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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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Cast

Complete credited 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
...
John Mason
Jim Farley ...
Deputy Sheriff (as James Farley)
Si Jenks ...
Old Sailor
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Storyline

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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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 27, 1941 with Shirley Temple reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Good morning, Mrs. Croft.
The Widow Mrs. Eliza Croft: Good morning, Star. Is Captain January with you today?
Helen: No, mam.
The Widow Mrs. Eliza Croft: Well, do tell the dear captain that I asked after him. Don't forget, now.
Helen: I will. I mean, I won't.
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Connections

Referenced in The Disney Family Album: Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Played during the opening credits
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Typical Temple Movie - Which Means Feel-Good Fun
28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another "cute" Shirley Temple movie with interesting characters and a decent share of good song-and-dance numbers. The story is similar to a few other Temple films in which a nasty person takes Shirley away from the good people but the good guys prevail in the end. It was a tried-and-true formula in the Temple movies.

Here, the "villain" is truant officer (Sara Haden) who wants to take Shirley away from good guy "Captain January" (Guy Kibbe). Kibbe and Slim Summerville are fun to watch as peers and friends who squabble all the time. Haden is effective in her role because you just want to slap that woman!

Shirley and Buddy Ebsen team up for a very entertaining song-and-dance routine to "The Codfish Ball," the best song in the movie.

The film gets a bit uncomfortable when Shirley gets taken away but ends in the normal tearfully-happy Shirley, as always, back with her loved ones and the people who really care about her. Those include the "widow" played by Jane Darwell and the school teacher, acted by June Lang.

All in all, it's the normal Temple movie that provides good feelings, something we viewers always need.


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