Norman Taurog while directing Jackie Cooper in a crying scene ordered a security guard to take away his dog and pretend to shoot him backstage. The movie catapulted young Cooper to super-stardom. He was responsible for packaging series (such as Bewitched) and other projects and selling them to the networks.
He was a child actor who managed to make the transition to an adult career. Kramer (1979). At age 9 he was also the youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role—an honor that he received for the film Skippy (1931).