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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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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)
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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 ...
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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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Herman Bing as "Proprietor" and Greta Meyer as "Proprietor's Wife" are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. 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

Dimples: I brought it back.
Mrs. Caroline Drew: Brought what back?
Dimples: The cuckoo clock. I stole it last night. It's a funny thing about me. I'm so wicked. Isn't it awful?
Mrs. Caroline Drew: You stole this?
Dimples: Right under your very nose. I really don't know what's to become of me, I'm so bad. The Professor says he doesn't know. He says I'm gonna wind up in the "pinchitentiary," if not in jail.
Mrs. Caroline Drew: Are you sure someone else didn't take this?
Dimples: Oh, my goodness! You don't mean the Professor, do you? He wouldn't take it, he's too honest! He made me bring it ...
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Referenced in Cats Don't Dance (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Massa's in de Cold Ground
(1852) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played backstage at the theater
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Pretty Good But She's Done Better
30 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, I really liked this Shirley Temple film the first two times I saw it when I owned it on tape. Then, after a fairly long hiatus, I bought the DVD and didn't find it nearly as entertaining as I had before. Having a poor transfer on DVD didn't help. Subsequently, Fox has re-issued these with much better quality (on those 3-pack Temple collections) but I doubt if I'd re-purchase this again.

Anyway, I still liked all the songs and dances, especially the ones earlier in the film. There are a few more numbers here on than on most of her movies, which is fine with me. Temple is still cute and winsome as ever and there are no evil- nasty villains in here, for a change. Yet, Frank Mogan can be a bit annoying and Stepin Fetchit is just plain aggravating. Fortunately, he has a minor role without much dialog.

In summary, a decent Shirley Temple movie but she made at least a handful of others during this time period that were much better It's still a sad comment there are only six reviews of this. Don't people appreciate this girl's talent? She is a legend.


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