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Bright Eyes (1934)

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An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

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James Dunn ...
Loop Merritt
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Mrs. Higgins
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Mary Blake
Charles Sellon ...
Uncle Ned Smith
Walter Johnson ...
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When a maid is accidentally hit by a car and killed, her young orphaned daughter is forced to live with the snooty couple she used to work for. A custody battle soon ensues between an aviator who adores the little girl and the couple's crotchety Uncle Ned. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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28 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Shirley aviatrice  »

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(FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In the 1970's, Jane Withers told author Marjorie Rosen that she had got the part in "Bright Eyes" as a result of an open audition. All the other girls who auditioned had been carefully coached by their parents to act sweet and nice, trying to out-Shirley Temple Shirley Temple. Withers' parents were smarter; they realized that if Fox wanted another girl Temple's age for a Temple film, it would be to play a bad girl to Temple's good girl. So they coached Withers to play bad, and she got the part. See more »

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At the end of 'On The Good Ship Lollipop' on the plane, the men join in on the singing. The blonde man directly behind Shirley is mouthing off-note, as if he forgot the words. See more »

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James 'Loop' Merritt: Now I've got a present for you. This isn't from Santa Claus. This is from me to you. This is a magic ring, see? Just like in the fairy tales. If ever you're in trouble, or if you ever want me to do anything for you, you send me this ring, and I'll come.
Shirley Blake: Oh, it's so pretty. Thank you, Loop.
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Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English lyrics Anonymous
In the score on Christmas Eve and sung in English by an offscreen Chorus
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Shirley's the star but Jane's the scene-stealer...
2 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Author/Director David Butler put together a script that showcases SHIRLEY TEMPLE as a lovable little girl who gets caught up in a nasty custody battle when her mother dies and her aviator god-father (JAMES DUNN)wants to adopt her. Scenes between Temple and Dunn are so natural that you'll have a hard time not getting a lump in your throat in the scene where he assures her that her mother (who has just died) is in heaven with the angels. Yes, it does get a little sticky at times.

But wait!! Before things become to saccharine and predictable, little JANE WITHERS, America's most lovable brat, shows up as a nasty rich girl who delights in tormenting everyone around her, especially Shirley. It's a great role for Jane and she makes the most of it, whether imitating a machine-gunner or threatening to make mincemeat of Shirley's dolls.

And believe me, she's a welcome presence in a Shirley Temple vehicle that does tend to get all dewy-eyed over the adorable princess. Watch the scene on the plane where the aviators all watch Temple as she sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop", strolling down the aisle and enjoying all the male attention. You can almost sense something darker than is supposed to meet the eye with the way they all leer at her. But she is, quite simply, at her most fetching in that casually charming little number.

Shirley's first film tailored just for her, and it opened at Radio City Music Hall in 1934 to cheer Depression-era audiences with its innocent star at her most disarming. Easy to see why she would become the nation's number one box-office star four years in a row.


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