'Alfalfa' Was an Asshole
As a child, Carl Switzer physically injured other children and vandalized studio equipment on the Our Gang set.
Alcohol and "trouble with the law" followed after he became an adult.
He managed to be married long enough to sire an offspring but the mother changed the kid's surname and distanced him from Carl.
Somebody shot him once but no details available. He survived that.
But eventually he was shot in the nuts and died at 31 while threatening someone with a knife. The shooter got off on self-defense.
After Out Gang he never starred in anything but his filmography of bit parts was ling and steady until his death.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||06/25/2020|
He's the guy who opens the gym floor in It's a Wonderful Life.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/24/2019|
I read he liked to piss on the lighting equipment on the set of The Little Rascals so that when lights were turned on it filled the set with his stench. What a hilarious asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/24/2019|
He was always a motherfucking asshole. What a piece of shit loser!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/24/2019|
Sounds like a little rascal.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/24/2019|
He taught me all I know. If only he'd had an IG account to share the travails of faded child stardom, as I do, he might have survived..
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/24/2019|
R1, his name was Othello.
Wasn’t Harry Bailey a doll?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/24/2019|
[quote]his name was Othello.
His name was Freddie. The guy says "what's the matter, Othello, jealous?" because Freddie was so pissed that George stole his date.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/25/2019|
^ I believe he said "Lothario," not "Othello."
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/25/2019|
Is that Alfalfa's spawn at r11?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/25/2019|
R14-I'm pretty sure it was Othello. Back then, the average movie goer would have gotten the reference.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/25/2019|
He tortured his younger brother, Brussel.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/25/2019|
There's an interesting story about him later on when he became an adult. He was in a room with a group of men when a man with a trained bear showed up. He told 'Alfalfa' to put his face near the bear just to show him that the bear was tame and wouldn't hurt him. 'Alfalfa' refused so the man put him own face near the bear - and it bit into his face. He dodged a bullet on that one!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/25/2019|
^ Alfalfa knew a wild beast when he saw one.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/25/2019|
Spanky used to do things to poor Alfalfa. What things? Well, let's just say Spanky really lived up to his name on this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/25/2019|
Told you I was ourGANGSTA!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/25/2019|
R14 Sheesh all you want. He says Othello.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/25/2019|
He was handsome as an adult. Shame he couldn't work well with people or he might've gone further in Hollywood.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/26/2019|
Dionne Warwick actually recorded a hit song that was a musical tribute to the beloved, troubled little fella . . . . . . I'm sure you all remember it !
🎼 [italic] What's It All About, Alfalfie ?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/26/2019|
You had me at the thread title, OP !
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/26/2019|
R23 Cute kid however he became an ugly adult.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/26/2019|
^ Funny. I think he was a fug kid who became handsome as an adult.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/26/2019|
[quote]I believe he said "Lothario," not "Othello." —Sheesh!
You are completely wrong. Perhaps he refers to him as "Lothario" earlier, but in the scene in question - when he's about to open the gym floor - he specifically says "Othello" and it's specifically in reference to the fact that Freddie is seething with jealousy over Mary dancing with George.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/26/2019|
[quote]He was handsome as an adult.
You and I have different notions of "handsome," r23. Here's mine:
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/26/2019|
He was basically common white trash who had no conception of how to comport his life in an upstanding way. Most likely he was mentally ill, but back then no one looked into those sorts of things until things got so wild there was no other alternative, and then they just threw them into a mental institution and doped them up.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/26/2019|
R30 = Frances Farmer, who knows.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/26/2019|
Is the picture at R23 a young Cosmo Kramer ?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/26/2019|
What's the big deal? He was just a bratty little kid. Of course when he grew older his career waned and he was harassed by people who would razz him by saying "Hey Alfalfa, sing off key!" He died at age 31, shot during an argument with someone over a small amount of money (fifty dollars). A critic said "it was a sad ending for someone who'd brought so much laughter to others."
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/26/2019|
I imagine he had real shitty parents.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/26/2019|
He was a real loser, take it from me Scotty Beckett
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/26/2019|
^ Wow, that Scotty Beckett was a piece of work himself.
