SHIRLEY TEMPLE AND FRIENDS MOVIE PAGE




SHIRLEY TEMPLE AND FRIENDS


Several movies and shorts about either Shirley
Temple, or other children stars back in the 30's
and 40's! None of these have closed captioning! :(

FEATURE MOVIES


THE RED-HAIRED ALIBI(1932):

Quite a serious movie about blackmail, murder
and bribery! That's just about the whole movie,
other than the side story about the woman involved
being hired as a nanny, then later marrying a man
with a young girl(Shirley Temple)! A pretty good
movie, but in kind of bad shape with a few jumps
and glitches! B

A review from an IMDb.com customer:

A young Shirley Temple appears briefly in "Scared
to Death" director Christy Cabanne's bland but
inoffensive potboiler about a homicide and a
desperate dame on the dodge. This trim, 68-minute
crime saga concerns a perfume counter girl, Lynn
Monith (Merna Kennedy), in a Columbus, Ohio, hotel.
She experiences a close encounter with a notorious
mobster. This elegantly-attired but crafty mobster,
Trent Travers (Theodore von Eltz of "The Divorcée"),
needs somebody to substantiate his whereabouts
after he has committed a crime. He wants a woman
who knows how to keep her mouth shut. Our naive
heroine doesn't realize the enormity of her situation
until Travers slips her a smoking revolver and orders
her to dispose of it. Moments earlier Travers had
slipped out of his car and gunned down another
gangster.

If only the Savoy Hotel where she once worked
had not gone out of business, Lynn probably
wouldn't have moved to New York City to act
as a companion to Travers. Poor Lynn finds herself
in a predicament that goes from bad to
sour fast. After she has arrived in the Big Apple,
Traver installs Lynn in a plush apartment,
provided her with a clothing allowance, and
her a $100 a month. Guilty and terrified by
the implications of what she has done to ensure
that the criminal boss goes free, Lynn vanishes
off the face of the earth, but she doesn't stay
gone long enough. Lynn tries her best to elude
Travers, but it is only a matter of time before
he finds her again.

Earlier, after Lynn arrived in New York City,
our heroine crossed paths with wealthy Bob
Shelton (Grant Withers) when he comes searching
from his top that. Bob finds Lynn sitting on it
on a couch. Bob has troubles of his own. Shelton's
wife seems to have abandoned not only him but
also their cute daughter Gloria. Bob wants Lynn
to marry him and help him raise his four-year
old daughter. Nevertheless, Travers gets in
touch with her again and demands that she
fork over $10-thousand dollars so he can hide
out. She meets him on a rainy night at a
restaurant and brandishes the same gun that
he had killed a gangster rival. The police
show up and clear Lynn of Travers' murder
because the bullet that the coroner dug
out of Travers didn't match the gun that Lynn
had.

Merna Kennedy generates more than enough
sympathy as a twenty-three year old woman
who is duped by a cunning criminal. Shirley
Temple spends most of her time being cuddled.
She is never in direct jeopardy. Theodore von
Eltz is good as the sinister crime boss who
prefers to handle his problems in person. He
has a low opinion of women, The quality of
this print is abysmal, but the dialogue
survives intact. Imagine "Pretty Woman"
with an amoral heroine who protects
her own, and you've got the gist of "Red
Haired Alibi." Unfortunately, nothing in
the Altogether, this tolerable crime thriller
doesn't wear out its welcome. - Pretty 'Bad' Woman

Cast of The Red-Haired Alibi:

Shirley Temple ... Gloria Shelton
Merna Kennedy ... Lynn Monith
Theodore von Eltz ... Trent Travers
Grant Withers ... Bob Shelton
Purnell Pratt ... Police Inspector Regan
Huntley Gordon ... Police Capt. Kent
Fred Kelsey ... Detective Corcoran
Arthur Hoyt ... Henri
Paul Porcasi ... Margoli
John Vosburgh ... Morgan


LAW OF VENGEANCE(1933):

Shirley is hardly more than a baby in this
one! All about a feud that gets just about
everyone killed sooner or later! Not bad,
but not great either! This copy, while not
great, isn't as bad as the reviewer below
makes out! C

A review from an Amazon.com customer:

