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The Devil Is a Sissy

Released Sep 18, 1936 1h 32m Comedy List
Reviews 40% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Proper little Claude (Freddie Bartholomew), transplanted British schoolboy, tries to be one of the gang (Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper) in New York. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Eileen Jones The Jacobin A tale of two classes represented by three boys, all played by child actors at various points in their top-star careers... Aug 26, 2023 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine It's one of those rare films about youngsters that youngsters themselves can look at without embarrassment. And it should be compulsory for adults. Aug 7, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member An interesting, bizarre, yet entertaining look into the fictional world of MGM's three teenage male stars of the 1930s. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member **1/2 (out of four) This strangely titled little movie does have its moments, but it doesn't date very well overall and many of the situations look pretty silly now. Freddie Bartholomew plays Claude, a prissy kid who moves in with his father in Manhattan. He instantly becomes a target for ridicule by the boys in school, but he is finally accepted into their gang when his boxing lessons pay off in a fight. But the kids take to crime. Nicely shot and interesting to a point, but it just isn't enduring enough. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member If you can get past the title, you'll enjoy the wonderful performance by legendery child star Freddie Bartholomew, and Mickey Rooney as an angsty teen. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Boy, to see three stellar child stars working together is a real treat. Jackie Cooper, Freddie Bartholomew, and Mickey Rooney have great chemistry, and there are many magical moments when the three interact here. I've always loved Mickey Rooney in the Andy Hardy films, and he and Judy Garland have done so many great films together. Here, he's on the rise. What a great actor. I'm surprised I never put him on my favorite actor list. He's going up there right now. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Proper little Claude (Freddie Bartholomew), transplanted British schoolboy, tries to be one of the gang (Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper) in New York.
Director
W. S. Van Dyke II
Producer
Frank Davis
Screenwriter
John Lee Mahin, Richard Schayer
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 18, 1936, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 22, 2009
Runtime
1h 32m
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