Seems some of these "little rascals" grew up to become legit rascals: Alfalfa, Beckett, Robert Blake...
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/27/2019|
Alfalfa has BDF for days in that pic R23.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/27/2019|
Did he have a freckled asshole?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/27/2019|
Some people couldn't cope. I did quite well.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||10/03/2019|
"Most likely he was mentally ill"
Um, yeah, nice try. He was the Redmond O'Neal of his day - an neglected punk, a ruffian, a sociopath, a criminal.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||10/03/2019|
Aw Miss Crabtree, you can call me Chubsy Ubsy
|by Anonymous||reply 41||10/07/2019|
Robert Blake grew up to be no walk in the park.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||11/29/2019|
In r23 he looks just like a guy I knew in high school who was a scary, aggressive asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/31/2020|
He is the most famous person from Paris.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/31/2020|
wasn't he also a low-level bagman for the mob, too? I read a post somewhere about it but it might have been bullshit.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||03/31/2020|
I suppose Butch was a real sweetie.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/31/2020|
Hes not gorgeous per se , but there was something sexy as hell about him as he aged . I agree he had BDF for days.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||03/31/2020|
[quote] Most likely he was mentally ill, but back then no one looked into those sorts of things until things got so wild there was no other alternative, and then they just threw them into a mental institution and doped them up.
Yeah, things are much better now that we let the mentally ill sit in the oval office instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/31/2020|
R47 Tommy Bond was friends with Alfalfa as a kid but went behind the scenes and lived in Fresno most of his life. All signs are that he was a very nice man and married to the same woman for like 50 years.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||03/31/2020|
He grabbed my no-no spot .
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/31/2020|
Learn that poem. Learn that poem.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||03/31/2020|
He raped my chubby anal hole .
|by Anonymous||reply 54||03/31/2020|
Was he the brother shown in a picture in White Christmas?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/31/2020|
R44, it's too bad the teachers couldn't just beat the shit out of those assholes; it's really the only thing they understand.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/31/2020|
He must've really pissed someone off to have gotten shot in the nuts.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/31/2020|
Butch grew up to be Jimmy Olsen in the Superman serials.
He also did behind the scenes work on Laugh In.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||03/31/2020|
Now that you mention it, Alfalfa did have crazy eyes. But he was a gas on that show.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/31/2020|
What become of Alfalfa's son? Did he have BDF, too?
DL sleuths, find out and report back with pics!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/31/2020|
About his ex-wife and son:
"Heiress of the grain elevator empire Collingwood Grain, Inc. and first wife of murdered Our Gang actor Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer who met and married the troubled child star on a blind date in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1954 and became the mother of his only known son Justin Lance Collingwood-Switzer, but the marriage lasted less than two years, ending in divorce in 1956."
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/24/2020|
I had no idea. I though Alfalfa was his only role then he disappeared into a sad, anonymous life.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/24/2020|
Child stars, probably big risk of being molested by pedos. That's why they end up completely fucked up.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/24/2020|
R63, there was a pedophile among the 'Our Gang' directors - Gus Meins, senior director for some sixteen of the films, 1934-36. I have no idea if he troubled any of the Rascals actors.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/24/2020|
Here he is with the kid Elizabeth Taylor in 1942. They also acted together four years later in one of those Lassie films.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/25/2020|
Robert Blake was once known as Bobby Blake.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/25/2020|
[quote] there was a pedophile among the 'Our Gang' directors - Gus Meins, senior director for some sixteen of the films, 1934-36. I have no idea if he troubled any of the Rascals actors.
No doubt he did. Pedos who find a way to work with children usually do.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/25/2020|
Alfalfa (Carl Switzer) had an older brother, Harold!
Harold also appeared in some of the Our Gang episodes, mostly as an extra.
And he had a turbulent adult life:
"Though not saddled with the same problems his younger brother was faced with due to being typecast as a "child star," Harold had his own problems. For several years, he operated a Speed Queen Company franchise, installing and servicing washers and dryers. In 1967, after killing a customer over a dispute, Switzer drove himself to a remote area near Glendale, California and committed suicide. He was 42.
