WHEN A FELLER NEEDS A FRIEND REVIEWED
“When A Feller Needs A Friend” is your typical Jackie Cooper movie. If you’re not familiar with Cooper, just imagine Shirley Temple packing trouser sausage. Got it? Good! Well, this outing finds Cooper as a crippled kid who wants to be like the others. However, his stepbrother bully isn’t having any of this empowerment talk. So, the bully Froggy beats the hell out of Jackie Cooper when his parents aren’t around to save him. This was the Depression, Cooper was lucky not to be sold for luncheon meat and a canteen.
Cooper’s Uncle tries to teach him to toughen up, but this gets the good Uncle thrown out of the house. So, what’s a little cripple kid to do? Well, he dreams that one day a German surgeon can fix his leg. Then, he can fight for the Nazi Supermen of Tomorrow! Just kidding. That would’ve been a far more compelling narrative. Honestly, the kid just learns to stick up for himself and his parent seem as a person. What’s more amazing is that the movie was based on a book called Limpy. If only modern YA novels were that basic with their titles.
- 1.37:1 standard definition transfer