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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.


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18 September 1932 (USA) See more »
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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)
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Directed by
Charles Lamont 
Produced by
Jack Hays .... producer
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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 »
Soldier:There's Sergeant Quirt. Boy, he sure knows how to get the dames.
Sergeant Quirt:Well, I'll be seeing you later, mademoiselles. Bye!
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Very odd little film, 9 April 1999
Author: cricket-14 from Bloomfield, New Jersey

[I saw this movie once late on a public tv station, so I don't know if it's on video or not.]

This is one of the "Baby Burlesks" (sic) that Shirley Temple did in the early 1930s. It is hard to believe that anyone would let their daughter be in this racy little film which today might just be considered this side of "kiddie porn".

Shirley Temple stars in a cast which probably has an average age of 5. They are all in diapers, and are in a saloon which serves milk instead of alcohol. The "cash" is in the form of lollipops.

Shirley playing a "femme fatale" sashays up to the bar and talks to soldiers who make suggestive comments about her (!). But Shirley doesn't need really their lollipops/cash because her purse is full of ones from other "men".

Meanwhile a little black boy does a suggestive dance on a nearby table (!).

What a strange film . . . infants using racy dialogue playing adult roles in a saloon. Who thought up this stuff any way?

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