Skippy (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
B.P. Schulberg
Written by Norman McLeod
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Don Marquis
Sam Mintz
Starring Jackie Cooper
Robert Coogan
Mitzi Green
Jackie Searl
Music by Irving Berlin
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 5, 1930 (1930-04-05)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Skippy is a 1930 American film. The screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Don Marquis, Norman Z. McLeod, and Sam Mintz was based on the comic strip Skippy by Percy Crosby. For his performance, Jackie Cooper, at the age of nine, became the youngest person to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

The film starred Jackie Cooper, Robert Coogan, Mitzi Green and Jackie Searl. Director Norman Taurog won the Academy Award for Directing (at age 32, he remains the youngest winner in this category). The film also did well enough to inspire a sequel called Sooky (1930).

This film was going to be one of Universal's first MOD (Manufactured on Demand) titles released, but was withdrawn without explanation. It has yet to be announced as an MOD title.


The story involved Skippy's efforts to help his new friend Sooky. Sooky is played by Jackie Coogan's brother Robert. In the story Sooky lives in a shantytown, and both he and Skippy try desperately to save a dog. In one scene, director Norman Taurog needed to get his nephew, Jackie Cooper, to cry, so he told young Jackie that he was going to kill his dog. Jackie did the scene and proceeded to find out his dog would be unharmed. From this point on, Jackie Cooper had mixed feelings toward his uncle, almost to the point of hatred, and rarely spoke to him again.


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