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William T. Lackey
Directed by : William Nigh
Starring : Jackie Cooper.... Jimmy
Dick Purcell.... Tap Keenan
Marjorie Reynolds.... Anne
George Cleveland.... Pop O'Toole
Writing credits : Robert Hardy Andrews
This DVD has the famous child star Jackie Cooper playing the title role of Jimmy, a newsboy-by-day/law student-by-night. Because he wants to pattern his life after the famous president, he has been given the nickname "Abe Lincoln of Ninth Avenue." Experience this classic drama, one of the true classics of the genre.
THE PLOT : Jackie Cooper plays the title character, Jimmy, who is a newsboy who studies law at night and puts his foot down when mobsters want a piece of the action. Here is a complete review of the film included in this incredible DVD.
Jimmy Keenan (Jackie Cooper) runs a newsstand in New York by day and goes to law school at night, meanwhile keeping tabs on a pack of young hooligans who are constantly troubling the boys who work for him. Extortion-gathering hoods threaten him and his crippled pal Gimpy (Martin Spellman) When the boys get into a fight with the gang, they are hauled before a kindly judge, and Jimmy defends them persuasively.
Because he wants to pattern his life after the famous president, he has been given the nickname "Able Lincoln of Ninth Avenue."
With Christmas just around the corner Jimmy is trying to cheer his handicapped friend into some Christmas spirit and plans a surprise for him. Alas his pops gambling ways spoil the surprise as he gambles away the money meant for the Christmas treat. But the thoughtful judge comes along and invites Jimmy and his boys over for a Christmas feast, where Anne (Marjorie Reynolds), the judges niece, is more than happy to meet all of them.
But alls not well for Jimmy, his racketeer wealthy brother Tap Keenan (Dick Purcell) is up to no good and is constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons. When the cops are on the look out for him after he murders someone, he runs to Jimmy for help, while the latter refuses to give in. Eventually Jimmys little friend Gimpy gets shot in the bargain.
EDITORIAL REVIEW : As a pug-nosed blond with pouting mouth and the ability to shed tears in buckets, Jackie Cooper was one of Hollywood's top child stars in the 1930s. Like most child stars, Cooper found his popularity waning as he reached adolescence, and weathered a turbulent period in his personal life while looking for a new direction in his professional life. He and Shirley Temple were the first child stars of the Talky Era. American audiences during the Depression cried and laughed at his antics in a succession of mostly tearjerkers. Until 13 year-old Keshia Castle-Hughes was nominated for Best Actress in 2004 he was the only actor to earn a Best Actor/Actress nomination for an Academy Award before their 18th birthday.
He made a more successful comeback on television. He also did some directing. Many recognize him for his last movie role as editor Perry White in the Superman series of films.