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Young freewheeling wanderer Jerry Day and his beautiful wife Toni are at odds over their lifestyle. Jerry can't accept responsibility but Toni yearns for a family and a settled life. Then the Days 'rediscover' Jerry's young daughter Pennie, who has been living with his rich deceased wife's family. Pennie appears to be just what Jerry needs to mend his swindling ways and lead a straight life. Despite the responsibility of his new family, Jerry is swayed by the corruptible influence of jewelry thief Felix Evans. When Evans lures Jerry into a job, it puts the continuation of his new family life at risk. Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Seattle Saturday 28 February 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), followed by Milwaukee 13 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Asheville 25 April 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), and by San Francisco 25 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5). This was first released on DVD 19 April 2005 in tandem with Little Miss Marker (1934) as the Shirley Temple - Little Darling Pack and since that time has also enjoyed an occasional airing on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
When Pennie pulls the necklace out of the teddy bear's neck, she is holding it a few inches away from the bear, with all of her fingers around it. The camera then cuts to a different angle, and Pennie is holding it daintily between her thumb and pointer finger, very close to (perhaps touching against) the bear.. See more »
A rather odd mix but highly watchable for the stars
This movie is well worth viewing, if only to see Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard in relatively early roles and to see Shirley Temple in an unusual part before she really peaked in popularity (here she is an incredible SIX years old). This is not a typical Temple film, in that she sings only one song (expertly), but you do get to see her act in a thoroughly convincing way. The supporting players are excellent as well.
This is a rather odd movie that can't quite make up its mind what to be...a decidedly downbeat ending that is actually starker than it's presented in some reviews here and a series of rather improbable con jobs that are not dramatically convincing. However, it's a treat to see the incredibly talented Temple, the skillful Carole Lombard, and the totally charming Gary Cooper (who, by the way, sports a very impressive wardrobe throughout, as does Lombard).
I watched the colorized version--better than I expected--but would have preferred black and white. See this movie with a "willing suspension of disbelief" and you'll enjoy it as a blast from the long-ago past.
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