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Lil Rascals back in the hood

rascals.jpg This morning at about 9, there was a pre-production gang scouting the hills of Elysian Heights, looking for the right kind of exteriors for a remake of The Little Rascals. Well, they had come to the right place -- almost! -- Chicken Corner clucked. The original Little Rascals was often filmed just on the other side of Glendale Boulevard in a wooden bungalow court off Duane Street, about a quarter mile from where we were talking. Some of the Hal Roach child actors may even have been housed in the same Duane Street Location. In those days, of course, the neighborhood was called Edendale.

Crew members were unaware of the proximity of their modern day search to the Lil' Rascals original haunts. "Do you mean the 1994 [Penelope Spheeris] version?" one guy asked.

They said the new movie will go straight to video. I am guessing it's the old housing stock in this neighborhood that attracted the new filmmakers who may want to approximate the old series' look.

Here's the Edendale days' way to make a cake: recipe here. They suuuure did set the bar high for subsequent generations. Watch and learn.

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