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Ching-Ching gets lost in Shanghai and is befriended by American playboy Tommy Randall. She falls asleep in his car which winds up on a ship headed for America. Susan Parker, also on the ship, marries Randall to give Chin-Ching a family. Written by
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Shirley Temple was tutored in her Chinese dialogue by Bessie Nyi, a UCLA student from Shanghai. When Shirley Temple tried her phrases on the film's extras, they didn't understand her. Her dialogue was in Mandarin, which was appropriate for her character. But the Chinese community of Los Angeles largely spoke Cantonese, and consequently most of dialogue spoken by the extras in the movie is in Cantonese, which was not authentic for the scenes set in Shanghai. See more »
When Ching-Ching meets Tommy Randall in the shop where he's trying to buy a dragon's head, the shop owner holds up the dragon head to let Tommy Randall see it. In the next shot, the dragon's head is sitting on the counter. See more »
Cute orphaned Shirley Temple (as Barbara "Ching-Ching" Stewart), a daughter of missionaries, gets stranded in Shanghai. When playboy tourist Robert Young (as Thomas "Tommy Randall) has trouble buying a "dragon head" from locals, Ms. Temple helps translate Chinese to English. Yes, the dimpled tyke occasionally speaks Chinese in this film. When he discovers she is homeless, Mr. Young agrees to care for Temple. After lunch, she waits in Young's car while he visits drinking buddy Eugene Palette...
Due to the rain and a runaway dog, Temple becomes a "Stowaway" in Young's car...
Temple finds herself on board a ship, re-encounters Young, then helps him hook up with attractive passenger Alice Faye (as Susan Parker). However, Ms. Faye is engaged to another man - putting Temple at odds with his mother Helen Westley (as Ruth Hope). Good luck opposing Temple. The film's highlight is Temple's imitations at an amateur show. First, she does Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor, singing. Next, Temple does an unfathomable, but delightful impersonation of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers.
****** Stowaway (12/18/36) William A. Seiter ~ Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye, Helen Westley
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