Hail, hail, Our Gang’s all here.
Spanky, Stymie, Pete the Pup and the rest of the Little Rascals will be on view at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington Monday night for “Our Gang: Pint-Sized Comedy Masters,” a mix of Hollywood history, back stories and rare clips.
“It’s going to cover a lot of territory, from 1922, when they started in silents, until the early 1940s,” says Kings Park filmmaker Glenn Andreiev, who’ll host the event.
He’ll explore the lives and careers of Gang members like Spanky McFarland and Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, as well as the adults, such as June “Miss Crabtree” Marlowe and producer Hal Roach, who also made the Laurel and Hardy comedies.
Andreiev won’t shy away from controversy, such as the political incorrectness of the “Our Gang” comedies, but he’ll also look at the films’ positive approach to race relations. “The thing people forget is that this is a multiracial gang,” Andreiev says. “Stymie wasn’t just like a Stepin Fetchit tagalong. He’s part of the gang, and he’s very often the problem solver.”
But what really makes the movies hold up, Andreiev says, is their blend of sentiment and sidesplitting moments. “They might have one scene that’s kind of upsetting,” he says, “and then a few minutes later, there’s a bit of slapstick that really works and ties things up.”
Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15. For more info, call 631-423-7610 or go to cinemaartscentre.org