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'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.

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by Anonymousreply 8706/25/2020

He's the guy who opens the gym floor in It's a Wonderful Life.

by Anonymousreply 109/24/2019

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 Anonymousreply 209/24/2019

Alfalfa went to seed.

by Anonymousreply 309/24/2019

o-tay!

by Anonymousreply 409/24/2019

He was always a motherfucking asshole. What a piece of shit loser!

by Anonymousreply 509/24/2019

Sounds like a little rascal.

by Anonymousreply 609/24/2019

He was a real cowlick.

by Anonymousreply 709/24/2019

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 Anonymousreply 809/24/2019

He was fabulous.

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by Anonymousreply 909/24/2019

R1, his name was Othello.

Wasn’t Harry Bailey a doll?

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by Anonymousreply 1009/24/2019

Oh yeah?

Well guess what, OP?

I'm STILL an asshole!

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by Anonymousreply 1109/24/2019

See?

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by Anonymousreply 1209/24/2019

[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 Anonymousreply 1309/25/2019

^ I believe he said "Lothario," not "Othello."

by Anonymousreply 1409/25/2019

Is that Alfalfa's spawn at r11?

by Anonymousreply 1509/25/2019

R14-I'm pretty sure it was Othello. Back then, the average movie goer would have gotten the reference.

by Anonymousreply 1609/25/2019

He tortured his younger brother, Brussel.

by Anonymousreply 1709/25/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1809/25/2019

^ Alfalfa knew a wild beast when he saw one.

by Anonymousreply 1909/25/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2009/25/2019

Told you I was ourGANGSTA!

by Anonymousreply 2109/25/2019

R14 Sheesh all you want. He says Othello.

by Anonymousreply 2209/25/2019

He was handsome as an adult. Shame he couldn't work well with people or he might've gone further in Hollywood.

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by Anonymousreply 2309/26/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2409/26/2019

You had me at the thread title, OP !

by Anonymousreply 2509/26/2019

R23 Cute kid however he became an ugly adult.

by Anonymousreply 2609/26/2019

^ Funny. I think he was a fug kid who became handsome as an adult.

by Anonymousreply 2709/26/2019

[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 Anonymousreply 2809/26/2019

[quote]He was handsome as an adult.

You and I have different notions of "handsome," r23. Here's mine:

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by Anonymousreply 2909/26/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3009/26/2019

R30 = Frances Farmer, who knows.

by Anonymousreply 3109/26/2019

Is the picture at R23 a young Cosmo Kramer ?

by Anonymousreply 3209/26/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3309/26/2019

I imagine he had real shitty parents.

by Anonymousreply 3409/26/2019

He was a real loser, take it from me Scotty Beckett

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by Anonymousreply 3509/26/2019

^ 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 Anonymousreply 3609/27/2019

Alfalfa has BDF for days in that pic R23.

by Anonymousreply 3709/27/2019

Did he have a freckled asshole?

by Anonymousreply 3809/27/2019

Some people couldn't cope. I did quite well.

by Anonymousreply 3910/03/2019

"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 Anonymousreply 4010/03/2019

Aw Miss Crabtree, you can call me Chubsy Ubsy

by Anonymousreply 4110/07/2019

Robert Blake grew up to be no walk in the park.

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by Anonymousreply 4211/29/2019

Little sociopath

by Anonymousreply 4311/29/2019

In r23 he looks just like a guy I knew in high school who was a scary, aggressive asshole.

by Anonymousreply 4403/31/2020

He is the most famous person from Paris.

by Anonymousreply 4503/31/2020

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 Anonymousreply 4603/31/2020

I suppose Butch was a real sweetie.

by Anonymousreply 4703/31/2020

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 Anonymousreply 4803/31/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 4903/31/2020

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 Anonymousreply 5003/31/2020

He grabbed my no-no spot .

by Anonymousreply 5103/31/2020

^^ signed Darla

by Anonymousreply 5203/31/2020

Learn that poem. Learn that poem.

by Anonymousreply 5303/31/2020

He raped my chubby anal hole .

by Anonymousreply 5403/31/2020

Was he the brother shown in a picture in White Christmas?

by Anonymousreply 5503/31/2020

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 Anonymousreply 5603/31/2020

He must've really pissed someone off to have gotten shot in the nuts.

by Anonymousreply 5703/31/2020

Butch grew up to be Jimmy Olsen in the Superman serials.

He also did behind the scenes work on Laugh In.

by Anonymousreply 5803/31/2020

Now that you mention it, Alfalfa did have crazy eyes. But he was a gas on that show.

by Anonymousreply 5903/31/2020

What become of Alfalfa's son? Did he have BDF, too?

DL sleuths, find out and report back with pics!

by Anonymousreply 6003/31/2020

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."

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by Anonymousreply 6105/24/2020

I had no idea. I though Alfalfa was his only role then he disappeared into a sad, anonymous life.

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by Anonymousreply 6205/24/2020

Child stars, probably big risk of being molested by pedos. That's why they end up completely fucked up.

by Anonymousreply 6305/24/2020

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.

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by Anonymousreply 6405/24/2020

Here he is with the kid Elizabeth Taylor in 1942. They also acted together four years later in one of those Lassie films.

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by Anonymousreply 6505/25/2020

Robert Blake was once known as Bobby Blake.

by Anonymousreply 6605/25/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 6705/25/2020

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."

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by Anonymousreply 6805/25/2020

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."

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by Anonymousreply 6905/25/2020

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.

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by Anonymousreply 7005/25/2020

He was probably passed around in Hollywood in order to stay in pictures and that messed him up.

by Anonymousreply 7105/25/2020

More details about his death with good photos of him.

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by Anonymousreply 7205/26/2020

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.”

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by Anonymousreply 7306/15/2020

Also...

"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 Anonymousreply 7406/15/2020

He looks pretty hot here !

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by Anonymousreply 7506/15/2020

His son, Justin Lance Collingwood-Switzwer (aka "Lance Switzer"), is a small time theater actor.

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by Anonymousreply 7606/16/2020

^ Alfalfa's son Lance is also a fat lighting director.

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by Anonymousreply 7706/16/2020

Alfalfa wore heavy makeup to play a 100 year old Indian in Track of the Cat (1954).

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by Anonymousreply 7806/18/2020

Has Miss MacGillicuddy commented?

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by Anonymousreply 7906/18/2020

I need a long, hot purifying shower after reading all of the above.

Arguably, this ranks among Datalounge's most depressing threads

by Anonymousreply 8006/18/2020

Close your eyes and think of Dickie Moore.

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by Anonymousreply 8106/18/2020

"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 Anonymousreply 8206/21/2020

He never called me Spanky or George. He called me "Fat Fuck."

by Anonymousreply 8306/21/2020

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 Anonymousreply 8406/21/2020

R79, that's MISS CRABTREE!!!!

by Anonymousreply 8506/21/2020

Seems like he enjoyed killing animals, which is usually not a sign of a nice person.

by Anonymousreply 8606/22/2020

Another Alfalfa in trouble

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