This may be a fine, early Randolph Scott-starring,
Henry Hathaway-directed Western. It is hard to
tell. The original (from which this and other public
domain copies derive) was obviously in poor shape
with lots of splices, too-dark night scenes, film
damage, and some missing frames. It is a
surprisingly brutal western for this early in the
30's. I sought this out because of my fondness
for the work of silent actress Esther Ralston.
Even in this almost unwatchable print, her
verve and attractiveness stand out. There
is even a semi-nude swimming scene. An
interesting supporting cast includes Noah
Beery Sr., Barton MacLane, Gail Patrick,
Buster Crabbe, and Shirley Temple (!!).
We can hope for a true restoration but that
seems unlikely for this B western. Perhaps
a better original exists that may show up
on TCM. TO THE LAST MAN (aka LAW OF
VENGEANCE) is supposed to run about 70
minutes. This TGG Direct copy runs at
least five minutes less than that. Other
public domain copies--presumably also
of poor quality and incomplete--are sold
from Roan and Alpha Video. - David T. Steere, Jr.

Cast of Law Of Vengeance:

Shirley Temple ... Mary Stanley (uncredited)
Randolph Scott ... Lynn Hayden
Esther Ralston ... Ellen Colby
Jack La Rue ... Jim Daggs
Buster Crabbe ... Bill Hayden
Barton MacLane ... Neil Stanley
Noah Beery ... Jed Colby
Gail Patrick ... Ann Hayden Stanley
Egon Brecher ... Mark Hayden
Muriel Kirkland ... Molly Hayden
Fuzzy Knight ... Jeff Morley
James Eagles ... Eli Bruce (as James C. Eagles)
Eugenie Besserer ... Granny Spelvin
Harlan Knight ... Grandpa Chet Spelvin
Jay Ward ... Lynn Hayden - as child
Erville Alderson ... Judge (uncredited)
Tom Bay ... Wounded Hayden Man (uncredited)
James Burke ... Kentucky Sheriff (uncredited)
Rosita Butler ... Ann Hayden as a Child (uncredited)
John Carradine ... Pete Garon (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Colby Man Fred (uncredited)
William Gillis ... Hayden Man (uncredited)
Cullen Johnson ... Bill Hayden as a Child (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Colby Man (uncredited)
Jim Mason ... Colby Man Joe (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Greaves (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Blackjack Ward ... Colby Man (uncredited)
Delmar Watson ... Tad Stanley (uncredited)
Maston Williams ... Colby Man (uncredited)



THE LITTLE PRINCESS(1939):

What a great little movie! It's hard to believe
how good of an actress Shirley was at such a
young age! This one's about a young girl left at
a girls school while her father goes off to war!
She learns that her dad was killed in a battle
but she doesn't believe it and goes off to find
him at the hospital where wounded soldiers
are brought back! Of course there's the wicked
witch of the west, ur, the wicked woman running
the school! Very entertaining! And in color! And
a very good transfer! B+

A review from Amazon:

The book and movies are favorites in our family.
s Though the 1995 version is a much better script
with better acting, this film gives attention and
details of the story that the new version does
not - it provides some historical data as well.
But the best selling point of this film is the
"dream scene." Here is a poem in monologue and
dialogue that is pure comedy combined with
dance and exaggeration of characters to the
extreme. This scene makes the movie worth
owning even if you own the newer (better) story
"A Little Princess". - britneyxyz "Britney"

Cast of The Little Princess:

Shirley Temple ... Sara Crewe
Richard Greene ... Geoffrey Hamilton
Anita Louise ... Rose
Ian Hunter ... Captain Crewe
Cesar Romero ... Ram Dass
Arthur Treacher ... Bertie Minchin
Mary Nash ... Amanda Minchin
Sybil Jason ... Becky
Miles Mander ... Lord Wickham
Marcia Mae Jones ... Lavinia
Beryl Mercer ... Queen
Deidre Gale ... Jessie
Ira Stevens ... Ermengarde
E.E. Clive ... Mr. Barrows
Eily Malyon ... Cook



NANCY DREW, REPORTER(1939):

Not Shirley Temple, but still a fun little movie!
There are two REALLY annoying kids(Mary Lee
and the boy), but at least Bonita Granville does
a decent job here, along with Frankie Thomas!
The brat can sing though and does a pretty good
job with one number! B

A review from Amazon:

This very enjoyable B-feature was part of a series
that starred Bonita Granville as Nancy Drew, with
Frankie Thomas as her loyal and often beleaguered
friend Ted. As long as you have the right expectations,
it's good fun to watch. The detective story is simple
but lively, and it has many pleasant light moments
that make the time fly by.

