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War Babies (1932)

Passed  -  Short | Comedy | War  -  18 September 1932 (USA)
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A group of soldiers in a café watch a dancer as she entertains them, but later two of them become rivals over her.

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18 September 1932 (USA)  »

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What Price Gloria?  »

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This short film was the first in the "Baby Burlesk" one-reel comedy series. See more »


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Spoofs What Price Glory (1926) See more »

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Not Little Shirley's Finest Hour
1 May 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews


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.

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