Skippy (1931) was a Family - Drama Film directed by Norman Taurog and produced by Louis D. Lighton.
The film was based on the comic strip of the same name from & novel 1929 written by Percy Crosby published in 1923 to 1945.
Academy Awards 1930/31 --- Ceremony Number 4 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Jackie Cooper||Nominated|
|Best Director||Norman Taurog||Won|
|Best Picture||Paramount Publix||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Sam Mintz||Nominated|
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To induce crying, Jackie Cooper was fooled into it by director Norman Taurog - his uncle, having married the sister of Jackie's mother. Taurog yelled out, "Where's that dog? Just go shoot him!" (the dog was Jackie's own dog). Somebody who got a gun with a blank in it went behind the truck where the dog had been taken and fired the gun. It worked, though a little too well. It took Jackie a very long time to stop crying, even after the scene was over and the director tried to kindly tell him they were just fooling; they only did that to get Jackie to cry for the scene. In addition, Jackie said he lost a lot of respect for his uncle that day.
After Jackie Cooper was hired for the part, he and his mother read many of the comic strips and other long-running features to help him get to know the character. He thought the costume he would have to wear was rather silly, but understood that it was a basic feature that couldn't be changed.
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