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Dimples Appleby lives with the pick-pocket grandfather in 19th century New York City. She entertains the crowds while he works his racket. A rich lady makes it possible for the girl to go legit. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is performed.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dimples Appleby
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Prof. Eustace Appleby
Robert Kent ...
Allen Drew
Helen Westley ...
Mrs. Caroline Drew
Stepin Fetchit ...
Cicero
Astrid Allwyn ...
Cleo Marsh
Brook Byron ...
Betty Loring (as Delma Byron)
Hall Johnson Choir ...
Choir (as The Hall Johnson Choir)
Berton Churchill ...
Colonel Loring
Paul Stanton ...
Mr. St. Clair
Julius Tannen ...
Hawkins
...
Richards
Billy McClain ...
Rufus
Jack Clifford ...
Uncle Tom
Betty Jean Hainey ...
Topsy
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Storyline

Dimples is a busker - a street entertainer, and lives in mid-19th century New York City's Bowery with her kindhearted but pickpocketing Grandfather, Prof. Eustace Appleby. Dimples is a talented child and is hired to perform at a party in the home of Mrs. Caroline Drew, an elderly widow living in Washington Square. Dimples delights the gathering and charms not only the elderly mistress of the house but her nephew Allen as well, a theatrical producer betrothed to a lovely society belle. Allen engages Dimples to perform the role of Little Eva in his production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" while Mrs. Drew makes it possible for Dimples to remain in her genteel home and enjoy its benefits. Various complications ensue and Dimples bravely makes the decision to sacrifice her happiness to return to her slum dwelling Grandfather. Mrs. Drew traces Dimples's whereabouts and convinces Prof. Appleby that his lovely granddaughter deserves something better than a life of poverty and crime in the Bowery. The... Written by eamon

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Family | Musical

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16 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bowery Princess  »

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Working title: "The Bowery Princess" See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in the early 1850s. Towards the end, in a scene set in a theater, the producer announces to the audience that "a new form of entertainment has come from the South," and he would like to be the first to present it in New York City. We then see a minstrel show. But by that time minstrel shows had been staged in New York for a decade, since the Virginia Minstrels performed at the New York Bowery Amphitheatre in 1843. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Eustace Appleby: But I didn't mean to do it, Dimples. Don't you see?
Dimples: You broke your promise to me!
Prof. Eustace Appleby: But the man swore to me. He gave me his word.
Dimples: You told me you wouldn't steal anymore! You said you were gonna be honest!
Prof. Eustace Appleby: But I didn't take that watch for myself, I - well, uh, I - I guess I'm not much good to you. Maybe you'd be better off without me.
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Referenced in 20th Century Fox Promotional Film (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

He Was a Dandy
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung and Danced by Shirley Temple and Danced by Jesse Scott and Thurman Black
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Limited Suffering
20 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

A rich woman wants to adopt a sweet, young street performer, but things are complicated by the latter's thieving grandfather. Shirley gets to dance and act cute. She also gets to display her dramatic side in an enactment of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" that brings tears to one's eyes, not because it is moving, but because it is painful to watch. Morgan made some fine films, but this is not one of them. He does the best he can as Shirley's greedy grandfather, who considers selling Shirley for $5000. There is an uninteresting romantic subplot involving the rich woman's nephew. The best thing to be said about this film is that it is only 79 minutes long, limiting the audience's pain and suffering.


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