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The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  18 September 1936 (USA)
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A well-bred young English lad living in lower Manhattan tries to gain acceptance from his not-so-well-bred peers at school.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Bartholomew ...
Claude Pierce
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'Buck' Murphy
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'Gig' Stevens
Ian Hunter ...
Jay Pierce
Peggy Conklin ...
Rose Hawley
Katharine Alexander ...
Hilda Pierce
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Mr. Jim Murphy
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Murphy
Jonathan Hale ...
Judge Holmes
Etienne Girardot ...
Mr. Crusenberry - the Principal
Sherwood Bailey ...
'Bugs'
Buster Slaven ...
Six-Toes
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Paul Krumpp
Harold Huber ...
Willie - a Gangster
Stanley Fields ...
Joe - a Gangster
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Storyline

Claude Pierce is delighted to move in with his father, Jay Pierce, a struggling architect living in lower Manhattan, for the six months the divorce agreement of his parents specified. He's come at a particularly bad time for his classmate, Gig Stevens, whose father is to be executed that night for murder, so he's treated badly by Gig as well as Gig's pal, Buck Murphy, and their gang. But he takes boxing lessons and holds his own in a fight with the older and heavier Buck, so he is grudgingly accepted into the gang. Their chief interest is to get a proper tombstone for Gig's father, costing $80. When stealing and selling tires proves too slow, Claude suggests burglarizing some rich kid's home for his toys, and pawning them. Claude leads them to a house at night, where rich looking toys are found, stolen and pawned. However, a suspicious policeman has them brought before a judge where Claude eventually confesses they were his toys; he knew his mother was away and the house was ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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18 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3 Pequenos Gangsters  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Several people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Rollo Lloyd (Pawnbroker), Mary Doran (Mrs. Robbins), Jason Robards Sr. (Mr. Kraus), Harry Tyler (Toy Vendor) and Ben Hendricks Jr. (Cop). See more »

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When the boys are running away towards the end and meet in the cemetery, there's a part in the scene where you can see a man walking across in the background. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Pierce: [on New York City] Well, all I see is squalor and dirt. And unpleasantly swarthy people.
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References Raffles (1930) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
Played on piano and sung by Peggy Conklin (uncredited) and
Joined by Etta McDaniel (uncredited), Freddie Bartholomew (uncredited), Mickey Rooney (uncredited) and Jackie Cooper (uncredited)
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A MUST SEE for old movie lovers
23 April 1999 | by (Oklahoma City, OK, USA) – See all my reviews

Without this film anyone having a classic movie collection just thinks they have a classic movie collection. It is a fine old movie with lots of good, old-fashioned humor in it.

Most of all, it has three of the top child actors preceeding World War II. All three of these came together just one time to do a movie. And, do a movie they did. See Freddie Bartholomew, Mickey Rooney, and Jackie Cooper star together as, once again, good triumphs over evil.


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