.
170. The Little Ranger (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Aug. 6, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2566 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 20 to 25, 1938. ©Aug. 10, 1938.
171. Party Fever (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Aug. 27, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2568 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 5 to 9, 1938. ©Aug. 25, 1938.
172. Aladdin's Lantern (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Sep. 17, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2573 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 20 to 26, 1938. ©Sep. 14, 1938. Along with Porky, Buckwheat sings "While Strolling In The Park One Day (The Fountain In The Park)."
173. Men In Fright (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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)
Nov. 12, 1938 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2589 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 19 to 24, 1938. ©Nov. 16, 1938.
175. Practical Jokers (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
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)
Mar. 11, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2610 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 22 to 26, 1939. ©Mar. 9, 1939.
179. Clown Princes (supporting role)
Apr. 15, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2613 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 13 to 17, 1939. ©Apr. 12, 1939.
180. Cousin Wilbur (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Apr. 29, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2618 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 13 to 17, 1939. ©May 4, 1939.
181. Joy Scouts (supporting role)
June 24, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2630 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 17 to 21, 1939. ©June 24, 1939.
182. Dog Daze (featured role: Buckwheat)
July 1, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2631 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 1 to 5, 1939. ©July 13, 1939.
183. Auto Antics (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role)
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)
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: Buckwheat)
Dec. 2, 1939 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2655 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 25 to 28, 1939. ©Dec. 5, 1939. Buckwheat takes part in singing "Boola Boola." Working title: Learn To Play.

1940

187. Alfalfa's Double (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat)
Mar. 9, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2669 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 11 to 14, 1939. ©Mar. 13, 1940.
190. All About Hash (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Mar. 30, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2674 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 10 to 13, 1940. ©Apr. 5, 1940.
191. The New Pupil (small part: Buckwheat)
Apr. 27, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2677 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 7 to 10, 1940. ©Apr. 22, 1940.
188. Bubbling Troubles (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Oct. 5, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2686 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 22 to 25, 1940. ©Oct. 2, 1940. Buckwheat takes part in singing "How Dry I Am" and "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes."
192. Goin' Fishin' (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Oct. 26, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2680 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 22 to 26, 1940. ©Oct. 16, 1940.
195. Kiddie Kure (supporting role)
Nov. 23, 1940 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2687 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 27 to 31, 1940. ©Nov. 11, 1940.

1941

196. Fightin' Fools (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Jan. 25, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2696 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 26 to 31, 1940. ©Dec. 30, 1940.
197. Baby Blues (supporting role)
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 (supporting role)
Mar. 18, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2716 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 13 to 16, 1941. ©Mar. 13, 1941. Buckwheat takes part in singing "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny" and "Auld Lang Syne."
200. 1-2-3-Go! (supporting role:Buckwheat)
Apr. 26, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2710 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 3 to 6, 1940. ©Apr. 30, 1941.
201. Robot Wrecks (supporting role:Buckwheat)
July 12, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2732 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 6 to 9, 1941. ©July 15, 1941.
202. Helping Hands (supporting role)
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 (supporting role)
Oct. 25, 1941 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2720 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 28 to 31, 1941. ©Oct. 14, 1941.
203. Wedding Worries (supporting 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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Jan. 24, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2755 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 29 to 31, 1941. ©Dec. 23, 1941. Buckwheat takes part in singing "While Strolling Through The Park One Day" and "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo'bye)."
205. Going To Press (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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 (lead role: Buckwheat)
Apr. 4, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2752 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 8 to 14, 1941. ©Apr. 14, 1942.
Mokey (supporting role: Brother Cumby)
Apr. 1942 - MGM - 9 reels - feature
Filmed approx. Dec. 1941 to Jan. 1942. ©Mar. 24, 1942. Credited as William "Buckwheat" Thomas. Starring Dan Dailey Jr., Donna Reed and Bobby Blake. Working title: Mokey Delano.
207. Surprised Parties (supporting role: Buckwheat)
May 30, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2770 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 5 to 10, 1942. ©May 28, 1942.
208. Doin' Their Bit (supporting 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 (supporting role: Bucky)
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 (supporting role: Buckwheat)
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: Buckwheat aka Mr. Buckwheat aka Bucky)
Nov. 28, 1942 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2794 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 26 to 29, 1942. ©Dec. 8, 1942.
Whistling In Dixie (role: the black boy)
prem. Dec. 10, 1942 - MGM - 8 reels - Red Skelton feature
©Sep. 2, 1942. Released Dec. 1942.

1943

212. Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (featured role: Buckwheat)
Jan. 30, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2795 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 3 to 6, 1942. ©Jan. 28, 1943.
213. Family Troubles (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Apr. 3, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2798 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 12 to 17, 1942 ©Apr. 1, 1943.
215. Calling All Kids (supporting role)
Apr. 24, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2810 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 28 to 31, 1942. ©Apr. 13, 1943.
Heavenly Music (small part: Gabriel)
May 1, 1943 - MGM - 2 reels - Special
©Apr. 21, 1943.
216. Farm Hands (featured role: Buckwheat)
June 19, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2819 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 21 to 27, and Dec. 11 to 12, 1942. ©June 23, 1943.
Honeymoon Lodge (role: Blaney Lewis)
July 23, 1943 - Universal - 7 reels - feature
©July 28, 1943. Starring Harriet Hilliard, David Bruce, June Vincent, Rod Cameron and Franklin Pangborn. Working title: Second Honeymoon.
214. Election Daze (supporting role: Buckwheat)
July 31, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2805 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 1 to 4, 1943. ©July 30, 1943.
217. Little Miss Pinkerton (featured role: Buckwheat)
Sep. 18, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2830 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 3 to 16, 1943. ©Sep. 14, 1943.
218. Three Smart Guys (featured role: Buckwheat)
Oct. 23, 1943 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2844 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 13 to 18, 1943. ©Oct. 20, 1943.