In this feature (which is not one of the stories
adapted directly from the books), Nancy tries
her hand at being a reporter while she
simultaneously attempts to clear an heiress
of a murder charge. The plot is meant to be
enjoyed rather than analyzed, and the settings
likewise are pleasantly varied, as long as you
aren't too critical of the details.

Granville probably didn't find this role much
of a challenge, but she gives it exactly what
is called for. She makes it believable that
Nancy really could outsmart all of the 'adult'
characters, and she also has plenty of lively
energy. Thomas makes Ted seem appropriately
fretful about Nancy's taste for adventure,
yet always ready to help.

Several of the sequences work pretty well
as light entertainment, and the brisk pace
holds it together rather effectively. This is
really just what you hope for in a B-feature
- not much of a weighty nature, to be sure,
but more than enough to make for an enjoyable
hour or so of viewing. - Snow Leopard

Cast of Nancy Drew, Reporter:

Bonita Granville ... Nancy Drew
John Litel ... Carson Drew
Frankie Thomas ... Ted Nickerson (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
Dickie Jones ... Killer Parkins
Mary Lee ... Mary
Larry Williams ... Miles Lambert
Betty Amann ... Eula Denning
Thomas E. Jackson ... City Editor Bostwick (as Thomas Jackson)
Olin Howland ... Police Sergeant Entwhistle
Sheila Bromley ... Bonnie Lucas



A BOY, A GIRL AND A DOG(1946)

Shirley Temple is not in this movie, but the little
girl(Sharyn Moffett) and boy(Jerry Hunter) do a
great job in this light fair about, you guessed
it, a boy, a girl and a dog! Sharyn is quite cute,
and Jerry does good as the main character who
ends up with a puppy that just won't leave him
alone! But what really makes this show is the
great Lionel Stander(Hart To Hart!!)! He plays
a soldier who befriends the two children! A cute
movie, and in pretty good shape(though there
are a couple of glitches throughout). B-

A review from an Amazon.com customer:

This was a nice family movie.

I purchased it because I know the little girl
in the movie. - A Customer

Cast of A Boy, A Girl and A Dog:

Sharyn Moffett ... Button
Jerry Hunter ... Kip
Harry Davenport ... Gramps
Lionel Stander ... Jim
Charles Williams ... Mr. Stone
Charlotte Treadway ... Mrs. Foster
Howard Johnson ... Lt. Stephens
John Vosper ... Mr. Hamilton
Nancy Evans ... Mrs. Hamilton


MICKEY(1948):

It's kinda funny, the opening song is "Someday
My Prince Will Come", which is, of course the
main theme song from Snow White and The
Seven Dwarfs(and of course, again, a "Disney"
film[can we say M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!!!]) And
again, there is no Shirley Temple! This is, however,
a pretty good flick! Though Lois has very much
a high soprano voice which I've never really
cared for, she does a great job here! B

A review from an Amazon.com Customer:

It's a pity Lois didn't do more films, as she
had a lovely voice. This is silly by today's
standards, but continues to be an entertaining
film. - A. V. HOUGEN

Cast of Mickey:

Lois Butler ... Mickey Kelly
Bill Goodwin ... George R. Kelly
Irene Hervey ... Louise Williams
John Sutton ... Ted Whitney
Rose Hobart ... Lydia Matthews
Hattie McDaniel ... Bertha
Skip Homeier ... Hank Evans (as Skippy Homeier)
Beverly Wills ... Cathy Williams
Leon Tyler ... Robbie Matthews


THE GREEN PROMISE(1949):

This movie is again without the wonderful
Shirley Temple, but Natalie Wood does a
bang up job in this! She plays a young girl
who gets uprooted with the rest of her
family and tries to make sense of it all!
While not really a drama, it does have
its dramatic parts, not the least being the
fathers doing! The father is played by
the sweet(!) Walter Brennan who plays
a very gruff role here! A very good movie! B+

A review from Amazon.com:

Child Natalie Wood, and Father Walter
Brennan. Small town, rural America in
the 50's. No child hammyness like today's
child actors. No cheesy cuteness.
Family-oriented entertainment.

