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Dimples (1936)

Approved | | Family, Musical | 16 October 1936 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
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Robert Kent ...
Allen Drew
Helen Westley ...
Mrs. Caroline Drew
Stepin Fetchit ...
Cicero
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Cleo Marsh
Brook Byron ...
Betty Loring (as Delma Byron)
Hall Johnson Choir ...
Choir (as The Hall Johnson Choir)
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Colonel Loring
Paul Stanton ...
Mr. St. Clair
Julius Tannen ...
Hawkins
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Richards
Billy McClain ...
Rufus
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Uncle Tom (as Jack Clifford)
Betty Jean Hainey ...
Topsy
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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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The Bowery Princess  »

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Trivia

Two lines in the end cast list credits are subject to two different interpretations: "Children's Band ... Leonard Kibrick" and "Walter and George Weidler." The IMDb cast lists three actors: Leonard Kibrick Warner, Walter Weidler and George Weidler. However, The AFI Catalogue lists four actors: Leonard Kibrick, Warner Weidler, Walter Weidler and George Weidler. See more »

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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

Mrs. Caroline Drew: Of all things, an actress! Allen, how could you? You know how I hate the theater and all it stands for.
Allen Drew: I love her, and we're going to be married.
Mrs. Caroline Drew: Married? Allen, you can't. I won't let you ruin your life!
Allen Drew: My mind is made up, Aunt Caroline.
Mrs. Caroline Drew: You're an ungrateful, disobedient, shameless boy, and as long as you live under this roof, I must insist that you observe my wishes.
Allen Drew: In that case, I'll have to look for another place to stay.
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The Gospel Train
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Traditional spiritual
Sung by Shirley Temple with the Hall Johnson Choir
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I love movies from the 30's and 40's but
25 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was not one of Shirley Temple's better films and the cast didn't help much. There are several actors and actresses in the film that I like but they couldn't bring the film through to a good movie. The acting was so-so and the script didn't help much at all.

Stepin Fetchit did well in a non-credited role but didn't save the movie.

In addition Frank Morgan seemed to me to be sleepwalking his way through his role.

Some of the cast did what they could but the vehicle didn't allow them to do what they could.

All that said, little Miss Temple did what she did so well and almost managed to make it a good movie. She was, however, cast in a mediocre film but was still entertaining. Watch it for her performance.

I did winced at the blackface ... 70 years DOES make difference.


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