And then I never saw him again. Shortly before 7 p.m. that evening, January 21, 1959, Switzer and Piott went to Rita Corrigan's home in Mission Hills, where Stiltz was staying, to collect the $50 ($400 today) they felt Stiltz owed Switzer. Our Gang's Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Killed over $50 and a Hunting Dog. We talked about all the things you’d expect. Switzer had small parts in both the 1946 Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life as Mary Hatch's (Donna Reed) date at a high school dance in the film's beginning and again in the 1948 film On Our Merry Way as the mayor's son, a trumpet player in a fixed musical talent contest. He signed both brothers to appear in Our Gang. In 1956, with his money running out and Diantha pregnant, his mother-in-law offered them a farm near Pretty Prairie, Kansas. While the boys got along, their fathers argued constantly over their sons' screen time and salaries. Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer was the most famous and popular member of the Little Rascals comedy shorts series. I don’t say I make a lot of money, but it’s a good living and I’m booked up for nearly all the time.”. [3], Switzer's tenure on Our Gang ended in 1940, when he was twelve. Stiltz said Switzer drew a knife and Stiltz shot him in the abdomen the latter said.” As things turned out, the shooting was judged as being in self-defense, even though what Stiltz described as a hunting knife turned out to be a penknife. During other seasons, he hunts for mountain lion, deer, wild boar and raccoon.”, Interestingly, bear hunting led him to an encounter with filmmaker “Wild Bill Wellman,” who hired him to work on the John Wayne film Island in the Sky. In March 1954 he was arrested for disorderly conduct and drunkenness in a hotel bar. He would often play cruel jokes on the other actors and hold up filming with his antics. Coincidentally, Switzer appeared as a slave (uncredited) in the last film for which DeMille was credited as a director, The Ten Commandments. "It was more like murder," Corrigan told reporters. Later that December, Switzer was arrested in Sequoia National Forest for cutting down 15 pine trees and sentenced to one year's probation. 1993 Little Rascals -Alfalfa 1 of 10 in series All heads, arms & legs are crafted of fine, hand-painted bisque porcelain Product information Package Dimensions 15.1 x 8.6 x 3.5 inches Item Weight 1.25 pounds ASIN B00I8NZSJ4 Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up He also guest-starred in an episode of the American science fiction anthology series Science Fiction Theatre and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Corrigan said they heard emergency sirens as Piott begged for his life, and that he thought this was the only reason Stiltz did not kill Piott. Switzer forced Stiltz into a closet, although Stiltz had regained his revolver. After leaving the series in 1940, Switzer struggled to find substantial roles owing to typecasting. Carl Switzer was born in Paris, Illinois in 1927. When I came through town, he heard about it and called. Corrigan said his two younger sisters ran to a neighbor's house to call for help. THE LITTLE RASCALS/OUR GANG COMEDIES, Spanky McFarland, Alfalfa Switzer, in ‘Glove Taps’ 1937. He said he then saw his stepfather shove Piott against the kitchen counter and threaten to kill him too. Several generations grew up watching these funny, talented kids in dozens of short subjects in the 1930s. The Little Rascals. Switzer had an uncredited role as Auggie in the 1943 film The Human Comedy. Her latest career pursuit is mystery writing, and she reads a work in progress for Alfalfa's dad. Some of his credits include Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1942), Johnny Doughboy (also 1942, co-starring Spanky), The Great Mike (1944) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Spanky and the club members are concerned about him, because Alfalfa has to participate to the annual go-karts race, so they sabotage his romantic dinner with Darla, that even burns down completely the club. Corrigan said that Switzer grabbed the revolver and Stiltz and Switzer struggled over it. Plot – Spanky and Alfalfa are best friends, founders of the "Woman Haters Club". Once inside, he and Stiltz began to argue. The TV series began in 1955, 11 years after Our Gang had ended. A sister Janice was born in 1923 and a brother Harold was born in 1925. Corrigan's mother, Rita Corrigan, opened the door to find a drunk Switzer, complaining about a perceived month-old debt and demanding repayment. Police told TMZ a member of Hall’s family called asking for a “status check” on the 35-year-old