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Captain January (1936)

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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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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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

Helen: Ooh, it's Captain Nazro!
Capt. Nazro: Hello, honey.
Capt. January: Can't I give a birthday party around here without you barging in?
Capt. Nazro: Pipe down, you old caddywompus. I didn't come to see you. Come on out and see the birthday present I brung you, honey.
[They go outside. Capt. Nazro has brought a crane for Star's birthday]
Helen: [to the crane] Remember me?
Capt. Nazro: Why should the crane remember you?
Helen: Is it a crane? I thought it was a stork.
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Soundtracks

Early Bird
(1936)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Sung by Shirley Temple (uncredited)
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A Pretty Decent One
30 May 2002 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

Actually, Captain January is one of my favorite Temple flix because of the music. For many years, it was out of circulation, not shown on the tube, and not available on video. I finally got to tape it on AMC several years ago, and it's still fum to watch. The score is especially warm and interesting. It's supposed to be written by Louis Silvers, but it was fine writing by whomever the arranger/ orchestrator was. Not my FAVORITE Temple flick, 'cause she did several that are better than this in terms of substance. The main attractions are the music, her dance episodes with a young Buddy Ebsen ( was there ever such a thing?), and the mushy relationship with the Cap'n. And the whole family can get in on the act !!


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