A poor girl falls for a wealthy young man. He invites her to his gala birthday party, but she doesn't have the right kind of dress to wear, so her family and friends band together to raise ... See full summary »
While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and ... See full summary »
Cass Brown is about to marry for the second time; his first marriage, to Isabel, was annulled. But when he discovers that Isabel just had their baby, Cass kidnaps the infant to keep her ... See full summary »
Sonny falls for the pretty new girl next door and decides to take her to a part. First, however, he has to get his sister Mary Lou to go to sleep, which is proving to be a harder task than he anticipated.
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American girls dream of finding romance in Rome, but there is none for secretaries, Anita tells her replacement at the USDA. But Maria soon meets Prince Dino de Cessi at a party at her ... See full summary »
Golden is a two-bit gambler who has promised wife Virginia he'll quit when he makes $200,000. When he fixes a fight he gets mobster Mossiter mad, then loses his fortune to him. He pawns his... See full summary »
Edwin J. Burke
A poor girl falls for a wealthy young man. He invites her to his gala birthday party, but she doesn't have the right kind of dress to wear, so her family and friends band together to raise money to get her the proper dress. Written by
Dickie Moore would recall that the much-publicized scene in which he kisses Shirley Temple was extremely embarrassing for him, inasmuch as it was the first time he had ever kissed any girl; conversely, in her autobiography, Temple cheekily pointed out that it most certainly wasn't her first time, and that she breezed through the scene with her customary professional aplomb. See more »
In a close-up shot of Annie's hand where she is holding the card with the roses from Marty, she is wearing nail polish, but in the next full shot where she is holding the card with the roses, her nails are not painted. See more »
Well, if anything sensational should happen, send up a flare. I'll be right over. But don't brood on it. Things like this can create the most ghastly inhibitions.
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In the 1930s, Shirley Temple was BIG--I am talking HUGE. When it came to popularity, this kid managed to be the top box office draw four years in a row! However, by 1940, things had changed radically. Shirley was no longer a cute child but a budding adolescent and she left her familiar haunts at Twentieth Century-Fox. MGM and a few other studios tried her out in films--mostly to a mediocre reception from the crowds and reviewers. The bottom line is that the studios just didn't know what to do with her--and her talents just didn't fit most of the script she was given. There were some exceptions, such as her supporting performances in "Since You Went Away" and "Fort Apache", but most of the rest of her films were very, very forgettable. She deserved better.
Among the worst of these post-Fox films I've seen is "Miss Annie Rooney". Most of this is because the dialog is simply godawful and the writers, I think, were chimps. All the pubescent characters were one-dimensional and uttered the same annoying catch phrases again and again. Shirley always talked like her dialog was written by a BAD romance novelist--and she must have said 'divine' about 193 times. Dickie Moore was worse and seemed VERY ill-at-ease as a rich boy--who said 'old man' in practically every other sentence.
The bottom line is that the writing was so bad, it made me cringe and getting through this film was a HUGE chore. I rarely, if ever, enjoyed the thing and have nothing particularly good to say about it. If you are a masochist, try watching it streaming on Netflix. Why? Because their print is colorized and most of it looked really, really pink! An ugly film AND annoying one at that.
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