Monday, March 10, 2014

Mickey Daniels

Mickey Daniels was one of the Our Gang kids and went on to make more movies as an adult, sometimes with former costar Mary Kornman.

Mickey Daniels

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Mickey Daniels
Mickey Daniels in Dogs of War (1923)
BornRichard Daniels, Jr.
(1914-10-11)October 11, 1914
Rock Springs, Wyoming, U.S.
DiedAugust 20, 1970(1970-08-20) (aged 55)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Years active1921-1932
ParentsRichard Daniels
Hannah Daniels
RelativesBebe Daniels (aunt)
Ben Lyons (uncle)
Richard "Mickey" Daniels, Jr. (October 11, 1914 – August 20, 1970) was an American actor. Signed by Hal Roach in 1921, he was, along with Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mary Kornman, and Ernie Morrison, a regular in the popular Our Gang comedies.

Early life and career

Daniels was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of actor Richard Daniels and his wife Hannah.[1] His aunt was actress Bebe Daniels and his uncle was actor and studio executive Ben Lyon. In 1921, Daniels was discovered by a talent scout while performing at an amateur night at the Rialto Theatre in Rock Springs. Shortly thereafter, he was signed by Hal Roach to appear in the Our Gang film series.[2]
The red-haired, gap-toothed, freckle-faced Daniels was one of the lead characters in the Our Gang film shorts from 1922 to 1926. He usually appeared with Jack Davis, Ernie Morrison, and Mary Kornman. In the earlier shorts, he was often a rival (often with Davis) for Mary Kornman's attentions. He first appeared in the first Our Gang short Our Gang in 1922 when he was 8 years old. He was known for his big, distinctive laugh and a gift for physical comedy and timing. Daniels stayed with the series for four years until he left the series at the age of 12 in 1926. His last film was the 1926 short Thundering Fleas.
After Our Gang, Daniels continued his career in vaudeville and played bit parts in feature films and comedy shorts. From 1930 to 1932, Daniels and former Our Gang co-star appeared in appeared in the film series The Boy Friends for M-G-M. He continued public appearances with co-star Mary Kornman for feature film roles in the 1940s.

Post acting career

After World War II, Daniels quit the movie industry and began working in construction engineering in the United States and overseas.[3] In 1967, he began working as a taxi driver for Red Top Taxi in San Diego. He remained at that job until his death.[4][3]


Daniels became a chronic alcoholic and was found dead on August 20, 1970, in a motel in San Diego, known to be frequented by transients. The cause of death was attributed to cirrhosis.[2][4] Daniels is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale in Glendale, California.

Selected filmography

Short subject

  • One Terrible Day (1922)
  • Our Gang (1922)
  • Young Sherlocks (1922)
  • Saturday Morning (1922)
  • A Quiet Street (1922)
  • The Champeen! (1923)
  • The Cobbler (1923)
  • The Big Show (1923)
  • A Pleasant Journey (1923)
  • Boys to Board (1923)
  • Giants vs. Yanks (1923)
  • Back Stage (1923)
  • Dogs of War! (1923)
  • Lodge Night (1923)
  • July Days (1923)
  • No Noise (1923)
  • Stage Fright (1923)
  • Derby Day (1923)
  • Sunday Calm (1923)
  • Tire Trouble (1924)
  • Big Business (1924)
  • The Buccaneers (1924)
  • Seein' Things (1924)
  • Commencement Day (1924)
  • Cradle Robbers (1924)
  • Jubilo, Jr. (1924)
  • It's a Bear (1924)
  • High Society (1924)
  • The Sun Down Limited (1924)
  • Every Man for Himself (1924)
  • Fast Company (1924)
  • The Mysterious Mystery! (1924)
  • The Big Town (1925)
  • Circus Fever (1925)
  • Dogs Days (1925)
  • The Love Bug (1925)
  • Shootin' Injuns (1925)
  • Ask Grandma (1925)
  • Official Officers (1925)
  • Boys Will Be Joys (1925)
  • Mary, Queen of Tots (1925)
  • Your Own Back Yard (1925)
  • Better Movies (1925)
  • One Wild Ride (1925)
  • Good Cheer (1926)
  • Buried Treasure (1926)
  • Monkey Business (1926)
  • Baby Clothes (1926)
  • Uncle Tom's Uncle (1926)
  • Thundering Fleas (1926)
  • Fish Hooky (1933)
  • Reunion in Rhythm (1937)


  1. Jump up ^ Monush, Barry, ed. (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965, Volume 1. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 572. ISBN 1-557-83551-9. 
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b McCullers, Cyndi; Sweetwater County Historical Museum (2009). Sweetwater County. Arcadia Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 0-738-56923-2. 
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b D'Agostino, Annette M. (2004). The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia. McFarland. p. 72. ISBN 0-786-41514-2. 
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Maltin, Leonard; Bann, Richard W. (1992). The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang. Crown. p. 248. ISBN 0-517-58325-9. 

External links

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Here's something that I found at

In THE KNOCKOUT, when Mickey Daniels enters the ring, the official on the left greets him with a friendly "Hello, Frankenstein!". 

The short premiered on March 5, 1932. Might this be the first filmic reference to the Karloff Monster?

Whole books have been written about this stuff - Don Glut's FRANKENSTIEN LEGEND, for example - but I don't think I'd ever come across that before.

                                                                 CALL A COP
Someone has thoughtfully circled Mickey Daniels so you will know which one is him.
Something the caption writer had neglected to tell us.

                                          With Thelma Todd in LOVE FEVER, 1931
                                            With Zasu Pitts in MISS POLLY, 1939.


                                                    An ad for Red Seal batteries.

The early part of this documentary tells a little about Mickey Daniels.

A QUIET STREET features the same sort of high stairs that were in Laurel and Hardy's THE MUSIC BOX and which were also around Thelma Todd's Sidewalk CafĂ©.

Our Gang has a ball in this one.

A Charley Chase film with the gang.

Mickey Daniels:


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