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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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Cast

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Star
Guy Kibbee ...
Captain January
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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

Certificate:

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Release Date:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his review of this film, author Graham Greene called it "sentimental, a little depraved, with an appeal interestingly decadent. Shirley Temple acts and dances with immense vigor and assurance, but some of her popularity seems to rest on a coquetry." See more »

Quotes

Capt. January: Have some more cider, Nazro. Pretty good for a fella who never had no book learning, huh?
Capt. Nazro: What's book learning got to do with cider?
Capt. January: I'm not talking about cider. I'm talking about me educating Star so good she jumped right into the third grade.
Capt. Nazro: You educating her? You couldn't get into the third grade yourself! It was the things I learned her that put her through!
Capt. January: Oh, shut your mouth, you old gooseneck. Let's drink to Star.
Capt. Nazro: You don't think I'd drink to you, you blubbering old blowfish. To Star!
Capt. Nazro: ...
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Version of Captain January (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

The Right Somebody to Love
(1936)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by Shirley Temple (uncredited)
Reprised by her near the end
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Shirley at her best...warm-hearted, solid entertainment...
15 May 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of film to make anyone a SHIRLEY TEMPLE fan. Here the little miss is once again an orphan but this time a kind-hearted lighthouse keeper (Guy Kibbe) is raising her as his own. Troubles come when the local schoolmarm decides Shirley needs a better education and upbringing.

Shirley not only sings a couple of bright tunes, but has a big dance scene on the wharf with Buddy Ebsen--complete with intricate taps and all kinds of whirls as they dance to "At the Codfish Ball". This and her opening number "Early Bird" are among the film's most charming routines.

Shirley gets emotional during the final tug of war where she is being torn away from the Cap, a crying scene that reveals just how deeply felt some of her performances were.

Highly recommended.


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