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Young People (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 30 August 1940 (USA)
Shirley's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract (aged 12). Her parents (Oakie, Greenwood) decide to retire from show biz so she can have a normal life. They are unwelcome in the small ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Ballantine
Kit Ballantine
Mike Shea
Hester Appleby
Minor Watson ...
Fred Willard
Frank Sully ...
Maria Liggett
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Stinchfield
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Shirley's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract (aged 12). Her parents (Oakie, Greenwood) decide to retire from show biz so she can have a normal life. They are unwelcome in the small town until a storm lets the family show their stuff. Clips from earlier films fill in Shirley's background. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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FUN and songs! Fun AND songs! Fun and SONGS! ...DANCES TOO!




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Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gente Nova  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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During the "Baby, Take a Bow" number, artistic renderings of chorus girls are painted on the stage curtain in long shots, but in the close-ups (from archive footage) the chorus girls are suddenly live people. See more »


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The Mason-Dixon Line
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung and Danced by Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood
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The Ballantines settle down
1 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Shirley Temple's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract was a good one. Young People is the story of Shirley and her adoptive parents Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood, a pair of vaudevillians who have decided to settle down on a Vermont farm that Shirley's real father left her to give her a home and some stability. They figure she ought to have some at the ripe old age of twelve after a life of born in a trunk.

Oakie and Greenwood are the Ballantines and they have some nice chemistry between them. They should have been teamed more often.

Sad to say what they get is a bunch of hidebound New Englanders who don't take lightly to strangers telling them what's wrong with their way of living. Especially from a brash show business type and they don't come more brash than Jack Oakie. But in her usual fashion Shirley brings them together. As the Good Book says, 'and a little child will lead them'. Even though the little child is starting to show signs of puberty. No doubt why Darryl Zanuck did not renew her contract.

Shirley Temple left 20th Century Fox on a good note.

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