Rewatchable. - Buyer Bob "Online Buyer"

Cast of The Green Promise:

Marguerite Chapman ... Deborah Matthews
Walter Brennan ... Mr. Matthews
Robert Paige ... David Barkley
Natalie Wood ... Susan Matthews
Ted Donaldson ... Phineas Matthews
Connie Marshall ... Abigail Matthews
Robert Ellis ... Buzz Wexford
Jeanne LaDuke ... Jessie Wexford
Irving Bacon ... Julius Larkins
Milburn Stone ... Rev. Benton
Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Wexford


THE MIRACLE ON 34th STREET(1954):

This is not the classic from 1947!! It also
does not have Shirley Temple in it! This
was an episode of The 20th Century Fox
Hour! Still a great little "movie" (really
only about an hour long) starring MacDonold
Carey, and featuring a couple of great actors,
Hans Conried(Make Room For Daddy and
many Disney movies, both as voice and
in real life) and Ray Collins(TV's Perry
Mason as Lt. Tragg)! The little girl is ok,
but not of Shirley's caliber! B

A review from an IMDb.com customer:

This abridged TV episode was done by 20th
Century Fox as part of a way to keep up
with the emerging popularity of the new
medium. The shortness of the piece explains
the format of under one hour for the program.

As far as the remake is concerned, its director,
Robert Stevenson, does a good job in recreating
the atmosphere. The young actress, Sandy Descher,
as Susan, is pretty intense for a girl her age. If
one adds the likable actress Teresa Wright, as
the mother, who happens to work for Macy's
and McDonald Carey, as the neighbor, Fred
Gaily, the casting is excellent. Both had
appeared in Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt",
and they have an easy time with one another.

Thomas Mitchell makes a delightful Kris Kringle.
Also in the cast, we see Ray Collins, a veteran
film actor and Hans Conried, who is Ms. Wright's
supervisor.

A timeless story told with conviction. - jotix100

Cast of Miracle On 34th Street:

Macdonald Carey ... Fred Gaily
Teresa Wright ... Doris Walker
Thomas Mitchell ... Kris Kringle
Sandy Descher ... Susan Walker
Dick Foran ... Thomas Mara
Hans Conried ... Mr. Shellhamme
Ray Collins ... Judge Harper
John Abbott ... Dr. Albert Sawyer
Don Beddoe ... R.H. Macy
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Pierce
Sara Berner ... Woman Shopper
Herb Vigran ... Postal Clerk (as Herbert Vigran)
Maudie Prickett ... Miss Prossy
Paul Smith ... Store Clerk
Herbert Heyes ... Mr. Gimbel

SHORTS


BEAR SHOOTERS(1930):

Never really been a big fan of Our Gang films!
This is no exception! While the good thing is
that it is short, it's just not short enough!
This has a few cute moments, but all-in-all
not that good! C-

A review from an Amazon.com customer:

An OUR GANG Comedy Short.

Wanting to become BEAR SHOOTERS, the Gang
goes camping. Unfortunately, they settle on a
spot occupied by a criminal hideout...

A very funny little film. Highlights: the `gorilla';
Chubby's limburger cheese. How would you like
to grease Wheezer? - Ron Oliver

Cast Bear Shooters:

Leon Janney ... Donald 'Spud'
Bobby 'Wheezer' Hutchins ... Wheezer
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Himself (as Farina)
Jackie Cooper ... Jackie
Mary Ann Jackson ... Mary Ann
Norman 'Chubby' Chaney ... Chubby
Bob Kortman ... Bootlegger #1
Charlie Hall ... Charlie (the other bootlegger)
Fay Holderness ... Spud's Mother
Charles Gemora ... Gorilla


MERRILY YOURS(1932):

Not really a vehicle for Shirley, she's only in
this a very short amount of time! Very reminiscent
of a "Father Knows Best" episode! C

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

Poor Sonny (Coughlan), he has a beat up car
and most of the other high school boys make
fun of him. When a beautiful new girl (Blackford)
moves in next door, Sonny and his kid sister
Mary Lou (Shirley Temple) make friends with
her. The local wealthy masher shows up at a
party and tries to take her away from Sonny
and all HECK breaks loose when he insults
the new girl. Director Henry J. Edwards is
better known for two of his other films:
Juggernaut and Scrooge (1935). Junior
Coughlan plays Shirley's brother in at least
one more film, "Pardon My Pups". This is
a cute, but rather thin story in which a
very young Shirley shows off her talents.
Not a very big budget, International Pictures
wasn't a very big studio, Director Edwards
was lucky to get away from there and do
better work. - Jim

Cast Of Merrily Yours:

