Skippy (1931)



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Percy Crosby's popular newspaper comic strip Skippy comes to life in this 1931 film. Designed as a vehicle for Our Gang's Jackie Cooper -- then all of nine years old -- Skippy jettisons most of the trenchant cynicism of Crosby's creation (the strip was something of a 1930s Calvin and Hobbes) in favor of sentiment. Skippy, the son of the local health inspector (Willard Robertson) conspires with his best friend, Sooky (Robert Coogan), a poor kid, to raise enough money for a dog license. The mutt in question is eventually shot by the mean dogcatcher, and the effect on Skippy and Sooky (not to mention the audience) is devastating. The tragedy leads Skippy's dad to soften his disciplinarian stance and to draw closer to his son. Skippy was followed by an even more lachrymose sequel, Sooky, also released in 1931. Twenty-five years later, Jackie Cooper, by that time a prominent TV producer/director, tried to revive Skippy as a weekly series, with future My Three Sons co-star Stanley Livingston in the lead.


Jackie Cooper
as Skippy Skinner
Robert Coogan
as Sooky Wayne
Willard Robertson
as Dr. Herbert Skinner
Enid Bennett
as Mrs. Ellen Skinner
Donald Haines
as Harley Nubbins
David Haines
as Harley Nubbins
Jack Clifford
as Dogcatcher Nubbins
Guy Oliver
as Dad Burkey
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Critic Reviews for Skippy

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Cooper's playing could not be improved upon.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This youthful player [Jackie Cooper] gives a truly remarkable portrayal in a film that is endowed with wholesome amusement and affecting tenderness.

Dec 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A charming children's picture that doesn't neglect adults.

Jan 30, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Norman Taurog won the Best Director Oscar for this charming tale, based on Crosby's comic strip featuring child star Jackie Cooper in one of his endearing performances.

Mar 20, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Skippy is very effective at showing the world through a child's eyes: issues like class divides, deep pockets and public perceptions are meaningless.

May 22, 2010 | Rating: 64/100 | Full Review…

Aside from Cooper's performance, the best thing about the film is its grasp on what it was like to be a kid.

Nov 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Skippy

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This is a cute and slightly more realistic movie than you'd expect. It's really very interesting, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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