Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the ... See full summary »
Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the officers are to be executed. Shirley and "Bojangles" Robinson beg President Lincoln to intercede. Written by
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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
Music and Lyrics by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Shirley Temple
Also played in the background as the troops are leaving for war See more »
Awesome tap dancing but really racist. Shirley Temple in blackface? All the little slave girls stammering with affection wanting so badly to give the white master's daughter a birthday present? This movie completely propagates the myth of the benevolent slave-holder. Also the James Henry character is portrayed with such a low IQ its surprising that he can breathe, every scene he is in seems to be prompting the audience to chuckle along at the "ignorant negro". Also, Shirley Temple is weirdly sexualized in this movie. There are scenes where at least three different adult males are nestling so closely face to face with the little girl that it is CREEPY. This movie was recently shown on TCM (Turner Classic Movies),which also just showed "Birth of a Nation" which I think they should change their name to RCM: Racist Cracker Movies, because they show films like these on their network (ergo implying that they are "classic", whatever that means) without preluding them with any critical discussion on the representation of racial dynamics in the films.
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