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Baby, Take a Bow (1934)

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

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

Larry Scott: Say, how 'bout going to the movies with us tonight?
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Oh, thanks, but we can't leave Shirley.
Larry Scott: They're showing 10,000 years in Sing-Sing at the Cameo.
Eddie Ellison: Gee, what a long stretch!
Jane Scott: They say it's awful funny.
Eddie Ellison: Not for my dough.
Larry Scott: Well, come on, Jane. We'll be late.
Eddie Ellison: Say, Larry, what's your hurry? If you miss three or four years, it don't make any difference.
Kay 'Funny Face' Ellison: Have a good time.
Larry Scott: Thanks. Sorry you won't come with us. So long.
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Pop Goes the Weasel
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14 June 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I love swimming around in these old movies. Very few of them are worth watching for themselves. But many of them have such strange narrative experiments. You just can't honk around today like this.

Here's what this is. It part prison picture in tone. Prison movies were a staple in that era because the system was considered to be inherently unjust, and good men could easily be sent to the bighouse, with cops usually depicted as incompetent or cruel.

Its part adventure/comedy, with stolen jewels, hidden and with open slapstick toward the end.

And it partly a show movie with a song and dance number, apparently recreated from a previous film.

The film itself is dull and cheap, but the idea behind it is wild. A pudgy 5 year old can carry a film?

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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