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Skippy, a classic 1931 family comedy-drama, tells the story of the rascally teenager, Skippy Skinner (Jackie Cooper), who enjoys defying his parents. He lives in a well-to-do neighborhood where his snobbish father, Dr. Herbert Skinner (Willard Robertson), runs the city's health board. One of Skippy's favorite insolent activities is visiting the Shantytown across the railroad tracks. There, Skippy befriends a poor boy named Sooky Wayne (Robert Coogan), whose dog, Penny, is being hounded by a malevolent dog-catcher (Jack Clifford). Dr. Skinner would rather Skippy spend time with the more apple-pie children of his own town, such as the Sidney (Jackie Searl) and his sister Eloise (Mitzi Green). Nonetheless, Skippy remains friends with Sooky and tries to help him save Penny. In 1931, the movie was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Norman Taurog won the Oscar for Best Director. The film also stars Enid Bennett, Donald Haines and Helen Jerome Eddy.