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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 »

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a frightening scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Always Honest See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Shirley Ellison: Daddy, come here. Tell me what you bought me for a birthday present.
Eddie Ellison: Oh, no. That's a secret.
Shirley Ellison: Will you tell me if I guess?
Eddie Ellison: Well, maybe.
Shirley Ellison: A pair of roller skates?
Eddie Ellison: No.
Shirley Ellison: A dollhouse?
Eddie Ellison: No.
Shirley Ellison: Aw, Daddy. If you tell me, I'll tell you what I'm going to get you for your birthday.
Eddie Ellison: Oh, no. I want to be surprised.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in 20 to 1: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
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Little Shirley - Always Worth Watching
1 March 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

When valuable pearls are stolen, two ex-cons working in the home are immediately suspected. One of these fellows has an incredibly precocious & talented little daughter who manages to get her chubby hands on the missing necklace. When the real thief returns, will the tiny tot handle the dangerous situation to everyone's satisfaction? Will, once again, BABY TAKE A BOW?

Except for the presence of Shirley Temple, most likely this film would long ago have slipped into complete obscurity. James Dunn, Claire Trevor & the rest of the adult performers do their best with the rather tired material, but it is Shirley that one remembers. She is a darling & lights up her scenes with her sparkling personality. Everything else fades away...


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