The Devil is a Sissy
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This full-hearted drama from the era of Dead End unites a trio of top 1930s child stars for the only time: Freddie Bartholomew (David Copperfield), Jackie Cooper (The Champ) and Mickey Rooney. All three shine. "But it is Mickey Rooney, the Puck of A Midsummer Night's Dream, who penetrates beyond the script and emerges as a living study of Gig, the son of a murderer" (Frank S. Nugent, The New York Times).
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The film stars three of MGM's child stars at various points in their career. Freddy Bartholomew is about at the peak of his career, Mickey Rooney is only beginning what will be a decades long career, and Jackie Cooper is getting a little too old to play the lead in children's films. However, the three come together perfectly here.
Freddy Bartholomew plays Claude Pierce, the son of a divorced couple. The father is an aspiring architect living in a rough neighborhood, the mother is a society swell who looked upon her husband's career as an annoying hobby that took away time from their society hob-nobbing on her money - thus the divorce. The two have joint custody of Claude but very different lives. Half the year Claude is the sheltered citizen of the world with his mother, but now it is his father's turn. He thus attends public school and quickly runs afoul of Buck Murphy (Jackie Cooper) and Gig Stevens (Mickey Rooney). Claude is fascinated with these guys, even if they don't like him. He quickly learns how to earn their tolerance even if he doesn't really have their friendship.
Shortly after Claude's arrival Gig's father is executed for a murder he commited. Gig's mission in life now is to get enough money together to buy a headstone for his father's grave. However, even the illegal endeavors that Gig and Buck come up with can't yield enough money.Read more ›
Two of the toughs Claude runs into are Buck (Jackie Cooper) and Gig (Mickey Rooney. Gig's father is executed as a criminal, and Gig goes to desperate measures to earn $80--a huge amount of money at the time--to buy his father a fancy tombstone. In spite of Buck and Gig pushing him around, plucky Claude goes to great lengths to keep them out of trouble and get Gig the tombstone he wants so desperately. But in spite of Claude's best efforts, the three of them land in one big mess after another.
This was the first time I've actually watched Freddie Bartholomew in a film, though he is so famous I had certainly heard of him. I can see why people were crazy about him. He was absolutely adorable, and the character he plays in this film is irresistible.Read more ›
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The title is not what you think! It is an overall feel good movie with lessons to be learned about honesty and family. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Kim Sessions
Freddy was a fine, fine child actor. The story may be a bit predictable, still a fun sidetrack of life in the Americas before the war.Published on May 6, 2013 by R. Peet
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