actor, who was reportedly staying in a local hotel. Switzer's last starring roles were in a brief series of imitation Bowery Boys movies. "42 Years Ago: A friend recalls the death of Our Gang's Alfalfa". White children and Black children played and laughed together, free from the complicated adult world. Corrigan said he saw a closed penknife at Switzer's side, which he presumed fell out of his pocket or his hand. But it was in his personal life that things started taking some odd turns. In the 1950s, Switzer turned to television. [3], In early 1954, Switzer went on a blind date with Diantha (Dian) Collingwood, heiress of grain elevator empire Collingwood Grain. In September of the same year, his appendix burst, which resulted in his being rushed to the hospital in what, for a time, was actually a serious situation. In an interview for the book The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang, Spanky (George McFarland preferred to be called that name) recalled, “The last time I saw Carl was 1957. The next year, he had a supporting role in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. But I’d like to keep up my other business, too. Producer Hal Roach was present and was impressed. He was just Carl Switzer — kind of cocky, a little antsy — and I thought to myself he hadn’t changed that much. I’m a guy who likes to eat and I found I couldn’t do it without working. Switzer married in 1954 and had one son before divorcing in 1957. ‘The glass sprayed into my face and I felt a sharp sting in the upper part of my arm. However, Switzer was known for being abrasive and difficult on the set. Little Rascals Season show reviews & Metacritic score: Alfalfa's aunt comes for a visit. Switzer's gravestone features the square and compass of Freemasonry and an image of a hunting dog, reflecting his dog-training hunting-guide interests at the time of his death. In 2001, Stiltz’s son, Tom Corrigan, claimed that it was murder, but by that time the older man had already died. NORTH HOLLYWOOD Calif. Jan. 21 (AP) - Carl Switzer, freckle-faced Alfalfa of the "Our Gang" comedy series, was shot and killed tonight by a friend in an apparent argument over money, the police said. Things didn’t really improve a lot from there. Switzer grabbed the gun, resulting in a shot being fired that struck the ceiling. He later became a dog breeder and hunting guide. The Dispatch of Moines, Illinois described what happened as follows: “Police said the shooting occurred during an argument with another man over money … Police said Switzer had gone to the home of a friend, M.S. As he told the Long Beach Independent, “I look just like I did when I was a kid and it’s hard for a child actor to start working again. Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer was the most popular star of the classic Our Gang comedies. 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1937 It’s debatable — I’m trying to maintain my optimism. In 1956, he co-starred in The Bowery Boys film Dig That Uranium followed by a bit part as a Hebrew slave in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. A few days later, a man found the dog and brought it to the Studio City bar where Switzer then worked. Alfalfa from 'Little Rascals' Movies Arrested for Huffing Air Duster 'Little Rascals' Movies 'Alfalfa' Arrested For Huffing Air Duster. He just grew up.”. Corrigan said he agreed to, but he was never called before the court. "Death of a Little Rascal: After 40 years, eyewitness tells how Alfalfa died". He was just Carl Switzer—kind of cocky, a little antsy—and I thought to myself he hadn't changed that much. He told me he was helping to run the farm, but he finally had to put a radio on the tractor while he was out there plowing. Switzer allegedly pulled a knife and screamed, "I'm going to kill you!" "He didn't have to kill him," Corrigan said decades later.[11]. We talked about all the things you'd expect. Join us as we take a… With all of the attention paid to him, Carl was very much overlooked. [7] However, the gunman was never caught. For generations, Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Porky and friends have charmed audiences as “The Little Rascals,” our “Our Gang” as they were originally known. Hal Roach’s Little Rascals, (from left): George ‘Spanky’ McFarland, Billie ‘Buckwheat’ Thomas, Eugene ‘Porky’ Lee, Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer, Darla Hood on-set, ca. Carl had married this girl whose father owned a pretty good sized farm near Wichita. ‘The Little Rascals’: Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer Was the Target of a Shooting a Year Before His Murder Alfalfa, the Bear Hunter!. Switzer continued to