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When a Feller Needs a Friend (1932)

Eddie wears a leg brace and his mother will not let him play like the other boys. His hope is that a German doctor will be able to operate and fix his leg. When his cousin Froggie comes to ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry A. Pollard (as Harry Pollard)

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Frank Butler, William Johnston (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jackie Cooper ... Edward Haverford 'Eddie' Randall
Charles 'Chic' Sale ... Uncle Jonas Tucker
Ralph Graves ... Mr. Tom Randall
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Margaret Randall
Andy Shuford ... Frederick 'Froggie'
Helen Parrish ... Diana Manning
Donald Haines Donald Haines ... Fatty Bullen
Gus Leonard Gus Leonard ... Abraham
Oscar Apfel ... Doctor
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Eddie wears a leg brace and his mother will not let him play like the other boys. His hope is that a German doctor will be able to operate and fix his leg. When his cousin Froggie comes to live with his family, he is nice to Mr. and Mrs. Randall, but mean to Eddie. Uncle Jonas sees what is happening, but Eddie's parents do not believe him as Froggie seems so nice. Uncle Jonas tries to make Eddie tougher by teaching him boxing and baseball, but all it does is get Jonas thrown out of the house. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This is one of about two dozen feature films directed by Harry A. Pollard, which the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, in all 3 of their volumes, 1911-1920, 1921-1930 and 1931-1940, chooses to erroneously credit to comedian Harry (Snub) Pollard, who is, of course, a different person entirely. See more »

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Happy Days are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
Sung by the family at the end
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The acting excesses of Jackie Cooper and the manipulative plot makes this film difficult to enjoy.
5 January 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

I thought I would enjoy this film more having been involved with a crippled child in my family, but there were too many negative aspects in this film. Jackie Cooper was simply cloying as he alternated between his two basic moods: deliriously happy and miserably unhappy and sobbing. I found it difficult to understand how his father, Ralph Graves, could take his newly adopted son fishing while leaving a pleading Cooper at home. Coddling should have its limits even in the movies. Uncle Charles 'Chic' Sale had the right idea about building up the boy's self-image, but I disliked the way he did it, by insisting on fisticuffs to defend himself from his bully of a brother. Still, Sale was the only one in the film I liked.

The New York Times review mentioned that when the film opened at the Capitol Theater in New York, the stage show included Edmond Lowe, Victor McLaglen, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra. Now that would have been something to see!


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