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Director:
Writers:
William M. Conselman (screen play)
David Butler (story) ...
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Release Date:
28 December 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley Temple ... Shirley Blake
James Dunn ... Loop Merritt

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Higgins
Judith Allen ... Adele Martin
Lois Wilson ... Mary Blake
Charles Sellon ... Uncle Ned Smith
Walter Johnson ... Thomas

Jane Withers ... Joy Smythe
Theodore von Eltz ... J. Wellington Smythe (as Theodor von Eltz)
Dorothy Christy ... Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst ... Higgins

George Irving ... Judge Thompson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wade Boteler ... Detective (uncredited)
Robert Burgess ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Crilly Butler ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Aviator (uncredited)
Fred Crawford ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Robert Dalton ... Aviator (uncredited)
David Field ... Aviator (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Aviator in Raincoat (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Bob - Pilot (uncredited)
Earle Foxe ... Bond Man (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Sam Hayes - Radio News Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Rodney Hildebrand ... Driver of Death Car (uncredited)
Sunny Ingraham ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Ned's Attorney (uncredited)
Gardner James ... Glendale Airport Radio Operator (uncredited)
Sam Labrador ... Tony - Airport Houseboy (uncredited)
Phil Marshall ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Harry McKee ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Paul McVey ... Attorney (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Extra as Lawyer (uncredited)
Thomas Murray ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Bill - Aviator (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Peter Potter ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Ad Schaumer ... Driver (uncredited)
Paul Schwegler ... Aviator and Mechanic (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Policeman at Accident (uncredited)

Terry ... Rags - Loop's Dog (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Butler 
 
Writing credits
William M. Conselman (screen play) (as William Conselman)

David Butler (story) and
Edwin J. Burke (story) (as Edwin Burke)

Henry Johnson  contributor to special sequences (uncredited)

Produced by
Sol M. Wurtzel .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (photography) (as Arthur Miller)
 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer (art direction)
Albert Hogsett (art direction)
 
Costume Design by
Royer (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
S.C. Chapman .... sound
 
Stunts
Opal Ernie .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Bruce Randall .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Clare .... lyrics
Samuel Kaylin .... musical director
Richard A. Whiting .... music
 
Other crew
Bob Blair .... aeronautics advisor
Sammy Lee .... number stager
Marilyn Granas .... stand-in: Shirley Temple (uncredited)
Carl Spitz .... dog owner and trainer: "Terry" (uncredited)
Garland Weaver .... stand-in: James Dunn (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
85 min (FMC Library Print)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved (PCA #427) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:PG (re-release)

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Trivia:
In the 1970's, Jane Withers told author Marjorie Rosen that she had got the part in "Bright Eyes" as a result of an open audition. All the other girls who auditioned had been carefully coached by their parents to act sweet and nice, trying to out-Shirley Temple Shirley Temple. Withers' parents were smarter; they realized that if Fox wanted another girl Temple's age for a Temple film, it would be to play a bad girl to Temple's good girl. So they coached Withers to play bad, and she got the part.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Mary Blake:It's so wonderful of you boys to give Shirley her Christmas party.
James 'Loop' Merritt:We're getting a big kick out of it ourselves.
Mary Blake:She'll be so surprised. She doesn't expect much, you know.
James 'Loop' Merritt:You get her down to the airport as early in the morning as you can.
Mary Blake:I may not be able to come with her, but I'll be down just as soon as I can get away.
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The studios need to reissue Jane Withers' films, 10 June 2001
Author: ancient-andean

Jane Withers, at age four, started as one of the deep South's most popular radio stars on Aunt Sally's Kiddy Club. She was so small she had to be lifted up to reach the microphone. She was the mischief-maker of the Kiddy Club program, called "The Little Pest". Like Mitzi Green, she had an uncanny ability to imitate the voices and facial expressions of actors, actresses and other people, something she learned playing with the mirror. On stage by age five, she became a famous actress throughout the South, finally moving to Hollywood at five-and-a-half. In Hollywood, Jane began by playing in a weekly radio-revue and gave numerous stage performances for beneficial organizations.

"Bright Eyes" was Jane's first credited movie role and led to a long-term contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. She stared in numerous movies of the thirties, and was Shirley Temple's main competition. Jane was one of the great child actresses of all times, very popular with the children of her era, and after watching Shirley's goodie two-shoes act in Bright Eyes playing against Jane's power-house comedy performance, I can see why. Shirley Temple was her usual cute, sugar-coated, man-worshiping self with everyone giggling politely at her jokes except the audience. In contrast, Jane Withers had my daughter and I laughing our heads off until we had stomach-aches. Jane in Bright Eyes was bratty, adorable and hilarously funny. Her brat act has seldom, if ever, been equaled in the annals of film.

It is really a shame, and I hope the studios who own Jane Withers' many films as a child take note, that Bright Eyes is the only Jane Withers performance to survive to contemporary video. What ever happened to her movies "Ginger", Paddy O'Day", "Gentle Julia", "Little Miss Nobody", "Can This be Dixie?" and "Pepper"? In a published chat-room article Jane, who is still very much alive, says that she will eventually finish her book on her child star days. Like the kids of Our Gang, she remembers a fun, privileged childhood and has nothing in the way of sob stories. Let's hope that the studios will stop suppressing her films and release them on video soon, perhaps coinciding with her book.

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