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Captain January (1936)

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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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Captain Nazro
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Paul Roberts
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Agatha Morgan
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Eliza Croft
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Mary Marshall
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Cyril Morgan
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Mrs. John Mason
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John Mason
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Deputy Sheriff (as James Farley)
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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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A classic of childish heartache, courage, and laughter! 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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(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The lobsters that appear in the background during the "At the Codfish Ball" sequence were real. To prevent them from crawling out of their baskets, the props crew cooked them, which turned them from their natural dark color to bright red. The crew painted them back to the original color, and as soon as the scene was completed, they cracked the lobsters open and ate them on the spot. See more »

Quotes

Capt. January: What are the four Gospels?
Helen: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Capt. January: Correct! Do you remember the story of the Prodigal Son?
Helen: He came home, and the father said, "Bring me the fattest calf and kill it, and let us eat and be merry."
Capt. January: But not everyone was merry, Star. There was another son and some neighbors. Who was sorry that the Prodigal Son came home?
Helen: The fattest calf!
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Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by an unidentified accordian player and Danced by Buddy Ebsen
Played when Star is walking up the wooden steps
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sweet as sugar -- and without the calories
22 May 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Maybe the best all-around movie of Shirley's career in terms of the acting of the entire ensemble and a well-constructed script. Shirley tugs at your heartstrings, of course, but the story never strikes a false note. And some of the scenes of the lighthouse are magnificent. Watch this one with the entire family.


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