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½ February 9, 2017
Although a little heavy handed & dialogue isn't too impressive this film has a charm to it & despite its flaws quite entertaining & a glimpse into a forgotten American of child life.

The story of Skippy played to perfection by Jackie Cooper who prefers to spend his days at Shanty Town which infuriates his father.

It's a great look into what children did in the depression & how they made their own fun. I believe Jackie Cooper was the young actor to be nominated for an Oscar (he actually fell asleep at the Oscars) & Norman Taurog the director was the youngest at 32 to win Best Director.
½ July 23, 2015
good pre-code early talkie family pic about a boy & his dog
June 25, 2014
This adaptation from a popular newspaper comic from 1931 is boring and slow. Jackie Cooper does a great job as Skippy. I could not get into it.
Super Reviewer
March 21, 2014
Made for children, there are redeeming qualities for adults to think about the poor..blah blah blah. Another for the good but not great pile.
July 26, 2011
This looks like an overall funny and great movie.
February 22, 2011
TCM finally played this movie and I can say it was worth the wait to see it. It's a delightful comedy with a touching story about a mischievous boy who finds a cause to help his friend keep his dog. Followed by a sequel called "Sooky," but that one is even rarer than this movie.
½ February 22, 2011
Really liked this film. On the surface it's just plan adorable and charming but underneath are some very meaningful messages. There are some great performances in this film; I loved the wonderfully expressive Jackie Cooper as Skippy. This really shows what it's like to be a kid, genuinely- through kids' eyes.
Super Reviewer
September 3, 2010
This is a cute and slightly more realistic movie than you'd expect. It's really very interesting, and I highly recommend it.
July 10, 2010
good acting from jackie cooper oscar nominated performance
½ June 12, 2010
Cute kids, cute script. Sadly this movie has not aged well. Sometimes an old movie can be watched in context to the history of other greats but sadly this ones only claim to fame is the oscar nomination for Cooper.
½ February 22, 2010
Way over the top with sentimentality, and audiences at that time loved it, but it doesn?t age that well over time. It does have a great deal of charm still, and Jackie Cooper is quite a ham! Funny, often very touching. It is a lovely film overall.
½ February 22, 2010
75/100. Way over the top with sentimentality, and audiences at that time loved it, but it doesn't age that well over time. It does have a great deal of charm still, and Jackie Cooper is quite a ham! Funny, often very touching. It is a lovely film overall.
April 15, 2009
Very entertaining comedy from 1931 starring Jackie Cooper (in the youngest Best Actor nominated performance) as the title character. Cooper is cute and hilarious playing a boy who befriends a kid Sooky whose dog was sent to the pound. Skippy and Sooky spend the rest of the film trying to get the money in order to get the dog back. I love that Cooper got nominated for this, he's so perfect, acting so innocent during many scenes while he gets into so much trouble. I especially love his introduction in the film. I'm glad I finally saw this.
Super Reviewer
July 4, 2008
nominated for best picture oscar
½ February 22, 2008
Skippy (1931) starts out as a cutesy comic-strip-to-film adaptation. However, the film quickly belies its humble cartoonish beginnings to become an endearing piece of social commentary, a literal screen capture of Depression-era America.

The plot is simple: cute, loveable, and precocious Skippy must save Shantytown and its residents from emminent destruction initiated by his own father, the town physician, who's recommended the eradication of the vermin and germ-infested ramshackle town. Along the way, he meets Sooky, a resident of Shantytown whose hidden dog has been taken away by the dogcatcher, Mr. Nubbins, because he‚??s an unlicensed pet (as a result of another directive from Skippy's father, Dr. Skinner). Hilarity and adventure ensue as Skippy and Sooky come up with fun and inventive ways to raise the $3.00 necessary to free Penny the Dog from Mr. Nubbins. Somewhere along the way, between the magic show and the trips to the pound, this little film becomes quite an affecting piece as the protagonist finds himself complicit in the shuffling of the poor, destitute denizens of the Shantytown he loves more than his own stable, opulent dwelling.

Reminiscent of the saving of the destitute man-cum-gentleman in My Man Godfrey, this film takes the plight of Depression-starved America and figures it into the backdrop and plot of the story thus elevating the film from a cute comic delight to something with a little more social and historical relevance. It puts a face on the poor and panders to the idea that every little kindness helps in the face of adversity, blurring the line between the "haves" and the "have-nots". And it accomplishes all this without becoming treacly and overly-sentimental. The sound quality is great for such an old film. The picture jiggles a little in the beginning, possibly from being warped at one point, but there's never that tinny quality that overwhelms some of the early talkies.

Jackie Cooper is an absolute delight as the title character, Skippy, and his chemisty with Robert Coogan (who plays new best buddy, Sooky) is very believable. Coogan almost upstages Cooper at times turning in a great supporting performance (I actually thought he was little girl in the beginning when he says his name three times!). Cooper‚??s standout scene takes place at Mr. Nubbins‚?? when Skippy slowly learns of his own family‚??s implications in the tragedy that occurs toward the end of the film. Sentimental or not, you might just shed a tear.

Mitzi Green is hilarious as Eloise. Her comic timing is impeccable and she enthusiastically inhabits her role.

Norman Taurog (who was Jackie Cooper‚??s uncle) won an Oscar for his direction and Cooper himself was nominated at ten years old making him, to this day, the youngest male actor nominated in the lead acting category.

Hard to find, but well worth checking out.
June 6, 2007
It gets no better than this
June 4, 2007
Glorious. Glorious. Glorious. Taurog got an Oscar, but still, Glorious.
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