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O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935)

Passed | | Drama | 27 September 1935 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Wallace Beery ... Captain Michael 'Windy' O'Shaughnessy
Jackie Cooper ... Joseph 'Stubby' O'Shaughnessy
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Joseph 'Stubby' O'Shaughnessy as a Child (as Spanky McFarland)
Henry Stephenson ... Major Winslow
Sara Haden ... Aunt Martha Shields (as Sarah Haden)
Leona Maricle ... Cora O'Shaughnessy
Willard Robertson ... Dan Hastings
Clarence Muse ... Jeff
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Franz the Trainer (as Ben Hendricks)
Wade Boteler ... Callahan-South Bend Detective
Jack Daley Jack Daley ... Mack, the Investigator
Oscar Apfel ... Martha's Lawyer
Granville Bates ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Secretary (scenes deleted)
Marcia Blair Marcia Blair ... Child
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1935 (USA) See more »

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Cirkusliv See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Wallace Beery's Life Is a Circus
20 September 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Circus animal trainer Wallace Beery (as "Windy" O'Shaughnessy) shows son "Spanky" McFarland (as "Stubby") how to train a lion cub while well-proportioned wife and mother Leona Maricle (as Cora) thrills audiences on the flying trapeze. She suffers from psychological problems, and leaves the circus due to Mr. Beery's drinking and carousing. Beery, devastated because he no longer has the companionship of his son, is disabled when his right arm becomes tiger food. He hits the skids as a one-armed-man, but will soon receive a second chance with both the circus and his son.

When his mother is taken the biggest of the big tops, young Jackie Cooper (as Joseph O'Shaughnessy, a slightly older "Stubby") is placed in military school under the guardianship of mean aunt Sarah Haden (as Martha Shields). The court grants Beery custody of son Cooper for a three month trial period. He takes his boy back to live at the circus, where Beery's been re-hired (despite now having only one arm). Trouble is, teary-eyed Cooper misses his mother and feels none of the old closeness with Beery. Can Beery win back both his son's heart, and his courage in the cage?

"O'Shaughnessy's Boy" capitalizes on the chemistry of its stub-nosed co-stars, who won box office battles in "The Champ" (1931). It also features some good MGM resources, although you'll mainly see them being wasted in this film. The biggest distraction is the fact that Beery is supposed to be playing a man with one arm through most of the movie, and it's obvious he's simply hiding his right arm under an over-sized coat. Most of the performances are overwrought, although Beery and Ms. Haden have some good moments. "Spanky" McFarland and Cooper were both in "Our Gang".

***** O'Shaughnessy's Boy (9/27/35) Richard Boleslawski ~ Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Sara Haden, Clarence Muse


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