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School’s out, but no summer for ‘Our Gang’

June 1925: School is out, but for the “Our Gang” child actors, film production continues. Posing for an “Our Gang” group photo are, from left: Allen Hoskins, Joe Frank Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mickey Daniels, Johnnie Downs and Mary Kornman.

This photo was published on the June 27, 1925, Los Angeles Times local section front accompanying a story reporting:

School closed yesterday for ninety-four little toilers who will have no more concern with classes until autumn but who, nevertheless, will continue their labors as actors in the motion-picture industry of Los Angeles.  The school year came to an end yesterday with the exercises in the auditorium of the Part-Time High School, with fifty-six children from the Child Welfare centers …

The proceedings were started with a xylophone series by Dick Winslow and readings and dances by George Ward, both screen players. … Then followed the presentation of promotion certificates to the various members of the welfare center classes and the studio schools.

“Our Gang” from the Hal Roach studio rendered a series of recitations, received with great glee and thunderous applause by the assembly.

Hal Roach began the “Our Gang” series in 1922. More than 40 child actors rotated into and out of the troupe during the next 22 years. For more, check out  Hal Roach’s 1992 LA Times obituary.

The Part-Time High School mentioned in the article was a school for about 3,000 students who were employed.