An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

William M. Conselman (screen play) (as William Conselman), David Butler (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Shirley Blake
James Dunn ... Loop Merritt
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Higgins
Judith Allen ... Adele Martin
Lois Wilson ... Mary Blake
Charles Sellon ... Uncle Ned Smith
Walter Johnson ... Thomas - The Chauffeur
Jane Withers ... Joy Smythe
Theodore von Eltz ... J. Wellington Smythe (as Theodor von Eltz)
Dorothy Christy ... Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst ... Higgins - the Butler
George Irving ... Judge Thompson
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Storyline

When a maid is accidentally hit by a car and killed, her young orphaned daughter is forced to live with the snooty couple she used to work for. A custody battle soon ensues between an aviator who adores the little girl and the couple's crotchety Uncle Ned. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A picture that will appeal to men, women and children for its Christmas spirit, romance and adventure. See more »


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Trivia

Shirley Temple sang her signature song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop," in this film. See more »

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As Shirley parachutes to earth with Loop Merritt, her hair is unaffected by the wind, and remains perfectly in place (although it blows all over once they land in the storm). See more »

Quotes

Shirley Blake: My daddy could fly better than anyone in the whole world, couldn't he?
James 'Loop' Merritt: That's right, better than anyone in the whole world. You know, your daddy and I were pals ever since we were about as big as you are. That's why I'm your godfather.
Shirley Blake: And then one day he cracked up and went away to Heaven, didn't he?
James 'Loop' Merritt: That's right.
Shirley Blake: I'll bet when I'm a pilot, I won't crack up.
James 'Loop' Merritt: When you're ready to be a pilot, we'll get you a big non-crackable ship. That reminds me, I found a scrapbook the other day with some pictures...
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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 All in the Family: Archie and Edith Alone (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Music by James Pierpont
In the score during Christmas
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She will play on your heart strings.
27 August 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Hollywood's smallest, biggest star Shirley Temple plays an orphan caught up in a custody battle. She worships a daredevil pilot(James Dunn)and through the course of the movie gets the chance to sing and make immortal "On the Good Ship Lollipop". Also in the steadfast cast are: Jane Darwell, Judith Allen, Charles Sellon and probably the show stealer Jane Withers. Withers is the perfect rich brat to be mean to the poor little orphan(Temple). One of the better projects of the busy little "curly top".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bright Eyes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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