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Bright Eyes (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 28 December 1934 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Adele Martin
Mary Blake
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Joy Smythe
J. Wellington Smythe (as Theodor von Eltz)
Dorothy Christy ...
Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst ...
Judge Thompson


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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Release Date:

28 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shirley aviatrice  »

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Technical Specs


(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shirley Temple's mother Gertrude Temple worried that Jane Withers would steal the spotlight from her daughter in this movie, and she tried to convince director David Butler to minimize Withers's role. Butler refused, saying that Withers's bratty, spoiled character would increase audience sympathy for Shirley. See more »


During the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop" while the plane is taxiing you can see the edge of the screen where they are projecting the outside. This is most obvious when she sings the line "...and there you are..." just after "Cracker Jack Bands fill the air" the first time. See more »


J. Wellington Smythe: As far as I can find out, there are no relatives.
Anita Smythe: Now what are we to do?
J. Wellington Smythe: She's no concern of ours. We have neither a legal nor a moral responsibility.
Anita Smythe: But after all, the woman worked for us. People will naturally expect us to do something. Maybe one of those aviators would like to adopt her.
J. Wellington Smythe: Well, if they do, let them go to court. All we can do is see that the little girl is placed in an institution.
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The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung a cappella by Charles Sellon
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Shirley Temple Shines
23 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reasons why this film is worth seeing:

1. Bright Eyes stars Shirley Temple. What an appropriate title. Shirley is too cute for words. If you look at her filmography you will see that she had plenty of roles under her belt by the time she made this film, but this is one of the early films that put her on the map.

2. Shirley's performance was so popular, it put her on the cover of "Time" and won an Academy Award.

3. The canine star of the film is Terry, who later played Toto in The Wizard of Oz.

4. Jane Withers nails her performance of the bratty spoiled kid who terrorizes Shirley and everyone else. Only The Bad Seed has a better juvenile villain.

5. Shirley sings her signature song: "On the Good Ship Lollipop".

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