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Darla Hood


Child celebrity who appeared within the Bohemian Gal and later on became known on her behalf role within the Bat. She produced her brief film debut at age group four within the 1936 film Our Gang Follies. She finished her acting profession doing ’70s tone of voice acting work with THE TINY Rascals’ Christmas Particular and Easter Is normally. She wedded her second hubby, Jose Granson, in 1957 after divorcing Robert W. Decker previously that calendar year. She co-starred within the Big Premiere with Carl Switzer in 1940.

Quick Facts

Full Name Darla Hood
Date Of Birth June 13, 1931
Died June 13, 1979, North Hollywood, California, United States
Place Of Birth Leedey, OK
Height 1.56 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Fairfax High School
Nationality American
Spouse Jose Granson, Robert W. Decker
Children Brett, Darla Jo
Parents Elizabeth Davner, James Claude Hood
Movies The Bat, The Bohemian Girl, Hearts Are Thumps, Our Gang Follies of 1938, Our Gang Follies of 1936, Bored of Education, Wedding Worries, Arbor Day, Waldo's Last Stand, Three Men in a Tub, Clown Princes, The Little Rascals Christmas Special, Tiny Troubles, The Pigskin Palooka, Glove Taps, Reunion in Rhythm, Pay as You Exit, Came the Brawn, Men in Fright, Rushin' Ballet, Bear Facts, Fishy Tales, Second Childhood, Mail and Female, Framing Youth, Hide and Shriek, Cousin Wilbur, Roamin' Holiday, Three Smart Boys, Bubbling Troubles, Robot Wrecks, Come Back, Miss Pipps, Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon, Captain Spanky's Show Boat, Night 'n' Gales, Party Fever, Feed 'em and Weep, Football Romeo, The Little Ranger, Ye Olde Minstrels, Helping Hands, Alfalfa's Double, Aladdin's Lantern, Kiddie Kure, Duel Personalities, All About Hash, Dog Daze, Practical Jokers, Auto Antics, Neighborhood House, Those Darn Kids
TV Shows Our Gang
Star Sign Gemini

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1Darla's name is mentioned in the song "Purple Stain" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2She had a hit record in 1957, with "I Just Wanna Be Free," and in January of 1959, she released a record, Quiet Village. One-time Hal Roach talent agent, Joe Rivkin, who discovered Darla as a child, saw the cover and cast her in her first adult role in a movie. She acted as a secretary, in Vincent Price's cult horror classic movie, The Bat (1959). Vincent Price had the leading role.
3Claimed that her parents never gave her a penny of the earnings she made from the "Our Gang" shorts.
4Initially tutored on the Roach Studio lot by a Mrs. Alma Rubens, the series was later sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the gang then attended the famous "little red schoolhouse" on the MGM lot.
5After she grew up, fans who requested an autographed photo seemed disappointed when they received a current shot, so she sent out newly signed photos from her "Our Gang" days instead.
6Once made a 1960 guest appearance on The Jack Benny Program (1950) in which they did a spoof on the "Our Gang" series, with Jack Benny as Alfalfa and Don Wilson as Spanky.
7Appeared as a celebrity contestant on Groucho Marx's Tell It to Groucho (1962) game show on CBS-TV in 1962. She was also the voice of the mermaid in the "Chicken Of The Sea" TV commercials. Ms. Hood made her last public appearance at the "First Bi-Annual Sons Of The Desert" convention at the O'Hare Airport Hotel (outside Chicago) from August 18 to 20, l978, and she did the voice of "Spanky's" mother on "The Little Rascals TV Cartoon Special" in l979.
8She was the most prominent of "Our Gang" and "Little Rascals" comical female children. Her tenure, with the "Little Rascals" was from 1935 to 1941. "Our Gang" shorts were in earlier years and a majority of them are silent.
9Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, in the Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Light, top row, halfway down the hall.



