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Glad Rags to Riches (1933)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  5 February 1933 (USA)
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A girl has to decide who to marry: a poor country boy or a rich nightclub owner.


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A girl has to decide who to marry: a poor country boy or a rich nightclub owner.

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Features Shirley Temple's first on-screen tap dance and musical number. See more »


Director: Your dance was terrible!
Nell: I cannot go on, I'm so tired of it all! Please let me go.
Director: I will hold you here! Until you decide to marry me...
Nell: No, no! A thousand times no- you diaper viper!
Director: So you spurn my offer of riches and fame! Then you'll stay right here and pay and pay and pay!
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A Bird in a Gilded Cage
Written by Harry von Tilzer and Arthur J. Lamb
Performed by Shirley Temple
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18 June 2002 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

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.

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