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Stowaway (1936)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Adventure, Family  |  25 December 1936 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Tommy Randall: Do you think your mother would mind if you joined us in a soup bone?
Barbara Stewart aka Ching-Ching: I haven't got any mother.
Tommy Randall: Well, then, your father, or family?
Barbara Stewart aka Ching-Ching: I haven't any family. I haven't even got Chang.
Tommy Randall: Who's Chang?
Barbara Stewart aka Ching-Ching: He brought me here from Sanchow, and then he ran away with my money.
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Soundtracks

One Never Knows, Does One?
(1936)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Copyright 1936 by Robbins Music Corp.
Performed by Alice Faye (uncredited)
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Little Miss Matchmaker
12 January 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

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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