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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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Adele Martin
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Mary Blake
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Uncle Ned Smith
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Thomas
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Joy Smythe
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J. Wellington Smythe (as Theodor von Eltz)
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Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst ...
Higgins
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Judge Thompson
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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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Trivia

The photo shown of Shirley's dead father is that of Dale Van Sickel. See more »

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When the man in the convertible offers Shirley a ride to the airport, she is wearing her aviator hat. But when she climbs into his car, her hat is gone. See more »

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James 'Loop' Merritt: Shirley, I've got something to tell you.
Shirley Blake: A story?
James 'Loop' Merritt: No, not a story. You know, ever since your daddy went to Heaven, your mother's been awful lonesome for him.
Shirley Blake: Yes, I know. Sometimes she cries and everything.
James 'Loop' Merritt: Today your mother got so lonesome for your daddy that she went to see him.
Shirley Blake: All the way up to Heaven?
James 'Loop' Merritt: All the way up to Heaven. They're up there together now.
Shirley Blake: You mean... my mother cracked up, too?
James 'Loop' Merritt: I'm sorry, dear.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
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Even the cynic in me couldn't resist this one...
15 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Up until recently, I never watched Shirley Temple movies and deliberately avoided them. I assumed the were cloying and I hate child actors. However, I ran into a problem on Netflix--I'd seen just about everything and ALL of the classic films. So, reluctantly, I decided to try a couple. To my surprise, the films are, for the most part, delightful--much of it because Temple was a simply amazing child actress. No matter how much I knew the studio was manipulating the audience, I just couldn't help but adore the child. Despite being almost like the product of some unholy breeding experiment because she was SO perfect, I just couldn't resist her charm.

Of all the Shirley Temple movies I've seen (and by now I've seen most), I would have to say that "Bright Eyes" is the best. It is sweet but it also has a nice balance of nastiness that really helps the film along. Let me explain...while Shirley is wonderful, counter-balancing it with the Smythe family, and especially their bratty child (Jane Withers). I loved Withers in the film--she played the most bratty and nasty little girl--and it took a lot of talent to make her character THIS awful! So, we have two of the greatest child actresses of all-time in one film! The plot is, in some ways, a bit like Cinderella...just a bit. It begins with Shirley and her widowed mother living and working at the home of the rich but horrid Smythe family. Aside from their uncle (played WONDERFULLY by Charles Sellon), the entire brood are worthless people--and they couldn't care less about sweet Shirley or her mother. However, when Shirley's mother is killed, the uncle INSISTS the child be treated like a member of the family and move out of the servants' quarters. The Smythes can't stand her--but they want the uncle's money and they agree. But what about her guardian, Luke (James Dunn)? He adores the child and can't think of living without her. So what will become of all this? See this nice film and see.

A wonderful blend of sentiment and comedy, I can't help but recommend this film. In addition, you'll get to hear Shirley's terrific rendition of "Good Ship Lollipop"--an amazingly toe-tapping tune. With all the wonderful acting (Dunne, Sellon, Withers and Temple especially), this is the Twentieth Century-Fox formula at its very best. Unless you are even more cynical than me, you will find you can't help but love this film.


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