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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
Uncle Ned Smith
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?


Director David Butler wrote the story based on an incident that happened in his childhood. His parents had advertised for a live-in maid, and a woman answered the ad who had just arrived from Scotland. She had a little girl and was separated from her husband - an unusual circumstance at the time - and said she wouldn't take the job unless her daughter was allowed to live in the house with her, also an unusual circumstance at the time. Butler's parents agreed, and the woman and her daughter moved in with the family. See more »


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 »


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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The Man on the Flying Trapeze
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Music by Gaston Lyle
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"good Ship Lollipop" Shirley Temple stolen by Jane Withers
25 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Shirley Temple's best movies is stolen by an absolutely riotous performance by Jane Withers as Temple's bratty nemesis-the mean rich kid who picks on poor,noble motherless Shirley. This is the movie that boasts Temple's anthem- On the Good Ship Lollipop.Worth seeing if you haven't seen a Shirley Temple movie.And this was one of the major hits of the 1930's.

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