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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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While young Jackie Cooper received top billing and was a huge star at the time this film was made, the real star was 'Chic' Sale--an actor who was far younger than he appeared in films. Sale made a mark for himself playing lovable but very cantankerous old men--though he was only 47 when this film debuted (and he looked at least 70).
The film begins with Cooper wistfully watching the other kids in the neighborhood playing baseball. He wears a leg brace and is often left out--plus his mother is incredibly over-protective of him and won't let him do much. Her husband, Cooper's step-dad, isn't any better and both treat the boy like he's an invalid. In sharp contrast is Uncle Jonas--who insists that the boy needs to be treated like any other kid--and he should play, get dirty and take his knocks like any one his age. It's obvious that the old man is right but it's made more difficult by Cooper being a total wimp (and a bit of a coward) and his family's insistence he can't do anything. More difficulty arrives in the form of Cooper's new step-brother, Froggy (no relation to the one from the Little Rascals), as Froggy is a bully and a sneak--sort of like Eddie Haskell from "Leave it to Beaver". How all this plays out is something you'll need to see for yourself--I don't want to spoil the film.
Overall, the film is quite enjoyable but I could see someone not liking it because the characters are a bit broad and the story a bit old fashioned. It's the sort of old schmaltzy film that old film buffs will enjoy but those who don't particularly care about older films will quickly dismiss.
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