The Little Rascals' Christmas Special1979TV MovieMom (voice, as Darla Hood Granson)
Easter Is1974TV Movie voice
Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon1965Princess (English version) (voice)
The Bat1959Judy Hollander
Manhunt1959TV Series
Calypso Heat Wave1957Johnny's Duet Partner
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesVocalist
The Ken Murray Show1950TV SeriesRegular
Happy Land1943Lenore Prentiss - Age 12
Born to Sing1942'Quiz Kid'
Wedding Worries1941ShortDarla Hood (as Our Gang)
Come Back, Miss Pipps1941ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Helping Hands1941ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Robot Wrecks1941ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Ye Olde Minstrels1941ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Baby Blues1941ShortDarla (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Kiddie Kure1940ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Waldo's Last Stand1940ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Bubbling Troubles1940ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
The New Pupil1940ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
All About Hash1940ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
The Big Premiere1940ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Alfalfa's Double1940ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Time Out for Lessons1939ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Captain Spanky's Show Boat1939ShortDarla (uncredited)
Auto Antics1939ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Dog Daze1939ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Cousin Wilbur1939ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Clown Princes1939ShortDarla Hood (as Our Gang)
Duel Personalities1939ShortDarla Hood (uncredited)
Tiny Troubles1939ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Practical Jokers1938ShortDarla (uncredited)
Football Romeo1938ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Men in Fright1938ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Aladdin's Lantern1938ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Party Fever1938ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
The Little Ranger1938ShortDarla (uncredited)
Hide and Shriek1938ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Feed 'em and Weep1938ShortDarla Hood (as Our Gang)
Came the Brawn1938ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Three Men in a Tub1938ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Bear Facts1938ShortDarla King (as Our Gang)
Our Gang Follies of 19381937ShortDarla
Mail and Female1937/IShortDarla (as Our Gang)
The Pigskin Palooka1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Framing Youth1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Fishy Tales1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Night 'n' Gales1937ShortDarla Hood (as Our Gang)
Roamin' Holiday1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Three Smart Boys1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Rushin' Ballet1937ShortDancer
Hearts Are Thumps1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Glove Taps1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Reunion in Rhythm1937ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Pay As You Exit1936ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Bored of Education1936ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Neighborhood House1936ShortMary Chase
Arbor Day1936ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Second Childhood1936ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
The Bohemian Girl1936Arline as a Child
Divot Diggers1936ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
The Pinch Singer1936ShortDarla (as Our Gang)
Our Gang Follies of 19361935ShortCookie (as Our Gang)



The Jack Benny Program1962TV Series performer - 1 episode
Little Rascals Varieties1959performer: "I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again", "The Object of My Affection"
Born to Sing1942performer: "Here I Am, Eight Years Old"
Our Gang Follies of 19381937Short performer: "Follies Introduction/King Alfalfa", "The Love Bug'll Get You If You Don't Watch Out", "Follies Conclusion"
Reunion in Rhythm1937Short performer: "Baby Face" - uncredited
The Pinch Singer1936Short performer: "I'm In The Mood For Love"
Our Gang Follies of 19361935Short performer: "I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again"



The Jack Benny Program1962TV SeriesHerself
Tell It to Groucho1962TV SeriesHerself
Cavalcade of Stars1951TV SeriesHerself - Guest Actress
The Ken Murray Show1950-1951TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Singer / Herself - Regular / ...

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryDarla
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Our Gang Story1994Video documentaryHerself / Darla / Cookie / ...
Classic Comedy Teams1986Video documentaryOur Gang
The Laurel and Hardy Show1986TV SeriesArline as a child (1986)
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse1984TV Movie documentaryDarla
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActress unidentified 'Our Gang' film (uncredited)
Rascal Dazzle1980Darla (as Darla)
Little Rascals Varieties1959Darla / Cookie
The Little Rascals1955TV SeriesDarla (1955) / Cookie (1955)

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1I felt I had let [my fans] down by not remaining a child. They'd be dying to meet me and yet I could see their faces fall when I walked into the room. What do you say to someone whose fantasy has just been disturbed?

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