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My Boy

Country: USA

Genre: Drama



Young Jackie Blair is travelling from Europe to America with his widowed mother, but his mother dies en route. Now an orphan, when his ship arrives at the US the immigration authorities on Ellis Island intend to deport him back to Europe, but he manages to give them the slip. He finds his way into the home of ex-seaman Captain Bill who, despite initial misgivings, grows fond of the boy. But when officials find where the boy is staying, they attempt to take him away...

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  • Jackie Coogan
    (Jackie Blair)
  • Claude Gillingwater
  • Mathilde Brundage
  • Frank Hayes
  • Patsy Marks

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The plot's nothing new, but this is a well-made Jackie Coogan vehicle that does just what it's meant to: serve as a showcase for his exceptional gifts as an actor. Little Jackie sings -- of course we can't hear him -- and he dances -- he was doing the shimmy when Chaplin first spotted him -- and he bathes, and he smiles, and he hugs and kisses, and he makes a daring leap from high up, and then the filmmakers show off their pièce de résistance: a scene, copied from The Kid, in which Jackie cries and struggles while being taken away by the cruel authorities. It's all calculated to make the public fall even harder for cinema's first boy star, and it clearly worked. The background material of the immigrant experience and poverty is scarcely even sketched in, more made into a cardboard stage for Jackie to delight us on; immigration is dealt with in more depth in The Lad from Old Ireland, The Italian and Gretchen the Greenhorn. Also check out Lois Weber's passionate 'social problem films' Where Are My Children? and Hypocrites.

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