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Philip Klein (screen play) and
Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
30 June 1934 (USA) See more »
Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Although a tad sticky at times, overall a very enjoyable outing. See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley Temple ... Shirley
James Dunn ... Eddie Ellison

Claire Trevor ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alexander ... Ragpicker (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. O'Brien (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Detective Sergeant (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Blair (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Warden (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Tom London ... Extra on Train (uncredited)
Paul McVey ... Daniels (uncredited)
Lillian Stuart ... Anna (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Det. Capt. McLean (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Lachman 
Writing credits
Philip Klein (screen play) and
Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play) (as E.E. Paramore Jr.)

James P. Judge (based on a play by)

William M. Conselman  contributing writer (uncredited)
Henry Johnson  contributing writer (uncredited)
John V.A. Weaver  original story (uncredited)

Produced by
John Stone .... producer
Winfield R. Sheehan .... executive producer (uncredited)
Sol M. Wurtzel .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell (photography) (as L.W. O'Connell)
Film Editing by
Alfred DeGaetano (film editor) (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Royer (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert E. Sebell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Duncan Cramer .... settings
Sound Department
George Leverett .... sound
Gordon Carveth .... stunts (uncredited)
Chick Collins .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur E. Arling .... camera operator (uncredited)
Edward Collins .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Milton Gold .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff Maupin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Pommer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bud Green .... music and lyrics by
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
Sam H. Stept .... music and lyrics by
Emil Gerstenberger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Sammy Lee .... dance direction
Robert E. Goux .... business manager (uncredited)
Marilyn Granas .... stand-in (uncredited)
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Garland Weaver .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for a frightening scene
76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:K-7 (2006) | Finland:(Banned) (1934) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (1934) (re-rating) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | USA:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3)

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Upon its 1934 release, this film was banned in Nazi Germany for its depiction of gangsterism and gun play.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Welch:Well, hello Kay! Here you are, here's a seat for you.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison:The further I sit from you, Mr. Welch, the better I like it.
[to Porter]
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison:Take those bags into the next car, please.
Porter:Sorry, Miss. The train's full up today.
Welch:Here you are, Kay. Sit right down here.
[Kay drops train tickets, and Welch picks them up]
Welch:Two tickets to Niagara Falls, eh? How romantic. That's where honeymooners go. Oh, yes. Eddie Ellison gets out today. Say, you're not really gonna marry that guy, are you?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison:Any objection?
Welch:Say, listen, kid. I like you. I want to give you a little friendly advice.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Although a tad sticky at times, overall a very enjoyable outing., 19 January 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

When I got this film from Netflix, it said that this film was Shirley's first starring full-length film. However, I noticed that "Stand Up and Cheer!" and "Stand Up and Cheer" (among others) came out a month earlier. In fact, about a half dozen Temple films all came out about that time. Perhaps they meant the first full-length film where she received top-billing--which is the case with "Baby Take a Bow".

The film begins with Eddie (James Dunn) getting out of prison and marrying his girlfriend, Kay (Claire Trevor). He then gets a job working as a chauffeur and several years pass. Now they STILL are amazingly happy and have the world's most perfect child, Shirley (Shirley Temple). But, into their idyllic world comes a serious problem--there is a jewel robbery and when their employer finds out that Eddie and his friend, Larry, both had been to prison, they are fired. A dogged cop, Welch, is convinced one or both of these men did it and he spends the rest of the film trying to return them to Sing Sing. Are they innocent? And, if so, who did it and how will they prove it? And, more importantly, will little Shirley's heart be broken?!

The film has a couple minor problems--though neither harms the film significantly. Welch is a bit one-dimensional and annoying--perhaps too annoying. Also, there is a song near the beginning that Shirley and James Dunn sing--and it's so sickeningly sweet that diabetics in the audience are encouraged to stop the film to check their blood sugar! However, the film uses a young Shirley well. She is awfully young and so she is given a part that is mostly comic relief--and so the plot itself does not rest on her small shoulders--a good decision in hindsight. And, despite the schmaltz, the film is enjoyable and fun.

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