It wasn't eating a whole ham that gave Farina nightmares about a bear. It was eating the canvas it came wrapped in. Now a carnivore, Farina shoves away mush and goes in search of more hearty fare. After eating a whole chicken and five pounds of butter, he (or she) has nightmares like you wouldn't believe.
Alan Hoskins, who played Farina in more than 200 episodes of Our Gang, was born in 1920, so he was pretty young when this came out. He was also Hal Roach's personal favorite of the kids, because he was a natural comic. His last contract with Roach called for him to receive a princely $350 a week, far more than the others. After he grew too old for the series, he tried to get other work, but there wasn't much call for him. During the Second World War, he joined the Army and eventually became a sergeant. Later, he moved to North Carolina, married, and worked in rehabilitation. As he explained, "I preferred a job where I could eat regular."
Not like this movie! Alan 'Farina' Hoskins died in 1980, a couple of weeks shy of his 60th birthday.
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