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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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Complete credited cast:
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James Dunn ...
Loop Merritt
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Mrs. Higgins
Judith Allen ...
Adele Martin
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Mary Blake
Charles Sellon ...
Uncle Ned Smith
Walter Johnson ...
Thomas
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Joy Smythe
Theodore von Eltz ...
J. Wellington Smythe (as Theodor von Eltz)
Dorothy Christy ...
Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst ...
Higgins
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Judge Thompson
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Storyline

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)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After filming was completed, director David Butler gave Shirley Temple the doll that had belonged to Jane Withers's character (which was much nicer than the one that belonged to Temple's own character). This was the beginning of Temple's doll collection, which would become famous. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joy Smythe: [with practicing piano] One and two and three and. One and two and three and. One and two and three and. One and two and...
Uncle Ned Smith: Stop it! One and two and three and. One and two- is that all you know?
Joy Smythe: [runs to her mother] Mama! Mama!
Uncle Ned Smith: Mama! Mama! It's a good thing I am not your mama. That's enough to drive a man crazy. Things better be a little different around here or you're gonna see the last of me.
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Connections

Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Ballad of the Betty Lou (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
In the score during Christmas
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Shirley Temple on the Good Ship Lollipop
17 March 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Five-year-old Glendale, California tyke Shirley Temple (as Shirley Blake) hitch-hikes to the airport to visit her godfather pilot James Dunn (as James "Loop" Merritt). Not many kids could do that today. While she's away, we meet the curly top's family. She lives with mother Lois Wilson (as Mary Blake), who works as the maid for a wealthy family headed by another former "silent film" star, Theodor von Eltz (as J. Wellington Smythe). His snooty wife Dorothy Christy (as Anita) decides to fire mother Wilson for receiving too many telephone calls. However, their obnoxious but deep-down softie uncle Charles Sellon (as Ned Smith) likes Ms. Temple. He calls her "Bright Eyes". The illustrious cast includes servants Jane Darwell and Brandon Hurst. But the most memorable member of the household is Ms. Temple's antithesis – the classic spoiled brat character played by Jane Withers (as Joy Smythe). She decapitates dolls and terrorizes wheelchair-bound uncle Sellon from her tricycle...

"Bright Eyes" was a very successful early vehicle for Temple. The cartoon-like film captures all of her adorableness. Temple sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop" with the girlish innocence (some say sexuality) of a bygone era. Her amateurish vocals balance the perfect doll-like looks. The film has all the subtext depression-weary audiences loved – most importantly, undeserving and insufferable rich characters are put in their place by the angelic, suffering poor. Temple won an "Academy Award" for her cumulative work in 1934; this film has been mentioned as the one most responsible for bringing her the juvenile acting award, but contemporary reviews and research give the honor to "Little Miss Marker" (1934). In the earlier film, "The New York Times" rated Temple's performance higher than co-star Adolphe Menjou. Until the end of the decade, Temple would play variations of her "Bright Eyes" character, ringing up box office cash registers like no other child star, before or since.

****** Bright Eyes (12/20/34) David Butler ~ Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Withers, Charles Sellon


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