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War Babies -- A group of soldiers in a café watch a dancer as she entertains them, but later two of them become rivals over her.
War Babies -- This short film features babies and small children in roles typically reserved for adults with the theme of this feature being a war time hot spot where doughboys and dancing girls mingle.


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18 September 1932 (USA) See more »
A group of soldiers in a café watch a dancer as she entertains them, but later two of them become rivals over her. | Add synopsis »
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Shirley Temple ... Charmaine
Georgie Billings ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eugene Butler ... Sergeant Quirt (uncredited)
Philip Hurlic ... Black Boy (uncredited)
Georgie Smith ... Captain Flagg (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Lamont 
Produced by
Jack Hays .... producer
Other crew
Robert M. Savini .... presenter

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USA:11 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Sergeant Quirt:Hello, beautiful! Now I guess it's just me and my baby, huh?
Captain Flagg:Hey, where'dya get that your baby stuff? She's my gal!
Sergeant Quirt:Says you!
Captain Flagg:[giving Charmaine a lollipop] We'll settle this right now! C'mon, baby, who's the king?
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Its cute, its fun., 31 January 2007
Author: Kenneth Eagle Spirit from United States

A nice Shirely Temple short. Child actors screaming their lines seemed to be the norm for that day and time. Perhaps being "seen and not heard" needed to be made up for. Aside from that this is fun. Given the films era there are certain aspects of the thing, from a social viewpoint, that strike me as both very progressive and liberal. I won't go into those here, I'd rather not spoil it for you but let you watch it for yourself and see if you spot those elements. As early on as it was its easy to see from this short the fascination that was already developing for Temple. That makes it worth watching if you're a Temple fan. For others its a cool way to kill ten minutes while you're waiting for your good night glass of milk to warm up on the stove.

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