An Inside Look On The Strange Death Of Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer

Carl Switzer, also known as “Alfalfa” by his peers in The Little Rascals, was arguably one of the gang’s most successful and popular members. Generations of people grew up watching these funny young kids’ hilarious comedy shorts from the 1930s. Slapstick humor was popular on The Little Rascals, which was originally known as Our Gang until a certain point in time.

While Alfalfa rose to prominence later in the series and played a lovable character, he was apparently no angel in real life. The rest of his brief life emphasizes this.Darla Hood, a co-star, revealed what Alfalfa was like on set. “Alfie once put fish hooks in Spanky’s back pockets, and poor Spanky had to have stitches placed on his tush,” she explains.”

Alfie put an open switchblade in his pocket and tricked Darla into putting her hand in his pocket on the pretense that he had a ring for her from a Crackerjack box,” according to another co-star. She was on the verge of losing her fingers.” He was nothing more than a nuisance. Spanky, one of the gang’s leaders, described Alfalfa’s most dangerous on-set stunt:

“We were filming one day, and the scene required the kids to show their own film on a process screen. Alfie decided to pass the time by going behind the screen and peeing on the bulbs while the rear projection system and lights (with a thousand watts per bulb) were being set up. This is extremely dangerous, because even spitting on those bulbs is equivalent to detonating a series of bombs.

The lights exploded, filling the studio with a foul odor. Everyone was removed from the set while the crew and director fixed the bulbs and cleaned up the mess Alfalfa had made that day.” Keeping this in mind, let’s jump ahead to his adult life. Switzer was still acting part-time in the 1950s, but his life was falling apart. He had married Diane Collingwood, with whom he had one child, but they divorced after four months.

Following the divorce, he struggled with alcoholism and run-ins with law enforcement. All of this culminated in his death in 1959, at the age of 31.Switzer was working on a hunting dog for Moses Samuel Stiltz. Switzer offered a $35 reward for the dog’s return after it went missing. A man found the dog and returned it to Switzer, who paid the man the $35 reward and $15 in drinks. After a few days, he decides that Stiltz should pay him the $50 reward for returning the dog.

Switzer was shot dead during a money dispute after allegedly threatening, “I’m going to kill you!” Tom Corrigan, a new witness, came forward to testify in the year 2000. He was the stepson of actor Bud Stiltz and the son of actor Ray “Crash” Corrigan. At the time, he was 14 years old. He claims that Switzer was drunk at the time of the incident, and that a knife, which was later discovered to be a penknife, was conveniently placed on Switzer’s person at the crime scene.

Switzer also appeared to issue a threat of violence, prompting Stiltz to reach for the gun, which both men struggled to control. Tom left with his mother and the other children, returning just as the fatal shot that killed Switzer was fired. Stiltz was also threatening to kill his sidekick, Jack Piott, in self-defense, but his life was spared. While we may never know who was to blame, it’s strange that Switzer’s death was not widely publicized because Cecil B. DeMille died on the same day.

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