appear in films in various supporting roles, including in Johnny Doughboy (1942), Going My Way (1944), and The Great Mike (1944). It had been found by crime scene investigators under his body. Switzer paid the man $35 and bought him $15 worth of drinks. Switzer had agreed to train a hunting dog for Moses Samuel Stiltz. Cason, Colleen. Although Carl was an experienced singer and musician, his character Alfalfa was often called upon to sing off-key renditions of popular songs for comic effect, most often those of Bing Crosby. He spent five years as part of the Little Rascals, or as they were known on the big screen, Our Gang, from 1935 to 1940. Dell Comics published a 12-issue Little Rascals comic book series from 1957 to 1962. I had some of my own hounds and I became acquainted with Roy Rogers at various dog workouts. Moses Stiltz died in 1983 at the age of 62. Stiltz retreated to his bedroom and returned with a .38-caliber revolver. Brandon Hall is a Texas native who found his fame at age nine when 1994’s The Little Rascals hit theaters that summer. He said he then turned and saw Switzer sliding down the wall with a surprised look on his face after Stiltz had shot him. [4] Switzer's best friend among the Our Gang actors was Tommy Bond, who played his on-screen nemesis "Butch". It was a tough time for me—and him. Knowing Carl, I knew that wasn’t going to last. Then, in October, his wife of three years — Dian Collingwood, with whom he had had one child — sued him for divorce. He may have come from Paris, Illinois, but he wasn’t a farmer. Knowing Carl, I knew that wasn't going to last. Over the next couple of years, acting roles would come in here and there, including an impressive turn in the 1954 film Track of the Cat, in which he plays a 75-year-old Indian in makeup — which garnered him some respect. Switzer said, "I want that fifty bucks you owe me now, and I mean now." In January 1959, he was fatally shot by an acquaintance in a dispute over money. The actress who played the rascals’ favorite teacher, Miss Crabtree has been a big name in the movie universe since the… The brothers first appeared in the 1935 Our Gang short Beginner's Luck. He said Piott broke a glass-domed clock over Stiltz's head, causing Stiltz's eye to swell shut. His name was Carl Switzer, born in 1927. Collingwood had moved with her mother and sister to California in 1953 because her sister wanted to become an actress. Over the next couple of … [3] Alfalfa also sported a cowlick. They have one child. He soon had a thriving business of leading bear-hunting parties during the fall open season. During the struggle, a shot was fired into the ceiling and Corrigan was struck in the leg by a fragment. He staked me to a set of hounds so I could go in to business as a bear hunter.”, Here’s how The Courier News of Blytheville, Arkansas described what he was up to: “Carl set up headquarters at Avery’s, a tiny community in the mountains about 50 miles from Stockton, California. Stiltz, Wednesday night in an effort to collect a $50 loan. Switzer's final film role was in the 1958 drama The Defiant Ones. He just grew up. PG | 1h 22min | Comedy, Family, Romance | 5 August 1994 (USA) Alfalfa is wooing Darla and his "He-Man-Woman-Hating" friends attempt to sabotage the relationship. '” He dropped to the floor of the car and waited, eventually making his way to a bar to ask for help. When Stiltz refused to hand the money over, the men began to fight. Although he managed to score subsequent acting gigs, they were mostly small parts, largely because while he was older, he still looked pretty much as he did back in those shorts. Switzer began his career as a child actor in the mid-1930s appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as "Alfalfa", one of the series' most popular and best-remembered characters. Corrigan said Switzer entered the house followed by Jack Piott and said he was going to beat up Stiltz, and Stiltz confronted Switzer with a .38-caliber revolver in his hand. [3], In 1987, former Our Gang co-star George "Spanky" McFarland recalled a meeting with Switzer when they spoke about the farm:[3]. Bug Hall, the actor who played Alfalfa in the 90’s movie The Little Rascals, has been arrested.According to gossip website TMZ, Hall was arrested in Texas over the weekend after police officers responded to a call about a possible OD.