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.
Frank Coghlan Jr.,
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 »
Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and ... See full summary »
Harold S. Bucquet
"Runt Page" is a film that satirizes the famous story "The Front Page"--with very small children playing the parts and with adults dubbing. This is Shirley Temple's first film, and for that reason it is an important film--though she doesn't appear until about 7 minutes into this 10 minute film. However, I must also warn you that it's truly godawful--too painful and too stupid for words! This is one of those terrible 'Baby Burlesque' films--where kids act like adults and this is supposed to be funny. Of course, folks back then also thought films where they did the exact same thing but with dogs was funny, too. The bottom line is that it's an idea that wears thin almost immediately. Seeing 3, 4 and 5 year-olds running about in diapers with bow ties isn't normal folks would enjoy. And, I worry about adults who DO like this sort of entertainment. As for me, I'd rather have my eyes gouged out with a rusty melon-baller than see a steady diet of films like this one.
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