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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 ...
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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)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director David Butler auditioned over thirty girls for the role of snobby Joy Smythe. When he heard Jane Withers's imitation of a machine gun, he signed her on the spot and sent the rest of the girls home. See more »

Goofs

When Joy offers to give Shirley's doll an operation, Shirley picks her up and calls her doll Mary Lou. This is the name Shirley gave to the doll her mother gave her for Christmas, but the doll she has now is the one the aviators gave her, named Loopy. You can tell because this doll is larger and is wearing an aviator hat. See more »

Quotes

Shirley Blake: I know who you are.
Adele Martin: You do?
Shirley Blake: Sure, you're the lady who's coming to live at our house.
Adele Martin: You're not little Joy, are you?
Shirley Blake: Oh, no, I'm Shirley.
Adele Martin: Oh, I see.
Shirley Blake: Loop, isn't this the lady whose picture you have in your book?
James 'Loop' Merritt: Yeah. She's one of them.
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Referenced in Conrack (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Good Ship Lollipop
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Performed by Shirley Temple and Chorus to music on a radio
Reprised a cappella by her during a flight
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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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