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Baby Take a Bow (1934)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  30 June 1934 (USA)
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Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »

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Kay Ellison
Alan Dinehart ...
Welch
Ray Walker ...
Larry Scott
Dorothy Libaire ...
Jane
Ralf Harolde ...
Trigger Stone
James Flavin ...
Flannigan
Richard Tucker ...
Mr. Carson
Olive Tell ...
Mrs. Carson
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Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight, and Eddie and Kay have a beautiful little girl named Shirley. However, Welch has kept a close eye on them for years. He believes in "once a criminal, always a criminal." Then, when Eddie's employer's wife's pearls go missing, it comes out that Eddie and Larry both spent time in prison, and they're fired. Welch suspects that Eddie and Larry have something to do with the theft of the pearls. Will Welch prove that Eddie and Larry had something to do with the theft, or will the truth prevail? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for a frightening scene | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This movie takes its title from the song "Baby, Take a Bow," which James Dunn and Shirley Temple sang in their earlier movie, Stand Up and Cheer! (1934). See more »

Goofs

At the end scene, after Trigger has been caught, Eddie climbs over the low wall to join his family. A few moments later, he is back behind the wall again. See more »

Quotes

Larry Scott: Top of the morning to you.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: And the heat of the evening to you.
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Remake of Square Crooks (1928) See more »

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Decent, But Not The Normal Temple Fare
7 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If this is not considered one of Shirley Temple's more popular movies, it's easy to understand why.

First, she isn't the main attraction. James Dunn and Claire Trevor are the stars. This was Temple's first feature film but she was the third, fourth or even fifth person in here, screen time-wise. The powers-that-be must have seen the bright future she had, though, and made two more films with her in the same year (1934), beginning with "Bright Eyes," and she never looked back, becoming a huge box-office attraction on her own. This particular film featured a lot more drama and crime element and that was no longer to be, too, as light-hearted singing and dancing was the ticket...not this sort of fare.

"This sort of fare" meant a climactic scene in which Shirley is kidnapped, carried to a rooftop kicking and screaming for help while her father is pursuing and her mother is frantically looking on, screaming herself. Hey, that's not a "Shirley Temple film" as we know it.

That doesn't mean this movie is all dark or doesn't offer some typically-cute Temple moments: it does. There is a great song-and-dance number with Dunn, who was good singer in his own right, and a solo earlier in the film. However, the rest is drama about Dunn and his pal trying to go straight after a prison sentence and a few guys who don't want to see that or believe it. Overall, it's a fairly interesting movie, although very dated in spots, but it's not the kind of thing Temple fans are accustomed to seeing....so be forewarned, if you haven't seen this.


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