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Baby Take a Bow (1934)

 -  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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Shirley
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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

Upon its 1934 release, this film was banned in Nazi Germany for its depiction of gangsterism and gun play. See more »

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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

Shirley Ellison: [Trigger Stone is lying tied up on the floor] Hey, mister, your beads were lost, but I found them.
Trigger Stone: That's fine. You're a smart little girl. Now, go on, cut me loose.
Shirley Ellison: Are you playing the game, too?
Trigger Stone: Of course I am. Your old man tied me up so I couldn't peek. Let's you and me fool him.
Shirley Ellison: Do you think that would be fair?
Trigger Stone: Why, sure, it would. It'll be a big joke. We'll all bust laughing. Now, go on. Get something, and cut me loose.
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Baby Take a Bow (1934) **
21 February 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This was my first attempt at watching a Shirley Temple movie, though this film was made before she really hit it big and therefore her screen time isn't as much as it would quickly become. The story instead centers on a likable ex-convict Eddie Ellison (James Dunn) who has harmless fun playing practical jokes on his friends and comes out of jail to marry a loyal woman (Claire Trevor). Six years later, the couple have young Shirley as their daughter and Eddie tries to hold a job. But a bitter and nasty private investigator (Alan Dinehart) is determined to do whatever it takes to ruin Ellison and send him back to the slammer again and tries to nail him for a theft he wasn't involved in. Here is where daddy's little girl helps her father out by trying to foil the real crook.

It's easy to sense the potential which shines off Shirley Temple during her scenes with Dunn and Trevor, and the precocious little charmer does delight with some mild dancing and her cutesy antics, but this film is reportedly not one of her best. It's lightweight stuff, though probably a feature that wouldn't be remembered at all today if not for the participation of Miss Temple. ** out of ****


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