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Captain January (1936)

G  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Family  |  17 April 1936 (USA)
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Shirley lives with a lighthouse keeper who rescued her when her parents drowned. A truant officer decides she should go to boarding school, but she's rescued by relatives. Buddy Ebsen dances "At The Codfish Ball" with Shirley.

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Guy Kibbee ...
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Captain Nazro
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Paul Roberts
Sara Haden ...
Agatha Morgan
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Eliza Croft
June Lang ...
Mary Marshall
Jerry Tucker ...
Cyril Morgan
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Mrs. John Mason
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John Mason
Jim Farley ...
Deputy Sheriff (as James Farley)
Si Jenks ...
Old Sailor
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Shirley lives with a lighthouse keeper who rescued her when her parents drowned. A truant officer decides she should go to boarding school, but she's rescued by relatives. Buddy Ebsen dances "At The Codfish Ball" with Shirley.

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Singing, dancing, laughing...in the most lovable story she's ever had! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Family

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17 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Anjo do Farol  »

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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When Star's lack of schooling is being questioned, Captain January says that he has taught her using "the Bible and Bowditch". "Bowditch" refers to "The American Practical Navigator" by Nathaniel Bowditch, first published in 1802. Over the years, the text has evolved with advances in navigation practices, and continues to be a valuable reference for marine navigation in modern times. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Agatha Mogan: There is a compulsory education law in this state, and this child is old enough.
Helen: How can she know how old I am? We don't even know ourselves.
Mrs. Agatha Mogan: From what I've observed, this child is being brought up completely without control. She's rude and undisciplined, like a little heathen. Look at the clothes she wears. Not even a dress!
Capt. January: What business is that of yours? Star is mine!
Mrs. Agatha Mogan: You forget that Star is adopted, Captain January. It's well within the power of the school authorities to have her taken away...
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Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Godfrey Marks
Played during the opening credits
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Another Shirley Temple Family Film Classic
29 September 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A vindictive truant officer attempts to wrest little Star from CAPTAIN JANUARY, the old lighthouse keeper who saved her from a watery grave.

Shirley Temple captivates her audience once again in this, one of her most popular films. Aided by fine production values courtesy of Fox, the Tiny Tyke does not disappoint. Singing & dancing, laughing or crying, she once again exhibits all the talents which for years made her top of the Hollywood box office heap.

It's difficult to imagine anyone other than cuddly Guy Kibbee in the title role. He's excellent, but he's also given firm support from old pros Slim Summerville & Jane Darwell. Sara Haden makes a nasty villainess, while OUR GANG bad boy Jerry Tucker is her obnoxious nephew. Pretty June Lang plays the sweet village schoolteacher.

Amiable hoofer Buddy Ebsen joins Shirley in a wonderful song & dance number, ‘The Cod Fish Ball.' Tall & pliable, with plenty of goofy facial expressions, Buddy's performance gives a little idea as to how much he might have contributed to THE WIZARD OF OZ three years later over at Metro, had not health reasons forced him to withdrawal.

Shirley also sings ‘Early Bird' and, in a delightful nursery fantasy, ‘The Right Somebody To Love.'


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