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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
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Principal
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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Comedy | Drama

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Also Known As:

Na pragu življenja - Otroci s ceste  »

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This film received its initial USA telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 27 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Friday 1 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its San Francisco television premiere took place 11 April 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); its earliest documented telecast in New York City presently stands at 1 June 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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

Judge Holmes: Buck, eh? That's a swell name. They used to call me "Stinky." You know why?
Robert 'Buck' Murphy: I guess so.
Judge Holmes: Well, I certainly led with my chin that time.
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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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Mickey Rooney Steals The Show
4 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. The one and only film to starr Jackie Cooper, Mickey Rooney and Freddie Bartholomew together. Mickey Rooney in my opinion steals the show from both of them. The scene where he hears his father being electrocuted is so dramatic. There is just something about the life that Mickey Rooney adds to a movie. His tough but gentle demeanor. Those dramatic facial expressions. The way he can make you laugh and tear your heart out at the same time. If anyone watches a Mickey Rooney movie and and says he cannot act don't know what acting is. Mickey Rooney can do it all and is still doing it today! LONG LIVE THE MIGHTY MICK! This is a great film Very well acted. The story is endearing! You will not be disappointed. It will be playing on TCM later this year (2005).


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