Harold "Slim" Switzer is interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California, alongside his brother Carl."
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/25/2020|
Allen Hoskins's derogartory character, Farina, the archetypal pickanniny, belied his upper middle class, Boston bred upbringing.
Here he is, out of "costume" with his mother.
Hal Roach, the studio head, once said of Hoskins, "I think Farina particularly was one of the finest natural actors we had in the Gang. He could cry great big tears in just a few seconds. You’d think his heart was breaking then they’d cut the camera and he’d be back playing again."
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/25/2020|
He woulda been a upstanding citizen of Pottersville.
A guy who orders hard drinks to get drunk fast.
Not the kind trying to add "color" to the joint, if you know what I mean.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/25/2020|
He was probably passed around in Hollywood in order to stay in pictures and that messed him up.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/25/2020|
More details about his death with good photos of him.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/26/2020|
According to a witness who was a young teen at the time, Alfalfa wasn't killed in self defense:
The truth, or the closest thing to it, wasn’t disclosed until 2001, when a reporter took the testimony of a 14-year-old boy. Of course, Tommy Corrigan wasn’t 14 any more. He was 56, a San Fernando Valley character who dressed like a movie cowboy with a ten-gallon Stetson, and was owner and face of the western-themed Corrigan’s Steakhouse, the most popular eatery in the Valley. Tom Corrigan was Crash Corrigan’s son, and later, stepson to Bud Stiltz. He was the kid who was in the room when Alfalfa and Bud engaged in their fatal combat.
Tommy had just walked out the front door when he heard another shot. Then he saw Alfalfa, looking surprised as he fell back against the wall and slid to the floor, shot in the groin. “It was then,” Cason wrote, “Corrigan spotted a closed penknife at Alfie’s side, He figured it either fell out of his fist or his pocket.”
Meanwhile, Stiltz had Jack Piott backed up against the kitchen counter at gunpoint, shouting that he was next. Jack cried and begged for his life. Rita screamed at Bud not to shoot. The sirens were approaching. This time, Bud Stiltz backed off.
In this version, Alfie didn’t lunge with a knife. The gun didn’t go off in the heat of battle, or in self-defense. Tom Corrigan told Colleen Cason, “It was more like murder.”
|by Anonymous||reply 73||06/15/2020|
"According to his bride, money was scarce because Alfie never learned to read. “He was very bright but he needed help reading the scripts,” Dian Collingwood recalled many years later."
|by Anonymous||reply 74||06/15/2020|
He looks pretty hot here !
|by Anonymous||reply 75||06/15/2020|
His son, Justin Lance Collingwood-Switzwer (aka "Lance Switzer"), is a small time theater actor.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||06/16/2020|
^ Alfalfa's son Lance is also a fat lighting director.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||06/16/2020|
Alfalfa wore heavy makeup to play a 100 year old Indian in Track of the Cat (1954).
|by Anonymous||reply 78||06/18/2020|
Has Miss MacGillicuddy commented?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||06/18/2020|
I need a long, hot purifying shower after reading all of the above.
Arguably, this ranks among Datalounge's most depressing threads
|by Anonymous||reply 80||06/18/2020|
Close your eyes and think of Dickie Moore.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||06/18/2020|
"Alfalfa made most of his money between the ages of seven and twelve. His parents spent it all. As he grew into and out of his teens, he worked steadily in character roles with diminishing returns, always immediately and distractingly recognizable as Alfalfa."
Tell me about it!
|by Anonymous||reply 82||06/21/2020|
He never called me Spanky or George. He called me "Fat Fuck."
|by Anonymous||reply 83||06/21/2020|
Re: Robert Blake, Bobby Blake, Michael James "Mickey" Gubitosi. I have no doubt Mickey/Bobby was molested as a kid. Anybody who ever saw him on Carson during his "Baretta' days saw he had issues.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||06/21/2020|
R79, that's MISS CRABTREE!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 85||06/21/2020|
Seems like he enjoyed killing animals, which is usually not a sign of a nice person.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||06/22/2020|
Another Alfalfa in trouble
|by Anonymous||reply 87||06/25/2020|