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So long ago the garden
what happened to movies like this ? Too good for this world ? I think not.
- cee m.
I cant believe that I haven't seen this one before. Jackie Cooper was adorable as usual. At first, I thought I was watching a "Little Rascals" movie. This would be a good little movie to watch on dvd with the kids or grandkids and a great time to teach them about sharing and compassion and the hard times of the 'depression'. (some of us adults could use a lesson or two also).
- Mark E Salovich
This movie has a lot to offer. It has a good message that is missing from most movies today. Good acting too by Jackie Cooper. A hidden gem. Don't miss it.
- Maggie Bostwick
Great performances by all. Robert Coogan's performance as Sooky was especially good. Unfortunately, he disappeared soon after this film, and never got the recognition he deserved.
- Barbara Lerma
This movie was a wonderful and refreshing movie to see. It reminds you how kids use to actually play outside, not like today where they sit around all day and play games on tv with their Nintendo PSP, etc. Would like to see it again with my grandchildren if it airs again.
Beautiful resorted print
- Jarrod McDonald
Indeed, we were lucky to see a freshly restored print of this film on TCM last night. I disagree with another reviewer's comments that it is too sentimental...this is how kids are, they do get emotional...and even adults shed tears when animals die. The simplicity of the story and Taurog's perfect direction allows the child actors to really shine in their roles. The actor who played the father was also very good. This film should be in heavy rotation in the summer when kids are home from school to watch it. Or, it would be just as good if it aired on Saturdays every few months.
- Elliot Fisch
Thank you TCM for showing this movie for the 1st time in 50 years on Los Angeles television. I remember seeing this as a little boy and it has stuck with me all these years. Seeing it again made me appreciate the performances, direction and story even more. A great family film with a wonderful performance by Jackie Cooper. What's most fascinating is the J.L. Manciewicz dialogue which uses "children's logic" which is truly genuine and just the way kids talk and think. Norman Taurog's direction has just the right touch so that this is convincing. Although some of the scenes play like The Little Rascals, all is forgiven by the beautiful touching scenes between Skippy and Sooki. Beautiful print in amazing condition. I would like to see how this was restored. Don't let another 50 years pass, this should be required viewing.
- James Higgins
Way over the top with sentimentality, and audiences at that time loved it, but it doesn't age that well over time. It does have a great deal of charm still, and Jackie Cooper is quite a ham! Funny, often very touching. It is a lovely film overall.