Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer

Highest Rated: 100% My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Lowest Rated: 25% The High and the Mighty (1954)

Birthday: Aug 7, 1927

Birthplace: Not Available

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



83% 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
60% Here Comes the Groom Messenger 1951
No Score Yet Cause for Alarm Boy 1951
94% A Letter to Three Wives Messenger 1949
80% 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
80% 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
100% 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 Second Childhood Alfalfa 1936
No Score Yet Teacher's Beau Alfalfa 1935


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