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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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Shirley's the star but Jane's the scene-stealer... See more (17 total) »

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)

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 
Albert Hogsett 
 
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 staged by
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
Shirley Temple's mother Gertrude Temple worried that Jane Withers would steal the spotlight from her daughter in this movie, and she tried to convince director David Butler to minimize Withers's role. Butler refused, saying that Withers's bratty, spoiled character would increase audience sympathy for Shirley.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Shirley parachutes to earth with Loop Merritt, her hair is unaffected by the wind, and remains perfectly in place (although it blows all over once they land in the storm).See more »
Quotes:
Uncle Ned Smith:Now listen to me, you two. I want you to understand just one thing. If you ever expect to get anything out of me, you're going to be human enough and decent enough to take Shirley into this house to live. I'll pay for her board and her clothes.
J. Wellington Smythe:Why, Uncle Ned, that won't be necessary.
Anita Smythe:Well, naturally. We had no idea you felt this way about the child.
Uncle Ned Smith:Well, I do. If you don't want her here, I guess I can find some other place for her. And I guess I can find another place for me, too!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Swingers' Paradise (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Man on the Flying TrapezeSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Shirley's the star but Jane's the scene-stealer..., 2 October 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Author/Director David Butler put together a script that showcases SHIRLEY TEMPLE as a lovable little girl who gets caught up in a nasty custody battle when her mother dies and her aviator god-father (JAMES DUNN)wants to adopt her. Scenes between Temple and Dunn are so natural that you'll have a hard time not getting a lump in your throat in the scene where he assures her that her mother (who has just died) is in heaven with the angels. Yes, it does get a little sticky at times.

But wait!! Before things become to saccharine and predictable, little JANE WITHERS, America's most lovable brat, shows up as a nasty rich girl who delights in tormenting everyone around her, especially Shirley. It's a great role for Jane and she makes the most of it, whether imitating a machine-gunner or threatening to make mincemeat of Shirley's dolls.

And believe me, she's a welcome presence in a Shirley Temple vehicle that does tend to get all dewy-eyed over the adorable princess. Watch the scene on the plane where the aviators all watch Temple as she sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop", strolling down the aisle and enjoying all the male attention. You can almost sense something darker than is supposed to meet the eye with the way they all leer at her. But she is, quite simply, at her most fetching in that casually charming little number.

Shirley's first film tailored just for her, and it opened at Radio City Music Hall in 1934 to cheer Depression-era audiences with its innocent star at her most disarming. Easy to see why she would become the nation's number one box-office star four years in a row.

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