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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.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke, Rowland Brown (uncredited)

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Richard Schayer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Bartholomew ... Claude
Jackie Cooper ... 'Buck' Murphy
Mickey Rooney ... 'Gig' Stevens
Ian Hunter ... Jay Pierce
Peggy Conklin ... Rose
Katharine Alexander ... Hilda Pierce
Gene Lockhart ... Mr. Murphy
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Murphy
Jonathan Hale ... Judge Holmes
Etienne Girardot ... Principal
Sherwood Bailey Sherwood Bailey ... 'Bugs'
Buster Slaven ... 'Six-Toes'
Grant Mitchell ... Paul Krumpp
Harold Huber ... Willie
Stanley Fields ... 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Na pragu življenja - Otroci s ceste See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rowland Brown was the original director, but he was replaced after one week by W.S. Van Dyke, who reshot most of Brown's footage. This was the 4th time another director completed a film which Brown started. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars: The Lion Reigns Supreme (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor and James W. Blake
Played during the opening credits
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A MUST SEE for old movie lovers
23 April 1999 | by DeBaronSee 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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