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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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This short film was the first in the "Baby Burlesk" one-reel comedy series.See more »
Captain Flagg:Listen, baby, I gots to go now. You be good till I get back. And stay away from that slug Sergeant Quirt! He's a snake in the grass!
Charmaine:Mais oui, mon cher capitaine.
Captain Flagg:Okay, baby.
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Spoofs What Price Glory (1926)See more »


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Disturbing Short!, 12 August 2011
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Okay, Shirley Temple plays a singer in this film short during wartime. Her skirt is ultra short and inappropriate now and wonder why the censors didn't notice it then. Also, the boys are supposed to be soldiers but they don't wear shirts. I know they're supposed to act like adults as children but I felt uncomfortable seeing the children exposed in an unhealthy manner. The boys and girls acted like adults even though they were small children but still I can't believe that the censors allowed the children to be dressed in such a manner to expose them to the world audience. Maybe they didn't notice it then about the negative reaction, I know I would never allow my son to go shirtless at a young age or my daughter to wear a short skirt to the thigh. I was a little disturbed by it all and I'm glad that it's not aired on television anymore.

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