Shirley Temple ... Mary Lou Rogers
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... James 'Sonny' Rogers
Mary Blackford ... Phyllis Dean
Sidney Miller ... Harry's Stooge
Lloyd Ingraham ... Mr. Dean
Helene Chadwick ... Mrs. Rogers


THE PIE-COVERED WAGON(1932):

Shirley is kidnapped by "savage" Indians!!
It's up to the calvery to save the day! The
reviewer below is nuts!! Yes, there are some
"topless" children in this, but they're all boys!!!!
I ran around all the time without a shirt when
I was that age!! What a prude! Anyway, the
quality of this is pretty bad, but it is kinda cute.
Basically a cowboys and Indians show! Very short! C+

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

In the beginning of her career, Shirley Temple
starred in a god-awful series called 'Baby
Burlesque' films. They consisted of casts of
children from about 3-4 years of age acting
in films where the actors SHOULD have been
adults. This was THE joke in the films and it
wore very thin very fast. And, seeing such
young kids try to act was pretty pathetic--sort
of like seeing kids in a school pageant that
you are forced to endure.

In this installment, Shirley and the gang are
in the old American West. It's complete with
VERY stereotypical Indians, the typical terrible
acting, a trained bear (which they actually
allowed around the kids!!!) and the usual
almost unintelligible dialog (after all, kids
this age just can't deliver lines well).
It also has a dog that talks!! Uggh! All in
all, I can't see how anyone could have
enjoyed these unless they really, really,
really liked seeing small mostly topless
kids performing in for laughs(?)...and
people like this creepy me out big-time.
Nasty. - planktonrules

Cast Of The Pie-Covered Wagon:

Shirley Temple ... Shirley
Georgie Smith ... George
Eugene Butler ... Gene
Philip Hurlic ... Dynamite
Arthur J. Maskery ... Indian Chief
Jimmie Milliken ... Baby


WAR BABIES(1932):

Another one that's pretty hard to understand!
But still rather cute! Shirley again, this time
playing a dancer in a club. No real story,
just basically watching kids play! C

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

A SHIRLEY TEMPLE Short Subject.

It can get mighty rough at Buttermilk Pete's
Cafe when the local contingency of diaper-clad
WAR BABIES come in for their midday milk break.

This primitive little film - a spoof of military
movies - provides a few chuckles, but little
else: tiny tots talking tough can begin to
pall in a short time. Shirley Temple, playing
a duplicitous hip-swinging French miss, hasn't
much to do in this pre-celebrity performance.
Highlight: the real signs of toddler temper
when a few of the infants unexpectedly get
well & truly soaked with milk.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the
one and two-reel short subjects were useful
to the Studios as important training grounds
for new or burgeoning talents, both in front
& behind the camera. The dynamics for
creating a successful short subject was
completely different from that of a feature
length film, something akin to writing a
topnotch short story rather than a novel.
Economical to produce in terms of both
budget & schedule and capable of portraying
a wide range of material, short subjects
were the perfect complement to the Studios'
feature films. - Ron Oliver

Cast Of War Babies:

Shirley Temple ... Charmaine
Georgie Billings ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eugene Butler ... Sergeant Quirt (uncredited)
Philip Hurlic ... Black Boy (uncredited)
Georgie Smith ... Captain Flagg (uncredited)


WHAT'S TO DO?(1932):

Another cute outing for Shirley, though the
focus is really on her brother Sonny! He has
just won the class president race but then
finds out that he and the family are moving
to Seattle! Pretty short (about 20 minutes or
so) and in really good shape compared to some
of the other movies here! C+

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

Shirley Temple is casted as the little precocious
adorable sister in this film short where the father
announces to the family that he is moving them to
Seattle, Washington. Unfortunately, Shirley's big
brother has just won an election at school. He
doesn't want to leave his elected post or the girl
behind. So he and his friends come up with a
savvy plot to keep him home rather than the
move to rainy Seattle. It's a cute short and Shirley's
a supporting player but she rises to the occasion.
You can't take your eyes off of her curls, her
glowing smile, and her ever happy optimism.
Shirley Temple became a star and did it by
doing shorts like this. This film short wasn't
the best quality over time and neglect but
it's okay to watch at least once. - sylviastel

Cast Of What's To Do?:

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Sonny Rogers
Dorothy Ward ... Sonny's Girlfriend
Kenneth Howell ... Harry Vanderpool
Shirley Temple ... Mary Lou Rogers
Harry Myers ... Mr. George Rogers
Lila Leslie ... Mrs. George Rogers


