Eddie wears a leg brace and his mother will not let him play like the other boys. His hope is that a German doctor will be able to operate and fix his leg. When his cousin Froggie comes to ...
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Eddie wears a leg brace and his mother will not let him play like the other boys. His hope is that a German doctor will be able to operate and fix his leg. When his cousin Froggie comes to live with his family, he is nice to Mr. and Mrs. Randall, but mean to Eddie. Uncle Jonas sees what is happening, but Eddie's parents do not believe him as Froggie seems so nice. Uncle Jonas tries to make Eddie tougher by teaching him boxing and baseball, but all it does is get Jonas thrown out of the house. Written by
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This is one of about two dozen feature films directed by Harry A. Pollard, which the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, in all 3 of their volumes, 1911-1920, 1921-1930 and 1931-1940, chooses to erroneously credit to comedian Harry (Snub) Pollard, who is, of course, a different person entirely. See more »
Pouting blond Jackie Cooper (as Edward "Eddie" Randall) longs to play ball with other boys, but is slowed down by a leg brace and some overprotective parents. Called "Limpy" (also the title of the original William Johnston book), young Cooper is looking forward to a visit by boy cousin Andy Shuford (as Frederick). Unfortunately, cousin Shuford, called "Froggie" due to his uncanny frog imitation, turns out to be a bully. But, Cooper finds a companion in elderly uncle Charles "Chic" Sale (as Jonas Tucker), who also has a "hitch in his git-along." Mr. Sale refuses to pamper Cooper, encouraging him to go fishing, and fight with bullies.
Parents Ralph Graves and Dorothy Peterson (as Tom and Margaret Randall) are hopeful a German surgeon will cure crippled Cooper's limp. The good doctor's prognosis actually lifts the film a notch, giving viewers an alternative to what must have been the most desired and expected conclusion. You can detect both intended and unintended World War II symbolism in Cooper's condition and the doctor's nationality. Of course, this may be reading too much into "When a Fellow Needs a Friend" (by half). While entertaining, the comically fun story and cast are doused by obnoxious, heavy-handed direction, especially of Cooper.
***** When a Fellow Needs a Friend (4/30/32) Harry Pollard ~ Jackie Cooper, Charles 'Chic' Sale, Ralph Graves, Andy Shuford
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