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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie takes its title from the song "Baby, Take a Bow," which James Dunn and Shirley Temple sang in their earlier movie, Stand Up and Cheer! (1934). 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

Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: We're not going back to the city, Eddie. I've got a big surprise.
Eddie Ellison: What is this, a practical joke?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: It's no joke, but boy it's practical. We're going to Niagra Falls.
Eddie Ellison: You mean, right now? From here?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: The train leaves in half an hour.
Eddie Ellison: Gee, you're swell and I'm the luckiest man in the world.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Luck had nothing to do with it. You couldn't get away from me if you tried.
Eddie Ellison: I tried to hide from you in prison and it was hopeless.
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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 »

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

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
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Good Judgment
12 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Baby Take A Bow is based on a Broadway play called Square Crooks and ran a respectable 150 performances in 1926 and also was a silent film in 1928. But noting in the credits of both the Broadway cast and the silent film I noted all the names save for an equivalent of Shirley Temple.

Fox films showed some good judgment in grafting Shirley Temple's child character into this version. A couple of guys played by James Dunn and Ray Walker are trying to go straight and are succeeding. Both are employed by a wealthy family as chauffeurs. Dunn and Walker are married to Claire Trevor and Dorothy Libaire respectively. But Dunn and Trevor have that little bundle from heaven named Shirley Temple.

Both these guys face a pair of menaces. A recently released con played by Ralf Harolde who tries to get them back in the life. And Alan Dinehart who is a private detective who would like to become a real cop, but they won't have him. His role model in law enforcement is Inspector Javert and he hounds Dunn and Walker especially after a jewel heist is pulled on their employer.

Of course it's Shirley who in her innocent way gets Dunn and Walker out of a potential jackpot. Dunn and Trevor both have trouble keeping up with her.

Fans of the eternal moppet will be pleased.


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