DORA'S DUNKING DOUGHNUTS(1933):

This is actually kinda cute! There are some
glitches in the film, but all-in-all, pretty good
shape for a 1933 film that's not been restored! C+

A review from an IMDb.com customer:

Dora runs a popular donut shop, and Shirley's
teacher happens to have a sweet tooth (can
it be he is sweet on Dora?) Classroom musical
antics are interrupted when the teacher receives
a message about Dora's perfect donuts. The
teacher decided that the class should perform
on a local radio show (they are music students).
The big day arrives, but the teacher's radio
show gets messed up when fights break out.
Especially funny is the singing chicken woman.
Directed by Henry J. Edwards, who directed
other Temple vehicles, but is famed for 1935
"Scrooge" starring Sir Seymour Hicks. There
are some funny scenes and rather silly characters,
but it's all in good fun in this early Temple vehicle,
it's only 20 minutes long. - Jim

Cast of Dora's Dunking Doughnuts:

Shirley Temple ... Shirley
Andy Clyde ... Andy
Ethel Sykes ... Dora
Bud Jamison ... Radio Station Manager
Florence Gill ... Singer on Radio Program
The Meglin Kiddies ... Students (as Meglin Kiddies Band)


GLAD RAGS TO RICHES(1933):

This is not the best of Shirley's performances!!
But interesting enough to give a watch once,
as it is extremely short! C

A review from Amazon.com customer:

This short one-reeler features Shirley Temple
as Diaperina, heading a children-only cast of
three-to-five year olds, performing in a broad
burlesque as the star of a floor show at the "Lullaby
Lobster Palace", dancing and singing "She's Only
a Bird in a Gilded Cage", to represent her
servitude to the evil nightclub owner (Georgie
Smith). Directed by Charles Lamont, who is
generally credited as being Temple's discoverer,
and produced by Jack Hays, who put together
most of her early Screencraft short features,
this effort is intentionally silly, and there is
little evidence among the disjointed episodes
of the star's later self-possession, with
wooden performances by the moppet players,
although Eugene Butler is somewhat winning
as Elmer, hayseed paramour of Diaperina,
who has come to the big city to find and
rescue her; of historic interest only. - rsoonsa

Cast of Glad Rags To Riches:

Eugene Butler ... Nightclub Owner
Lawrence Harris ... Policeman
Georgie Smith ... Elmer
Shirley Temple ... Nell / La Belle Diaperina


KID N' AFRICA(1933):

Shirley in Africa gets grabbed by cannibals
and needs help from, Tarzan?! Fairly short
and not really much to it except cuteness! C

A review from IMDb.com:

A BABY BERLESK Short Subject.

Madam Cradlebait, Converter of Cannibals,
arrives in the jungle in time to be captured
by savages and popped into a big black
cooking pot. Can the resident Ape Boy
save this KID'IN' AFRICA in time?

Short, mildly amusing and thoroughly racist,
this little film (which is a spoof of both
TRADER HORN & TARZAN) is notable only
as one of the early, pre-celebrity movie
appearances by Shirley Temple. As ever,
she is abundantly talented & cute as a
button. The racism, while rather embarrassing,
was not at all unusual in Hollywood films
of this period.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the
one and two-reel short subjects were
useful to the Studios as important training
grounds for new or burgeoning talents,
both in front & behind the camera. The
dynamics for creating a successful short
subject was completely different from
that of a feature length film, something akin
to writing a topnotch short story rather
than a novel. Economical to produce in terms
of both budget & schedule and capable of
portraying a wide range of material, short
subjects were the perfect complement to
the Studios' feature films. - Ron Oliver

Cast of Kid N' Africa:

Shirley Temple ... Madame Cradlebait
Danny Boone Jr. ... Diaperzan


KID N' HOLLYWOOD(1933):

This is really hard to understand! The film
is very degregated! Certainly not one of
Shirley's best! D

A review from Amazon.com:

"Kid 'N' Hollywood" is an early Shirley Temple
short comedy with a cast composed entirely
of young children, enacting adult roles (it was
apparently part of a series of such short films).
It has some funny moments, but has some
uncomfortable parts as well, while also being
a bit too cute at other times. Shirley is a young
aspiring actress who is rejected by the casting
office, but who then gets her chance when
star "Snobbo" doesn't feel like performing.
There are a couple of funny parodies of
Hollywood life, but at other times it is quite
uncomfortable to see children acting
out some of the less admirable aspects
of star behavior.

