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Penrod and Sam (1923)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  18 June 1923 (USA)
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Penrod and his gang don't want to let neighborhood "goodie-goodie" Georgie Bassett into their club, but Penrod's father pressures him to allow the boy in, because Georgie's parents are ... See full summary »

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Joe Butterworth ...
Buddy Messinger ...
Newton Hall ...
Gertrude Messinger ...
Joe McGray ...
Eugene Jackson ...
Rockliffe Fellowes ...
Gladys Brockwell ...
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Gareth Hughes ...
William V. Mong ...
Deacon Bitts
Martha Mattox ...
Miss Spence
Victor Potel ...
Town Drunkard (as Vic Potel)
Robert Gordon ...
Maurice Levy (as Bobby Gordon)
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Penrod and his gang don't want to let neighborhood "goodie-goodie" Georgie Bassett into their club, but Penrod's father pressures him to allow the boy in, because Georgie's parents are wealthy and prominent members of the town. Finally the boys agree to let Georgie join, but first they demand that he undergo an "initiation", and they're determined to make it one that Georgie won't soon forget. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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18 June 1923 (USA)  »

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Unfortunate
14 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

As a child, I found two of Booth Tarkington's books, "Penrod" and its sequel "Penrod and Sam", to be the funniest I had read. Those two eleven year old boys and their dog, around 1900 AD, were getting into the most hilarious of mischievous scrapes. UNFORTUNATELY, the writers for this film focused primarily on those episodes where Penrod and Sam were getting their revenge on Georgie Bassett, a "goodie-goodie", so it treats the bullying of Georgie as funny and as a positive. "Bullying" is in the spotlight today with a special focus on how destructive it can be - even leading to suicide by the victims - those episodes, which composed the bulk of the film,did not seem very funny. I found it most disappointing. To be fair, the child actors were great and the director got the right flavor for the non-bullying incidents so had the movie been primarily on those types of scrapes, I would have rated this movie at the top of the scale rather than at the bottom.


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