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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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Wendy
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Joe Ballantine
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Kit Ballantine
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Judith
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Mike Shea
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Hester Appleby
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Dakin
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Fred Willard
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Jeb
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Maria Liggett
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Mrs. Stinchfield
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Otis
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Doorman
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Station Master
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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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30 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Gente Nova  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 'Baby Take a Bow' number that Shirley Temple does early in this film was actually shot six-years earlier for the film 'Stand Up And Cheer'. It was cleverly re-edited and intercut with new shots of Jack Oakey and chorus. See more »

Goofs

Palm trees can be seen at the train station in New England. See more »

Quotes

Dakin: Seems that being "Progressive" and spending other people's money amounts to bout the same thing.
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Connections

Features Stand Up and Cheer! (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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Played when they're met at the train station
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I wouldn't have liked this family either!
21 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is Shirley Temple's last film under her very successful Twentieth Century-Fox contract. And, sadly, it's NOT among her better films. Part of it is that Shirley now was 12--and no longer the adorable 7 year-old. Most of it, however, was the script--which was rather weak.

The film begins with two show people (Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood) being given a baby. It seems their friend has died and he wanted them to raise the kid. Years pass and the child grows into an adorable show-stopping kid herself (Shirley Temple). During this montage sequence, you see several cute clips of a younger Shirley in previous films. After years of working hard on the road, the family has decided to call it quits and settle down on a farm left to Shirley by her biological parents. However, Oakie and Greenwood REALLY come on very, very strong in this VERY conservative neighborhood. Now these townsfolk are obnoxious old drips---but I also thought that if this family came storming into town like this family did, I might hate them, too. This is a seriously weak part of the film as you were supposed to love Shirley's family and dislike the townsfolk--but I really didn't like any of them. Eventually, however, the family is able to convince everyone how wonderful they are and the film ends--a contrived and weak ending if I've ever seen one. Overall, this film is a time-passer at best. It's not bad but neither is it very good.


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