All in all, an odd movie, and honestly not
a very good one, probably mostly of
historical interest. - Snow Leopard

Cast of Kid N' Hollywood:

Shirley Temple ... Morelegs Sweettrick
Georgie Billings ... Yes-Man #1
Gloria Ann Mack ... Freta Snobo
Georgie Smith ... Jawn Sourpuss


MANAGED MONEY(1933):

Actually pretty cute! Shirley helps her brother
"prospect" for gold and in the process makes
a new friend! C+

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

Frank (Junior) Coghlan portrays Sonny who,
along with his best pal (Kenneth Howell)
and their tiny friend Mary Lou (Shirley Temple)
decide to try prospecting for gold into
California's high desert region, the point
of which is an attempt to gain enough
money for the financing of Sonny's tuition
into a military academy which his parents
cannot afford for him to attend. A variety
of silliness transpires during this short, much
of it concerning Mary Lou's new-found desert
tramp friend (Huntley Gordon) who is a victim
of amnesia, but the ofttimes spontaneous
roughhousing between the two teen-aged
boys along with their complete artlessness
causes the viewer to forget the thinly written
script. - rsoonsa

Cast Of Managed Money:

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Sonny Rogers (as Junior Coghlan)
Shirley Temple ... Mary Lou Rogers
Harry Myers ... Mr. George Rogers
Huntley Gordon ... Police Officer
Virginia True Boardman ... Mrs. George Rogers
Helene Chadwick ... Mrs. George Rogers
Sidney Miller ... Sidney - Sonny's friend


POLLY TIX IN WASHINGTON(1933):

Not one of the best here! Some of this is almost
impossible to understand! Shirley plays the title
character, in a two piece at that! No real plot,
no real dialogue, no adults! Just a cute movie! C+

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

At first I thought the little darlings were cute
but my heart sunk, feeling like some old pervert
who had money had taken advantage of
innocence and the poor. Then I found it to
be of great value to me. We are a spoiled
society in a time when we have so much and
appreciate so little. These films were made
during the great depression... very harsh
times when people were starving, broken,
lost everything and the films are a peek
into what life was like. The comments say
a great deal about that time in history, and
although it seems distasteful at first, you
still can't help but appreciate how talented
Shirley Temple was at such an early age!

Why would anyone even allow someone to
depict the little ones in such a way? Child
porn, incest and other abuses were handled
differently then and usually considered
nobody's business as well. We didn't have
the laws we presently have and I think we
should be appreciative of the lessons that
show us just how far we have come in both
our technology and our laws of humanity in
less than a century. We should also be grateful
to those who pioneered the whole process,
both the victims and the heroes. A picture
speaks a thousand words and I see these little
films as a valuable piece of our history.

The time that most of us know Shirley
Temple best for was during World War II
when she gave us all hope (Such as "The
Little Princess"). Shirley Temple gave us
what we needed most in a time when we
had so many devastating losses. She was
America's Little Sweetheart who later
became an ambassador to the United States
since she had spent her life knowing how
to deal with dignitaries from foreign
countries. We owe her respect and a
thank you in a big way and these early
films show us that her successes and
contributions were not from easy beginnings
or for free! - yvonnemc-1

Cast Of Polly Tix In Washington:

Shirley Temple ... Polly Tix
Eugene Butler ... Country Politician
Gloria Ann Mack ... The Little Sister
Georgie Smith ... Corrupt Politician


PARDON MY PUPS(1934):

This is cute, with Shirley playing a little
more important role than some of the other
shorts here! Last scene is a hoot! C+

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

This is one of the better features in the
series of short family comedies that starred
Junior Coghlan and Shirley Temple as brother
and sister. It is 'cute' in a generally positive sense,
while usually managing to avoid becoming cloying.
The story, while contrived at some points, has
something of a purpose to it, and the movie
also adds in a couple of the less innocent gags
that turn up surprisingly often in Temple's
short features.

