My Boy (film)

My Boy is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Victor Heerman and Albert Austin, and starring child actor Jackie Coogan.

My Boy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVictor Heerman; Albert Austin
Produced bySol Lesser
Written byVictor Heerman
StarringJackie Coogan
CinematographyGlen MacWilliams
Robert Martin
Release date
  • December 25, 1921 (1921-12-25)
Running time
56 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] little Jackie Blair (Coogan) arrives in New York City from France without a friend in the world, his mother having died in steerage during the voyage. He slips by the immigration officers at Ellis Island by blending in with a family of eight, and follows an old seaman Captain Bill (Gillingwater), who was looking for work along the waterfront, home. Jackie makes himself handy around the house and when morning comes and the Captain decides to take him back to the immigration bureau, Jackie begs to remain. Later, the Captain is taken ill and Jackie goes out and dances with a hand organ grinder to obtain the money needed to buy some medicine. Invited to a party at a settlement house sponsored by wealthy lady, Jackie is accused of stealing the lady's handbag. The handbag is found, however, and the lady turns out to be Jackie's grandmother Mrs. Blair (Brundage), who had been searching the city for him.



In the previous year, Coogan had made a meteoric rise to fame as the star of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid. The film was conceived and written expressly for him,[3] and his father, Jackie Coogan Sr., was given some credit in the press for helping to adapt the script.[4] The film title was reportedly suggested to the production team by Hollywood impresario Sid Grauman.[4]


The movie has been preserved and was released in 2004 as part of a Warner home video two-disc special edition of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid.[5]


  1. My Boy at AllMovie
  2. "Reviews: My Boy". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (1): 63. December 31, 1921.
  3. "New Jackie Coogan Feature Completed But Not Yet Titled". Motion Picture Daily. 11 (11): 740. February 11, 1922. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  4. "'My Boy' To Be Title of Jackie Coogan's Next". The Wichita Beacon. Wichita, KS. September 11, 1921. Retrieved September 6, 2015 via
  5. "2004 Warner Home Video DVD edition".
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