20th Century Fox had two contract "Little Miss Fix It's", both as different as night and day. Shirley Temple got the top of the bill "A" features, while Jane Withers seemed perfectly content with the "B's". In a sense, she seemed more like an adult than some of her older characters, certainly delivering mature dialog with enthusiasm and a wicked grin behind her well meaning scheming.
She's the younger daughter of a wealthy businessman, forced by a domineering wife and older daughter to lay low "for health reasons". Somehow, Withers, mom Nana Bryant, uncle Eddie Collins, and sister Jean Rogers and ends up on a deserted island with young business associate Robert Kellars where they encounter a group of smugglers (Charles Lane among them) and it's up to the brave Withers to save the day.
Silly and unbelievable, this has a few funny moments, and Withers seems a decade older than her 15 years. She has good chemistry with both Collins (the dog in "The Blue Bird") and Arthur Treacher, seen all too briefly as the butler. This really lacks laughs, making it a bit of a misfire. Considering that this is supposed to be a deserted island and most of the footage there is set in the family's island getaway home proves the lack of imagination. Withers didn't make many classics, and it takes more than just her charm to make a successful feature, bottom of the bill or not.
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