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Gangster's Boy (1938)





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Too old to play the cute MGM urchin any longer, 16-year-old Jackie Cooper signed with Monogram for a group of above-average programmers. Gangster's Boy was the second of this series, all of which followed a predestined pattern of shame and redemption. Young Cooper is a high-school honor student who is revealed to be the son of an ex-gangster (Robert Warwick). Shunned by former friends, Cooper nonetheless stands by his dad, defending him to a hostile community. Father and son eventually prevail over provincial bigotry, though Cooper seems happier about the whole thing than the ever-sullen Warwick (an actor better suited to the role of a business executive or Shakespearean ham). Sentimental to the nth degree, Gangster's Boy was a success, prompting a third Cooper Monogram "special" with a similar plotline, Streets of New York (39).

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Jackie Cooper
as Larry Kelly
Lucy Gilman
as Julie Davis
Robert Warwick
as Tim "Knuckles" Kelly
Tommy Wonder
as Bill Davis
Louise Lorimer
as Molly Kelly
Selmer Jackson
as Judge Roger Davis
Selmar Jackson
as Judge Roger Davis
Bobby Stone
as Salvatore
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Davis
Huntley Gordon
as Principal Benson
William Gould
as District Attorney Edward Jameson
Jack Kennedy
as Sergeant
Herbert Evans
as Stevens, the Butler
Huntly Gordon
as Principal Benson
Hooper Atchley
as Sammy Trip
Byron Foulger
as Secretary
Jack Gardner
as Photographer
Harry Harvey
as Reporter
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