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Mickey Daniels


Name: Michael "Mickey" Daniels
Nickname: None (see notes below)
Played By: Mickey Daniels
Born: 1914
Relatives: Richard (father), mother (name unrevealed), sister (name unrevealed), Kate (aunt), Patrick (uncle, "Pat"), Percy (cousin), Grandma (name unrevealed),
Clubs: Mystic J.J.J.'s, Cluck Cluck Klams, 4th Ave. Athalatick Club, Junior Police Squad, Manhattan Club
First Short: Our Gang
Last Short: Thundering Fleas (0riginal), Reunion In Rhythm (cameo)


Bio: Mickey Daniels with the many freckles was the first undisputed leader of the leader of the Little Rascals, a role he paved long before Farina or Spanky. His home life seems to have been lower middle class with a rich Aunt Kate in High Society and a Cousin Percy who looks a great deal like his friend, Jackie. When his Aunt Kate takes him away to make a gentleman out of him, he can't stand the rigid restrictions of the higher class, and he can stand Percy even less and gets to return to his friends. At one time, he gets forced to dress as "Little Lord Fauntleroy" in Big Business. His mother is very protective; she also pressures him to practice playing the bass violin in Saturday Morning and later has his tonsils removed in No Noise.
Back home, Mickey likes to play baseball and football and at times even pretends to be a detective (The Mysterious Mystery!). At times, he gets to drive the milk wagon or perform plays at the barn at Uncle Pat's farm, such as Uncle Tom's Cabin. For money, he sells hot dogs and lemonade at the racetrack in Derby Day, runs a shoeshine business in Every Man For Himself and even gets a reward from the police in Lodge Night. He and the gang even get to divvy up $1 every time they pose for dolls created by the dollmaker. Through the last chore, Mickey gets to meet who just may be the biggest love of his life, Mary.

Mickey is good friends with Joe Cobb living next door to him; they have a communication and plank system for accessing each other's houses, as seen in Circus Fever. He has a big crush on Mary Kornman, and, at one time, even has to fight Jackie for the hand of Mary. Maybe a bit awkward in romance, he tries imitating his older sister's beau in July Days, later getting his grandma's advice on how to win her heart in The Love Bug.


Mickey Daniels and Mary Kornman

Sadly, Mary leaves town to attend finishing school. Mickey doesn't see her until attending Elmira College, later returning to Greenpoint in the position of Truant Officer in Fish Hooky, a position he might have attained through being a junior officer in Official Officers. Still a kid at heart, he burns the lesson of staying in school with earnest emotion and imaginative story-telling to the younger kids of his old neighborhood (As it turns out, Mickey was Class President as revealed in Reunion In Rhythm) before realizing that Mary is the new school teacher. He reminds her of her promise to marry him made when they were kids, but, ironically, it may be Spanky himself, Mickey's eventual successor, who gets them together. We never do learn if Mickey and Mary ever do get together.

  • "Ah c'm on, 'Snowy!' We'll getcha some clothes." - Mickey in Our Gang
  • "Awl 4. 1. an 2 by 4!" - Mickey as Douglas Fairbanks in The Big Show
  • "Lookie - Ever see this?" - Mickey in The Cobbler
  • "Jus' wait till I getcha in the ring!" - Jack Davis
    "Yah - I'll knock your block off!" - Mickey in The Champeen!
  • "WHERE YA GOIN' WITH OUR GIRL?" - Mickey and Jack Davis in The Champeen!
  • "Old School? Mother Malone calls him Old Fool!" - Mickey in Boys To Board
  • "On my left the schoolhouse, I hope it burns." - Mickey in Back Stage
  • "Hello, Hap - Whoo-hoo!" - Mickey in Back Stage
  • "Shell me with a tomato! " - Mickey in Dogs Of War!
  • "Dust want to take the royal oath?" - Mickey
    "Dust." - Joe in Lodge Night
  • "I'll knock your block off -" - Mickey
    "You an' who else?" - Jack Davis in Stage Fright
  • "Y' oughtn't to pick on wimmen - It ain't manners." - Mickey in July Days
  • "Ast me for some candy." - Mickey in July Days
  • "A feller can stand jus' so much -- an' I'm through standin'--" - Mickey in July Days
  • "Lookit, Ma - I'm all cured - An' castor oil might gimme a ree-lapse." - Mickey in No Noise
  • "If I didn't have this fiddle I'd show y'!" - Mickey
    "I'll hold it for you, Mickey." - Mary in Commencement Day
  • "Engineering is a cinch! All you gotta do is shove one thingamajig and pull 'nother!" - Mickey in The Sun Down Limited
  • "He mus' be that Mister Jeekal an' Doctor Hide I read about --" - Mickey in Every Man For Himself
  • "Remember our system, men! Be suspicious of everybody -- Follow 'em all! --" - Mickey in The Mysterious Mystery!
  • "- I gotta hand this to Mr. Wallin'ford in person -- This is comparative!" - Mickey in The Mysterious Mystery!
  • "He's crazy! Them apples might 'a' been buggy - but they wasn't wormy!" - Mickey in The Big Town
  • "You can't call him Bill - He's a lady dog - Call her Billious --" - Mickey to Joe in Dog Days
  • "I kinda thought she kinda looked like she kinda liked me." - Mickey in Ask Grandma
  • "What would y' advise now, Gran'ma?" - Mickey in Ask Grandma
  • "Listen, I gotta great idea. I thought it up privately!" - Mickey in Official Officers
  • "--You can't be a regular human cop! Where's your club?" - Mickey in Official Officers
  • "Aw, a wop makes those dolls to look like us. We get $1 a week for modeling!" - Mickey in Mary, Queen of Tots
  • "-- An' now this big surviver comes along an' wants to survive our lot for a factory --" - Mickey in Boys Will Be Joys
  • "- You just follow my spessyfications - We'll have a place better'n Coney Island!" - Mickey in Boys Will Be Joys
  • "You got a lot to be thankful for. You only got one foot, but I got two." - Mickey to a One-Legged Youngster in Good Cheer


  • Mickey's on-screen father was often played by his real-life father Richard Daniels Sr.. The one exception is Sunday Calm where Richard plays the father of the neighboring family.
  • In Fish Hooky, while Mickey is chasing the Gang, his running style can be recognized from the silent shorts he appeared in.
  • Mickey, Joe, Stymie, Butch, Mickey, Mary, Spanky and Scotty are the Rascals to return to Our Gang after their departure. He later makes cameo appearances in Fish Hooky (with Farina) and Reunion In Rhythm.
  • Mickey (along with Alfalfa, Chubby, Farina, Stymie, Dickie, Echo, Ernie and Joe) is one of the few Rascals to have concurrent runs in Our Gang without missing any shorts.
  • During a "You Asked For It" Rascals reunion in the Fifties, Mickey was incorrectly given the nickname "Freckles." In actuality, that nickname was never used in the series to apply to Mickey.
  • Mickey Daniels is not to be confused with Mickey Gubitosi or Mickey Laughlin.
  • Mickey and Mary are the only main characters to receive a spinoff which was The Boy Friends.