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Plot, Details & Awards

Skippy

(1931)
85min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Sam Mintz Nominated
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Norman Taurog Won
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Joseph L. Mankiewicz Nominated
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Jackie Cooper Nominated
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Nominated

Film Daily

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1931 Film Daily 10 Best Films Won

New York Times

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1931 New York Times 10 Best Films Won

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