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Baby, Take a Bow (1934)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 30 June 1934 (USA)
Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »


Harry Lachman


Philip Klein (screen play), Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play) (as E.E. Paramore Jr.) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Shirley
James Dunn ... Eddie Ellison
Claire Trevor ... Kay Ellison
Alan Dinehart ... Welch
Ray Walker ... Larry Scott
Dorothy Libaire ... Jane
Ralf Harolde ... Trigger Stone
James Flavin ... Flannigan
Richard Tucker ... Mr. Carson
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Carson


Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight, and Eddie and Kay have a beautiful little girl named Shirley. However, Welch has kept a close eye on them for years. He believes in "once a criminal, always a criminal." Then, when Eddie's employer's wife's pearls go missing, it comes out that Eddie and Larry both spent time in prison, and they're fired. Welch suspects that Eddie and Larry have something to do with the theft of the pearls. Will Welch prove that Eddie and Larry had something to do with the theft, or will the truth prevail? Written by Anonymous

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THE DARLING OF THE SCREEN IN HER FIRST STARRING VEHICLE (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 29 June 1934) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a frightening scene | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Upon its 1934 release, this film was banned in Nazi Germany for its depiction of gangsterism and gun play. See more »


At the end scene, after Trigger has been caught, Eddie climbs over the low wall to join his family. A few moments later, he is back behind the wall again. See more »


Welch: Well, hello Kay! Here you are, here's a seat for you.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: The further I sit from you, Mr. Welch, the better I like it.
[to Porter]
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Take those bags into the next car, please.
Porter: Sorry, Miss. The train's full up today.
Welch: Here you are, Kay. Sit right down here.
[Kay drops train tickets, and Welch picks them up]
Welch: Two tickets to Niagara Falls, eh? How romantic. That's where honeymooners go. Oh, yes. Eddie Ellison gets out today. Say, you're not really gonna marry that guy, are you?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Any objection?
Welch: Say, listen, kid. I ...
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Alternate Versions

In 2005 a second colorized version was prepared by Legend Films, replacing the old version previously syndicated to television and released on VHS. See more »


Featured in The Biggest Little Star of the 30's (1976) See more »


Rock-A-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
Sung by James Dunn
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Take a dose of Shirley on a day without sunshine!
30 September 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Eddie Ellison (James Dunn) made a big mistake and ending up serving time in Sing Sing. However, his lovely fiancé, Kay (Claire Trevor) waits for him and even takes him to Niagara Falls to get married on the day he leaves prison. Now, six years later, they live in New York City with their little girl, Shirley (Shirley Temple). Eddie presently works as a chauffeur and even got his good buddy a job with the same company. But, a crooked insurance investigator is certain that Eddie will break the law again and he watches the home constantly. On the day of Shirley's birthday, Eddie and Shirley entertain guests with their jokes, songs, and dances. But, things get complicated when an old, thieving friend of Eddie's gives Shirley a "hot" pearl necklace. He does this to bring Eddie back into the criminal fold but Shirley thinks it is a birthday gift. A ton of confusion reigns soon after as Eddie tries to hide the necklace from the insurance man and Shirley believes it is all an elaborate game of hide and seek. Will Eddie get fingered? This is a fun movie with a few dark elements, surprising in a Temple film. Shirley is adorable, young and talented, displaying her amazing talents for comedy, song, and dance. Dunn, too, is a stitch as her joking father, who is trying his best to go straight, while Trevor is very beautiful and touching as the faithful wife and mother. All of the lesser actors fulfill their roles quite nicely, too. The colorized version I watched had nice sets, costumes, songs, plot elements, and direction. If you like light comedy and vaudeville-type song-and-stomp, this is a good choice for you. Although there is a touch of violence, the sunny nature of the main players and their antics make it almost a second cousin to a Marx Brothers flick. My recommendation is to take a dose of Shirley on a day without sunshine, you'll feel like new.

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Release Date:

30 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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