“One of Bug’s family members actually called in asking the police to check on him. After making her acting debut as the adorable Darla in The Little Rascals, Brittany only turned in a few more performances, including a 1995 episode … While sightseeing, they went to Hal Roach Studios. RELATED: Here’s What Happened to Spanky from ‘The Little Rascals’ as Told by a Close Friend. Both sang and could play a number of instruments. His first role after leaving the series was as co-star in the 1941 comedy Reg'lar Fellers. Said Carl, “I wouldn’t mind doing more pictures. Director Cecil B. Demille (who had shot both versions of The Ten Commandments, among other big-screen epics) died the same day. And then I never saw him again. He repeatedly denied that he shot Switzer, who was wounded Sunday night … Detective Ernest Johnson said Switzer had been dating Butler’s ex-wife, Susan, and added that this might have been a motive for the otherwise senseless shooting. (Weatherford PD) Police records show that Hall was placed under arrest for possession for use to inhale or ingest a volatile chemical. He even wanted to fight them and did manage to kick Officer Robert MacClure during the booking procedure at the police station, the report added. The oldest brother died in 1922. As an adult, he appeared mainly in bit parts and B-movies. See full bio » In 1952, he played a busboy in the film Pat and Mike starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Carl had married this girl whose father owned a pretty good size farm near Wichita. Actor Bug Hall, who is best known for playing Alfalfa in the 1994 film “The Little Rascals,” was arrested Saturday in Weatherford, Texas, after police received a call about a possible overdose. (Note; the series was originally called Our Gang and was later changed to The Little Rascals, which is how most fans refer to it today.) It’s a problem that’s plagued young performers since pretty much the advent of movies, but Carl would try to make the best of the hand he was dealt — though it would all ultimately have a tragic end with his murder. He was best known for his role as Alfalfa in the short subjects series Our Gang. In January 1958, Switzer was getting into his car in front of a bar in Studio City, when a bullet smashed through the window and struck him in the upper right arm. Perhaps the most familiar Little Rascals character was Spanky McFarland, who literally grew up on camera during the run of the series. Switzer allegedly struck Stiltz with a glass-domed clock, which caused him to bleed from his left eye. I was starting a tour of theme parks and county fairs in the Midwest. His older brother, Harold Switzer, was also in the original show. Corrigan said his stepfather lied in his account of the event before the coroner's jury. The detectives said Butler was also arrested last September and booked on suspicion of assault with intent to murder.”. Fearing Switzer was about to attack, Stiltz shot him in the groin. In the latter he played Donna Reed’s date until James Stewart’s George Bailey shows up. In 1953 and 1954, Switzer co-starred in three William A. Wellman-directed films: Island in the Sky and The High and the Mighty, both starring John Wayne, and Track of the Cat, starring Robert Mitchum. He told me he was helping to run the farm, but he finally had to put a radio on the tractor while he was out there plowing. By the end of 1937, Switzer's "Alfalfa" had surpassed the series' nominal star, George "Spanky" McFarland, in popularity. He died on January 21, 1959, the victim of a killer's bullet as he and another man argued over a lost hunting dog. Switzer and Collingwood got along well and married in Las Vegas three months later. Between 1952 and 1955, he made six appearances on The Roy Rogers Show. It was hugely influential, inspiring many imitations, though none reached the popularity of The Little Rascals. So we had lunch. In Bond's words, he and Switzer became good friends because "neither of us could replace the other since we played opposites." He would later become known as "Alfalfa", a character he played on the Hal Roach produced series of film shorts called Our Gang, known later in syndication as The Little Rascals. He was best known for his role as Alfalfa in the short subjects series Our Gang. You might remember Alfalfa as the kid who sang off-key in “The Little Rascals” and “Our Gang” TV series. Here’s What Happened to Spanky from ‘The Little Rascals’ as Told by a Close Friend, Here’s What Happened to the Kids from ‘The Little Rascals ‘ 2020. Carl Dean Switzer (August 7, 1927 – January 21, 1959) was an American singer, child actor, dog breeder and guide. [10], Corrigan said a Los Angeles Police Department detective interviewed him and asked if he would testify before the judge. I’ve never played a part over 19. [9] During the inquest regarding Switzer's death, it was revealed that what was reported as a "hunting knife" was in fact a penknife. In those classic comedy shorts he was best friends with George McFarland’s Spanky and best guy to sweetie Darla Hood. He still talked big. Of Scottish and German ancestry,[2] he was named Carl Dean after a member of the Switzer family and many relatives on his grandmother's side (respectively). Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer died at age 31, and even in death he probably would have felt cheated by Hollywood. By the end of the year, Alfalfa was one of the main characters, while Harold had been relegated to the background. Several days later, Switzer and his friend Jack Piott, a 37-year-old unit still photographer, decided that Moses Stiltz should repay Switzer the reward money for the dog. He is an actor, known for The Little Rascals (1994), Baby Driver (2017) and The Stupids (1996). By this time Switzer was downplaying his earlier Our Gang work. Reported The Los Angeles Times, “The banjo-eyed, freckle-faced actor became involved in an argument with a bar patron and wanted to fight, according to police. Following a public tour, 8-year-old Harold and 6-year-old Carl entered the Hal Roach Studio's open-to-the-public cafeteria, the Our Gang Café, and began an impromptu performance. If this doesn’t do it for me, nothing will.” His last film role would be in the Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier film The Defiant Ones, released in 1958. The last time I saw Carl was 1957. He reprised his "Alfalfa" character, complete with comically sour vocals, in PRC's Gas House Kids comedies in 1946 and 1947. Corrigan said he had just stepped out the front door when he heard, but did not witness, a second shot behind him. Officers used force to subdue him and Switzer later asked that an X-ray be taken of him for injuries he said he suffered in the scuffle.”. Over 42 years later, however, on January 25, 2001, a third witness came forward and gave his version. “Don’t get me wrong,” Carl said in 1953, “I didn’t quit Hollywood. In his 1946 resume, he referred to the films generically as "M-G-M short product".[3]. A former child star from the '90s is in trouble with the law, as The Little Rascals actor Brandon "Bug" Hall was recently arrested. I was starting a tour of theme parks and country fairs in the Midwest. Born in Paris, Illinois, both boys had musical talent. The dog was lost, having run after a bear, and Switzer offered a $35 reward for its return. Stiltz later testified before the coroner's jury that Switzer had banged on the front door, saying, "Let me in, or I'll kick in the door." Detectives Louis Bell and Ernest Johnson said Stiltz told them that an argument had developed and Switzer hit him on the head with a clock. In segregated 1920s and 1930s America, Our Gang was revolutionary in promoting an image of racial harmony. He has been married to Jill DeGroff since February 11, 2017. 248.5K; 6/23/2020 7:46 AM PT "Switzer Name History, Name Meaning and Family Crest", "Pretty Prairie's 'Rascal':Carl Switzer, best known as Alfalfa on and off the "Little Rascals" set, had Kansas connection", "The Life and Death of Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer,", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Carl_%22Alfalfa%22_Switzer&oldid=994888866, Short description is different from Wikidata, Turner Classic Movies person ID same as Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Episode: "George Gets Call from Unknown Victor", This page was last edited on 18 December 2020, at 01:52. It all came to an end on January 21, 1959 when Carl was shot to death. Switzer was also ordered to pay a $225 fine ($2,000 today). Bug Hall-Barnett, best known as Alfalfa in 1994's 'Little Rascals,' arrested for 'huffing'. Stiltz got a gun and it fired harmlessly while they struggled. Their son, Justin Lance Collingwood Switzer[5] (now Eldridge),[6] was born that year. Length: 95 minutes Producer: Michael King and Bill Oakes Director: Penelope Spheeris Photography: Richard Bowen Editor: Ross Albert and Peter Tescher Music: William Ross Titles: None Writer: Penelope Spheeris, Robert Wolterstorff, Michael Scott, Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur Released: August 5, 1994 Studio: Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures Distributor:Universal Studios Home Entertainment Like many of his Little Rascals co-stars, Carl Switzer — more popularly known as Alfalfa — had a really difficult time transitioning from child star to more adult roles. Rascals ' Movies 'Alfalfa ' arrested for 'huffing ' shot being fired that struck ceiling. Las Vegas three months later. [ 11 ] fell out of his pocket or hand... 1935 Our Gang had ended up on camera during the run of the main characters, while Harold been. 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