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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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Kay Ellison
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Welch
Ray Walker ...
Larry Scott
Dorothy Libaire ...
Jane
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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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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 »

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

Shirley Ellison: Daddy, come here. Tell me what you bought me for a birthday present.
Eddie Ellison: Oh, no. That's a secret.
Shirley Ellison: Will you tell me if I guess?
Eddie Ellison: Well, maybe.
Shirley Ellison: A pair of roller skates?
Eddie Ellison: No.
Shirley Ellison: A dollhouse?
Eddie Ellison: No.
Shirley Ellison: Aw, Daddy. If you tell me, I'll tell you what I'm going to get you for your birthday.
Eddie Ellison: Oh, no. I want to be surprised.
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Connections

References Manhattan Melodrama (1934) See more »

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Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
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Music from German folk song
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Shirley helps ex-con Dad get a break
5 October 2005 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Shirley Temple is wonderful. Beyond that, this is a movie that works on many levels for me. Claire Trevor brings an added dimension to the loyal wife and mother, and the ever-hard-luck-bitten James Dunn (A Tree Grows In Brooklyn) is perfect as the ex-con father trying desperately to put his past behind him. Alan Dinehart's slick and sycophantic private detective -- an embittered and opportunistic ex-cop -- does his best to pray on people's fears and keep Dunn with no recourse from the gutter. James Flavin, who later made a career playing Irish cops in the city, plays one here, albeit generally higher in rank and nobility than most of his later characters. Shirley only has two songs and one nice dance number with Dunn, but does more acting than musical work here, and is quite good at both. This is fine family entertainment amidst a backdrop of struggling to survive while the malicious and hypocritical try to keep others down. Certainly, although the movie was made in 1934, its themes are as resonant as ever.


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