|Jackie Cooper In the Little Rascals|
That same year Cooper starred in "The Champ" and it is probably the best thing of which he is remembered. He steals the show from a veteran cast, especially Beery who went onto win the Oscar for Best Actor. But time has shone its light brighter on nine year old Jackie Cooper. You can get a synopsis of "THE CHAMP" HERE, The Champ
One of my recent discoveries of Cooper's, on TCM of course was Syncopation (1942). Cooper was older and not as compelling, but the movie was a great surprise as it tracks the course and progress of jazz in American society. Fiction mind you, but this low budget film, while pedestrian in many ways is stark in its portrayal of race relations, relative to films of the era. A great courtroom scene like no other, again relative to its time is just great. Cooper finds his way into the film about half way through, but this film is a nice film overall and worth a look.
Jackie Cooper would go onto serve at the end of World War II and get into theater first and then television. A two time Emmy winner for director, his modern film incarnation was as Perry White, Editor in chief of "The Daily Planet" in all four "SUPERMAN" movies. He was an iconic actor as a child who dedicated his life to entertainment. But, hey we have it all on film. R.I.P., Jackie Cooper.