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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Sheekman (screen play) and
Nat Perrin (screen play)
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Release Date:
16 October 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Shirley Temple ... Dimples Appleby

Frank Morgan ... 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

John Carradine ... Richards
Billy McClain ... Rufus
Jack Clifford ... Uncle Tom
Betty Jean Hainey ... Topsy
Arthur Aylesworth ... Pawnbroker
Leonard Kibrick ... Children's Band Member (as Leonard Kibrick Warner)
Walter Weidler ... Children's Band Member
George Weidler ... Children's Band Member
Jesse Scott ... One of The Two Black Dots
Thurman Black ... One of The Two Black Dots
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Ashley ... Policeman at Theater (uncredited)
Margaret Bloodgood ... Mrs. O'Casey (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Policeman at Drew Home (uncredited)
A.S. 'Pop' Byron ... Policeman at Theater (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Children's Band Member (uncredited)
Walter Dennis ... Children's Band Member (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ... Creditor (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Stranger (uncredited)
Alex Hirschfield ... Children's Band Member (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Policeman at Drew Home (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Creditor (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Creditor (uncredited)
Harry McCrillis ... Children's Band Member (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Stranger (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bob Murphy ... Policeman at Theater (uncredited)
Maybelle Palmer ... Woman (uncredited)
Frank Silva ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Box Office Man (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Theater Box Office Customer (uncredited)
Martin Turner ... Coachman (uncredited)
William H. Turner ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Fred Wallace ... Usher (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Seiter 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Sheekman (screen play) and
Nat Perrin (screen play)

Nunnally Johnson  original idea (uncredited)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
R.H. Bassett (uncredited)
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Herbert Levy (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling (art direction) (as William Darling)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Booth McCracken .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ted Koehler .... music and lyrics by
Jimmy McHugh .... music and lyrics by
Louis Silvers .... musical direction
 
Other crew
Bill Robinson .... dances directed by
 
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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:S | USA:PG (1994 re-issue) | USA:Approved (PCA #2352) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Two lines in the end cast list credits are subject to two different interpretations: "Children's Band ... Leonard Kibrick Warner," and "Walter and George Weidler." The IMDb cast lists 3 actors: Leonard Kibrick Warner, Walter Weidler and George Weidler. However, The AFI Catalogue lists 4 actors: Leonard Kibrick, Warner Weidler, Walter Weidler and George Weidler.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Shirley Temple & Frank Morgan Shine In Depression Comedy, 25 May 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

DIMPLES, a precocious little tot in the New York City of 1850, must decide between life with her penniless but charming rogue of a grandfather & a wealthy old lady who loves her.

Shirley Temple, that pint-sized package of amazing talent & energy, delights once again. Her megawatt smile & boundless vivacity are only the outward manifestations of her unique personality & status which still keeps her - after so much time - Hollywood's greatest child star.

Frank Morgan, who had honed his scene stealing techniques for decades before Shirley was born, plays her grandfather. Given good lines, he was the rare actor who could dominate the dialogue even at the mighty tyke's expense. He is constantly entertaining to watch and adds greatly to the enjoyment of the film. His classic role would come a few years later when he was to portray THE WIZARD OF OZ, over at MGM.

The supporting players all give solid performances, most notably Helen Westley & Berton Churchill. John Carradine & ubiquitous child actor Leonard Kibrick both have small roles. Movie mavens will recognize Stepin Fetchit, unbilled as Morgan's servant.

The romantic subplot, consisting of Robert Kent trying to choose between Astrid Allwyn & Delma Byron, is a dull affair - as is usual in most Shirley Temple films.

Shirley sings `What Did The Bluebird Say,' `He Was A Dandy,' and, with The Hall Johnson Choir, `Get On Board, Little Children'. Although he does not appear in the film, the legendary Bill Robinson choreographed Shirley's tap routines; his influence is readily apparent.

It has to be mentioned that there is quite a lot of racism in the film. It should also be noted that this was not an unusual situation in Hollywood films of the 1930's.

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