The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Childhood Drama, Juvenile Delinquency Film  |   Release Date - Sep 18, 1936 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
  • AllMovie Rating
    6
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Share on

The Devil Is a Sissy deserves an historical footnote as the only film to team three of the biggest child stars of the 1930s: Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper and Freddie Bartholomew. Bartholomew is a wealthy young English boy attending a New York "magnet" school, whose students are drawn from all walks of life. He is befriended by slum kid Rooney, son of a recently executed gangster, who in his own roughneck fashion helps Bartholomew to "assimilate" (Translation: He helps him to steal and evade the cops). Cooper is a middle-class gang leader with whom Rooney frequently clashes. Freddie attempts to fit in with his new chums by masterminding a break-in at a Park Avenue townhouse. None too soon, all three boys end up in juvenile court.

Characteristics

Keywords

class [social], delinquency, juvenile, newcomer, British, conflict, court [law], mastermind, team, trial [courtroom], assimilation, gangster, parent, slums, youth