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Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer

Highest Rated:   100% My Favorite Blonde (1942)
Lowest Rated:   25% The High and the Mighty (1954)
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Juvenile performer Carl Switzer and his brother, Harold, began singing at local functions in their Illinois hometown. While visiting an aunt in California, the Switzer boys accompanied their mother to Hal Roach Studios, then proceeded to warble a hillbilly ditty in the Roach cafeteria. This performance won them both contracts at Roach, though only Carl achieved any sort of stardom. Nicknamed "Alfalfa," Carl became a popular member of the Our Gang kids, his performances distinguished by his cowlicked hair, vacuous grin, and off-key singing. Few who have seen The Our Gang Follies of 1938 can ever forget the sight of Alfalfa being pelted with tomatoes as he bravely vocalizes the immortal aria "I'm the Bar-ber of Sevilllllle!" The boy remained with Our Gang when Roach sold the property to MGM in 1938; his last Gang short was 1940's Kiddie Kure. Switzer found it hard to get film roles after his Our Gang tenure, especially when he began to mature. By the early '50s, his movie appearances had dwindled to bits. Switzer's handful of worthwhile adult film roles include a 100-year-old Indian in director William Wellman's Track of the Cat (1954); he was also a semi-regular on Roy Rogers' TV series. Throughout most of the 1950s, he supported himself as a hunting guide and bartender. Miles removed from the lovable Alfalfa, 32-year-old Carl Switzer was killed in a boozy brawl over a 50-dollar debt.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
81% The Defiant Ones
  • Angus
1958
No Score Yet Motorcycle Gang
  • Speed
1957
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Slave
1956
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell
  • Savage
1956
25% The High and the Mighty
  • Ensign Keim
1954
No Score Yet Track of the Cat
  • Joe Sam
1954
No Score Yet Island in the Sky
  • Hopper
1953
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeanie
  • Freddie
1952
90% Pat and Mike
  • Bus Boy
1952
No Score Yet Two Dollar Bettor
  • Chuck Norlinger
1951
No Score Yet Here Comes the Groom
  • Messenger
1951
No Score Yet Cause for Alarm
  • Boy
1951
94% A Letter to Three Wives
  • Messenger
1949
No Score Yet State of the Union
  • Bellboy
1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Zoot
1948
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Freddie
1946
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie
  • Boy Hunter No. 1
1946
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes
  • Delivery Boy
1945
No Score Yet Man Alive
  • Ignatius
1945
No Score Yet The Great Mike
  • Speck
1944
78% Going My Way
  • Herman
1944
No Score Yet Rosie the Riveter
  • Buzz
1944
No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley
  • Messenger Boy
1943
80% The Human Comedy
  • Auggie
1943
100% My Favorite Blonde
  • Frederick
1942
No Score Yet Reg'lar Fellers
  • Bump Hudson
1941
No Score Yet I Love You Again
  • Harkspur Jr.
1940
No Score Yet Ice Follies of 1939
  • Small Boy
1939
No Score Yet Our Gang Follies Of 1938
  • Alfalfa
1937
No Score Yet General Spanky
  • Alfalfa
1936
No Score Yet Easy to Take
  • Alfred Bottle, Kid Comic
1936
No Score Yet Too Many Parents
  • Kid Singer
1936
No Score Yet Teacher's Beau
  • Alfalfa
1935

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