The setup has Coghlan's character Sonny
celebrating a birthday, and hoping for
a motorcycle, but knowing that his father
prefers to give him a dog. With the help
of his girlfriend and loyal little sister Mary
Lou (Temple), Sonny has to contend
with his father's stubbornness and with a
pretentious rival. The story that follows
is fairly predictable, but it has some good
moments

Most of it is enjoyable, and the plainer
stretches do not last very long. Coghlan,
who is nominally the star, has a rather
bland acting style, but he does have a
decent screen presence. Temple's energy
and charisma, so unusual for her age,
are readily apparent, and she stands out
in constant contrast to the less interesting
older characters. - Snow Leopard

Cast Of Pardon My Pups:

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Sonny Rogers (as Junior Coghlan)
Shirley Temple ... Mary Lou Rogers
Kenneth Howell ... Harry Vanderpool
Dorothy Ward ... Phyllis
Harry Myers ... Mr. Rogers
Virginia True Boardman ... Mrs. Rogers


BIGGEST LIL' STAR OF THE 30'S(1935):

This is a newsreel about Shirley Temple's
birthdays & her hob-nobbing around with
other celebrities at the preview of Wee
Willy Winky!

There's no review for this at IMDb.com nor
at Amazon.com! There's also no listing of
stars available for this, at IMDb or Amazon.
However, it has several extras besides Shirley,
including:

Shirley Temple
Frist Lady Eleanore Roosevelt
Will Rogers
Eddie Cantor
Sonja Henning
Darryl Zannick


OUR GANG FOLLIES OF 1938(1938):

While not too bad, this is still Our Gang,
and not my of favorite movies! Some actually
decent young singers and dancers here, and
there's not the slapstick comedy that's
prevalent throughout most of the Our Gang
movies! C-

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

If you ever want to see an Our Gang/Little
rascals short, this is the one to see. A
big-budget musical short that features
a floor show in snazzy Club Spanky (thanks
to the convenient plot device of having
Alfalfa dream the whole thing), "Our Gang
Follies of 1938" was the last truly great
film in the Our Gang series and the last
two-reel comedy Hal Roach would ever
produce. This short is incredibly enjoyable,
it's dialogue and gags instantly quotable,
its songs are insanely catchy...and Buckwheat
(excuse me, "CAB" Buckwheat)is the band
leader. A winner by all accounts.

Interestingly enough, when MGM bought
Our Gang from Hal Roach not six months
after this short was produced, they tried
a number of time to produce a short to
match this one ("Ye Old Minstrels," "Melodies
Old and New," "Calling All Kids," etc.) but
it never happened. - FuriousFreddy

Cast Of Our Gang Follies of 1938:

Our Gang ... Children


WALDO'S LAST STAND(1940):

Gotta say if not for the dancers, this is almost
unbearable!!!! It really goes downhill when
Alfalfa starts signing! Still, there are some
cute parts, but I'll never watch this again!! D

A review from an IMDB.com customer:

In 1936, Spanky and the rest of Our Gang
made a short called "The Lucky Corner". The
kids were helping a friend and his family sell
lemonade by putting on a show for the folks
in the neighborhood. Here in "Waldo's Last
Stand", it's essentially the same plot--just
reworked a bit.

Waldo (the bookish one) is trying to sell
lemonade without much success. So, his
friends (Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat
and Bobby Blake) decide to put on a show
to sell his lemonade. However, only one kid
shows up to the god-awful show (and, frankly,
all the shorts featuring talent shows were
pretty bad) is Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin--who
doesn't seem the least bit interested in
buying a drink while he watches the show.
Then, ultimately, comes the punchline--which
I had anticipated.

Aside from the punchline, it's yet another
typical late Our Gang comedy. Up until
the arrival of Alfalfa and Darla, the films
NEVER featured song and dance numbers.
Now, in these later incarnations, the
emphasis was NOT on comedy or the way
kids really behaved but on horrible dance
numbers that just grate on your nerves.
While am NOT a fan of musicals, musicals
involving kids are almost always MUCH
worse. Where's the comedy in this one?
It's only at the very, very end. Overall,
adequate and nothing more. - planktonrules

Cast Of Waldo's Last Stand:

Lavonne Battle ... Tap Dancer
Robert Blake ... Mickey (as Mickey Gubitosi)
Janet Burston ... Jeanette
Shirley Doble ... Tap Dancer (as Shirley Jean Doble)
Donna Jean Edmonsond ... Tap Dancer
Loree Lee Foxx ... Tap Dancer
Helen Guthrie ... Tap Dancer
Darla Hood ... Darla
Patsy Irish ... Tap Dancer
Marilyn Kay ... Tap Dancer
Darwood Kaye ... Waldo
Jackie Krenk ... Band
Leonard 'Percy' Landy ... Leonard
Rae-Nell Laskey ... Tap Dancer
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin ... Froggy

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