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Stowaway (1936)

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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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Cast

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Ching-Ching
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Helen Westley ...
Arthur Treacher ...
Allan Lane ...
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Judge Booth
Astrid Allwyn ...
Robert Greig ...
Captain
Jayne Regan ...
Julius Tannen ...
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Willie Fung ...
Chang
Philip Ahn ...
Paul McVey ...
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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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25 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Sonnenscheinchen  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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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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Alfred Krukshank: We are missionaries. The province sent us here to fight evil, not flee from it.
Sun Lo: Will you allow me to take little Ching-Ching out of harm's way?
Alfred Krukshank: Barbara will remain here with us. And I wish you would not refer to her as Ching-Ching.
Sun Lo: Mr. Kruikshank, you may do as you wish with your own life, but Ching - Barbara is a child. Her honorable parents were my friends.
Alfred Krukshank: I know. But they did not desert their posts when danger threatened.
Sun Lo: No, and they were killed.
Mrs. Kruikshank: Please, Alfred.
Alfred Krukshank: I have decided.
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Soundtracks

I Wanna Go To The Zoo
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Copyright 1936 by Robbins Music Corp.
Written for the movie, but not performed
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A Charming Movie
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Stowaway" may not be the best of the Shirley Temple movies, mostly because the character of the man who adopts her is too devil-may-care for the viewer to think he has the necessary heart of gold to become a surrogate father, but it is still an endearing and delightful film. Contrary to what another reviewer wrote, Shirley does NOT play a "street child" in China, rather, she is the orphaned child of Christian missionaries who is being sent home to America by her careful guardians (both American and Chinese), when a horrible series of events leads to her becoming lost. This portion of the movie is quite realistic, as with many of the most affecting Shirley Temple films, and sets the necessary tragic background against which her bravery and good cheer will shine. "Stowaway" is also notable for a stage turn in which Shirley does a credible impersonation of Al Jolson, which is a great deal of fun for fans of the period's celebrities.


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