1944

219. Radio Bugs (featured role)
Apr. 1, 1944 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2860 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 22 to 25, 1943. ©Mar. 19, 1944.
221. Tale Of A Dog (featured role: Buckwheat Thomas)
Apr. 15, 1944 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2866 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 4 to 7, 1943. ©Apr. 13, 1944. Released as an MGM Miniature.
220. Dancing Romeo (supporting role: Buckwheat)
Apr. 29, 1944 - MGM - 1 reel - prod. 2861 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 18 to 26, 1943. ©Apr. 29, 1944.

1945

Colorado Pioneers (role: Smokey)
Nov. 14, 1945 - Republic - 6 reels - Red Ryder feature
©Oct. 29, 1945. Credited as Buckwheat Thomas. Starring Wild Bill Elliott. Also featuring Bobby Blake.

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1956


1958


1959

Little Rascals Varieties (archival)
May 5, 1959 - Allied Artists - 63 min. - compilation feature

1960


1962


1964


1968


1969


They don't specify which one, but Maltin & Bann mention a Buckwheat imposter who had a feature story in Ebony, and guested on Steve Allen's talk show, as well as "I've Got A Secret."


1970


1971


1974

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

1975


1976


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 "For Pete's Sake!" "Shrimps For A Day," "Beginner's Luck," "Sprucin' Up," "The Lucky Corner," "Divot Diggers," "Second Childhood," "Bored Of Education," "Two Too Young," "Spooky Hooky," "Reunion In Rhythm," "Hearts Are Thumps," "Rushin' Ballet," "Roamin' Holiday," "Framing Youth," "The Pigskin Palooka," "Mail And Female," "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," "Bear Facts" and "Three Men In A Tub."

1979


1980


1981


1982

Hollywood: The Gift Of Laughter (archival)
May 16, 1982 - Wolper/Haley/MPA/ABC - 135 min. - TV movie
Includes footage from "Hearts Are Thumps."

1983


1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (interview appearance/archival)
May 8, 1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "For Pete's Sake!" "Mama's Little Pirate," "Teacher's Beau," "Sprucin' Up," "Little Sinner," "Bored Of Education," "Two Too Young," "Spooky Hooky," "Glove Taps," "Hearts Are Thumps," "Rushin' Ballet," "Night 'N' Gales," "Framing Youth," "The Pigskin Palooka," "Mail And Female," "Our Gang Follies Of 1938," "Canned Fishing," "Three Men In A Tub," "The Little Ranger," "The Big Premiere," "Kiddie Kure," "Ye Olde Minstrels," "Tale Of A Dog" and 1980 footage from Our Gang reunion.
Going Hollywood: The '30s (archival)
1984 - Castle Hill - 76 min. - TV documentary

1986

Classic Comedy Teams (archival)
1986 - Bergamn-Harris/Movietime/GoodTimes - 108 min. - video
Includes footage from "Our Gang Follies Of 1938."

1987


1988

Hollywood Scandals And Tragedies (use of photo)
1988 - Gorgon - 87 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "Our Gang Follies Of 1938."

1989


1990

To Tell The Truth episode: Bill Thomas Junior/Jamie White (archival)
late 1990 - Goodson/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode
Buckwheat's son appeared on this episode, with archival footage of Buckwheat.

1991


1992


1993

Mo' Funny: Black Comedy In America (archival)
Feb. 9, 1993 - HBO - 90 min. - TV documentary

1994

Hal Roach: Hollywood's King Of Laughter (appearance/archival)
Apr. 7, 1994 - RHI/Disney Channel - 49 min. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "Our Gang Follies Of 1938."
The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "Shrimps For A Day," "Beginner's Luck," "Our Gang Follies Of 1936," "The Pinch Singer," "Fox Movietone News," "Reunion In Rhythm," both "News Of The Day" clips and "Waldo's Last Stand."

1995


1996


1999

Laugh? I Thought I'd Die! (archival)
1999 - Reader's Digest - 112 min. - video
Includes footage from "Hearts Are Thumps."

2002

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

TV In Black: The First Fifty Years (archival)
Jan. 20, 2004 - Multicom-Passport/Koch - 100 min. - video documentary

2007


2014


2017

Cinecittà Babilonia: Sex, Drugs And Black Shirts (archival)
June 14, 2017 - Istituto Luce Cinecittà - 72 min. - documentary feature
Made in Italy.

2019


Buckwheat Thomas's payroll history

The following is a list of most of Buckwheat'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, it would be three weeks before Billie returned to the studio.

After this, it would be six and a half months before Billie returned to the studio.

After this, it would be nearly a month and a half before Billie returned to the studio.

After this, it would be about three weeks before Buckwheat returned to the studio.

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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