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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Buck' Murphy
'Gig' Stevens
Jay Pierce
Hilda Pierce
Mr. Murphy
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Murphy
Judge Holmes
Etienne Girardot ...
Sherwood Bailey ...
Buster Slaven ...
Paul Krumpp


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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Release Date:

18 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3 Pequenos Gangsters  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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 »


The Sidewalks of New York
Music by Charles Lawlor and James W. Blake
Played during the opening credits
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28 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never ever turn the channel with any movie Mickey Rooney is in! Freddie Bartholomew was wonderful!! He had a difficult life and made the best of it.

I was sad to see that he passed away in Sarasota, Florida in 1993.

I'm going to purchase this movie and add it to my classics collection.

I've also notice there are several movies with Mickey and Freddie. Also a few I'll purchase with Judy, Mickey and Freddie.

There are few to no movies like these anymore. I wonder if Mickey has ever been honored at the Academy Awards? If not, I would think that he should be awarded a Life Time Achievement Award.

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