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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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Agatha Morgan
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Eliza Croft
June Lang ...
Mary Marshall
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Cyril Morgan
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Mrs. John Mason
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John Mason
Jim Farley ...
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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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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

Helen: It's a cake! Cap made himself!
Capt. Nazro: Really? Well then I guess I'll just eat the candles!
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Soundtracks

Chi mi freno in tal momento?
(1835) (uncredited)
aka "Sextet"
from "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung with nonsense words by Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee and Slim Summerville
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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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