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William M. Conselman (screen play)
David Butler (story) ...
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Release Date:
28 December 1934 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Shirley fiddles while Jane burns! See more (18 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)

Robert Stack ... Man on Plane (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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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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Despite the aviation element of this movie, Shirley Temple was never allowed to actually ride in an airplane during filming; her life insurance policy voided claims resulting from aircraft.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Shirley fiddles while Jane burns!, 11 April 2001
Author: Randy Rodman (RandyRodman@cs.com) from United States

Rare is the scene in a Shirley Temple film where Curly Top is reduced to a mere spectator while another actor grabs the spotlight and runs screaming with it, but Bright Eyes has them in bunches! See Shirley gasp as human pit bull Jane Withers dismembers a doll before her very eyes! Tremble with fear as Shirley flees from her possessed playmate when their Santa Claus discussion takes a nasty turn! And if you think young Joy is a terror now, imagine how bad she'd be without psychoanalysis. In the movie's far too numerous non-Jane scenes, Shirley reverts to her old role as top banana with predictably charming results. No Shirley Temple film can really get rolling until her parents have been killed, so Mother is done in about half-way through, while Dad offs it before the opening credits, freeing our young pixie for another delightful custody battle. (By the way, do you suppose kids of the 1930's took a secret satisfaction in watching Shirley's parents get systematically rubbed out in every one of her movies? After all, her new parents were always a step up from the old ones; richer, prettier and usually much more fun. Life as an orphan might not have looked so bad to a depression-era tot after seeing a Shirley Temple picture.)

In conclusion, this movie is highly recommended for Shirley's fans and foes alike. Watch it for Shirley's smile or Jane's scowl, and stay tuned till the end. You won't want to miss the most satisfying closing shot in the history of cinema.

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