Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Devil is a Sissy
I love Turner Classic Movies. Even when it's not showing "good" movies, it's showing things I at least find interesting. Like a marathon of movies starring "Maisie", whoever that is.
In this case, it's a 1936 movie chosen by Harvey Fierstein called The Devil is a Sissy. It stars the three big child stars of the day: Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper, and Mickey Rooney. That's a pretty good cast!
The plot involves Freddie Bartholomew as a British transplant trying to join the New York gang run by Rooney and Cooper. Now, you have to remember that Freddie Bartholomew is extremely -- well, let's put it this way. You know when you call someone "Little Lord Fauntleroy"? That was Freddie Bartholomew. So he's about ideal for the part of "prissy British kid in over his head with the tough guys".
The plot is pretty much by the numbers: Bartholomew gets into trouble trying to join the gang and then they get in trouble, and blah blah blah. It's not actually that good a movie. I found it fascinating, though.