Fifty-six Alice Comedies were produced between 1923 and 1927. By the time Alice the Peacemaker was in production in 1924, Disney had built a studio staff that now included animators Ub Iwerks and Rollin "Ham" Hamilton, and camera operator Harry Forbes.
Over the years 4 different young actresses - Virginia Davis, Dawn O'Day,
Margie Gay, and Lois Hardwick - portrayed Alice.
Virginia Davis, from Kansas City, first began working for Walt when she was just 6-years-old.
She appeared in the first 13 titles of the Alice Comedies. (Davis later did voice
testing for Snow White as well as some of the little boys' voices in Pinocchio.)
She became a Disney Legend in 1998.
Dawn O'Day - whose birth name was Dawn Evelyn Paris - only played Alice in the
1925 release Alice's Eggplant. As an adult actress she appeared in over 30 features
under the name Anne Shirley. (She is the mother of actress Julie Payne.)
Margie Gay appeared as Alice from February, 1925 to December, 1926. Unlike the
others, Margie had a short, straight black hairstyle with bangs over her forehead.
When she left, Walt hired Lois Hardwick to play the part of Alice.
(She went on to become the first wife of actor Donald Sutherland.)
The final Alice Comedy Alice in the Big League was released in Summer 1927. At this point Disney's staff also included Les Clark (who would become one of Walt's "Nine Old Men")
and Hugh Harman & Rudolf Ising (the duo who would become famous for starting the
Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation studios).
Walt and Roy enjoyed moderate success with these shorts, thus
enabling them to set-up a larger studio on Hyperion Avenue in
February 1926. Alice Comedies proved to be a major stepping stone
in Walt and Roy's career.