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Howard Dimsdale (writer)
F. Hugh Herbert (characters)
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25 November 1949 (USA) See more »
CORLISS COULD DO NO WRONG...But, Brother, How She Tried! See more »
A teenage girl who has a crush on an older, more sophisticated man tells all her friends that the man is her boyfriend. Soon that story starts making its way around the town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Shirley Temple ... Corliss Archer

David Niven ... Kenneth Marquis

Tom Tully ... Harry P. Archer

Virginia Welles ... Mildred Pringle

Darryl Hickman ... Dexter Franklin

Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Janet Archer

Robert Ellis ... Raymond Pringle
Kathryn Card ... Louise

Richard Gaines ... Taylor

Roy Roberts ... Uncle George
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Billingsley ... Miss Hibbs, Harry's Secretary (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Corky ... Moronica , the dog (uncredited)

Mickey Martin ... Whistling Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Delivery Man (uncredited)

Howard Negley ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Cop at Archers (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Second Cop at Archers (uncredited)
John Wald ... Hal Frisco, Magazine Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Wallace 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Howard Dimsdale  writer
F. Hugh Herbert  characters

Produced by
Marcus Loew II .... associate producer
Colin Miller .... producer
James Nasser .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse  (as Robert de Grasse)
Film Editing by
Frank Doyle 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
Costume Design by
Elois Jenssen 
Makeup Department
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist (as Karl Herlinger Jr.)
Annabell Levy .... hair stylist (as Annabelle)
Production Management
Lewis J. Rachmil .... production manager
Lewis Bauer .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
Frank Baur .... assistant director (as Frank Bauer)
Sound Department
Frank Webster .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Burke .... camera operator (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Uecker .... gaffer (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Rudolph Polk .... musical director
Paul Sawtell .... conductor
Other crew
Gana Jones .... script supervisor
Anthony Jowitt .... dialogue director
James Nasser .... presenter
David O. Selznick .... special thanks: Miss Temple's Appearance
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Almost a Bride" - USA (reissue title)
"Dangerous Visitor" - USA (reissue title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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This was Shirley Temple's last film and her only starring feature since 1934 which did not receive a contemporary New York Times review.See more »
Dexter Franklin:Hi, Mr. Archer.
Harry P. Archer:Oh ...
Dexter Franklin:This is tomorrow.
Harry P. Archer:I'll make a note of that fact on my calender.
Mrs. Janet Archer:Do you mind, Dexter, we're awfully busy.
Dexter Franklin:But you promised to talk to me about the blackmail today.
Harry P. Archer:At this moment there is nothing in the world I'd be willing to talk to you about. Now get out!
Dexter Franklin:Holy cow!
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Shirley wraps it up with a minor harmless comedy, 10 March 2014
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Innocuous comedy with Shirley, looking lovely, appealing as Corliss Archer, a sometimes savvy but often slightly addle-pated teen. She's surrounded by a competent cast, handed some nonsensical situations too work with but doing their best with what's given. David Niven in particular has a meaningless role that is little more than a cameo.

The fact that Shirley was a grown woman in a troubled first marriage with a child didn't deter the film makers from casting her as a high school student and at twenty one she could still pull it off. This cute, featherweight trifle marked the end of her time as a professional actress. After years of holding sway at the top of the world box office polls Shirley had the timidity to grow up and as she did her career slowed and ultimately after this trifling comedy she chose to throw in the towel. Never the strongest dramatic actress she did possess quite a skillful comic touch and had she chosen to continue acting she probably would have been able to sustain her career for several more years. She had already been announced for her next film, Career Girl- which was never made, when she decided not to continue. Initially retiring to raise her young children she eventually re-entered the public sphere in politics, using her fame perhaps more effectively than any other celebrity in positive manner.

The film is nothing that hasn't been done time and again but it does provide a nice farewell to a leading light of the screen.

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