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The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 18 September 1936 (USA)
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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'Buck' Murphy
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'Gig' Stevens
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Jay Pierce
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Rose
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Hilda Pierce
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Mr. Murphy
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Murphy
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Judge Holmes
Etienne Girardot ...
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Sherwood Bailey ...
'Bugs'
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'Six-Toes'
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Paul Krumpp
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Willie
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Joe
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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)  »

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3 Pequenos Gangsters  »

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1.37 : 1
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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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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor and James W. Blake
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The Outsiders, 30's style.
16 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Bartholomew and Rooney teamed for five films at MGM. Usually either Bart would be sent to an American school where he would get beat up for being British, or Rooney would be sent to a British school where he would get beat up for being an American. Or some combination thereof. This is one where Bart gets sent to America...and gets beat up, but fights back. All in all it is the best of the bunch because Rooney and Bart and Jackie Cooper make a terrific trio. Much of this film reminded me of "The Outsiders" except for its syrupy last three minutes. The movie opens by telling us that Rooney's father is about to be executed. We are showed the effects this has upon Rooney and Rooney's mother. We never see Rooney's dad in the film, nor the execution, but we witness Rooney's face as he hears his mother scream when the clock strikes midnight at the minute of execution. Rooney still loves his father and his only goal is to buy his father a tombstone. This is contrasted with the leader of the trio, Jackie Cooper who is physically abused by his father, and Freddie Bartholomew who has a poor loving caring father divorced to his rich distant mother. The three try to survive for the moment on the streets of New York.


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