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Curly Top (1935)

Approved | | Family, Musical, Romance | 26 July 1935 (USA)
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Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Patterson McNutt (screenplay), Arthur J. Beckhard (screenplay) (as Arthur Beckhard)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Elizabeth Blair
John Boles ... Edward Morgan
Rochelle Hudson ... Mary Blair
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Denham
Rafaela Ottiano ... Mrs. Higgins
Esther Dale ... Aunt Genevieve Graham
Etienne Girardot ... Mr. Wyckoff
Arthur Treacher ... Reynolds - the Butler
Maurice Murphy ... Jimmie Rogers
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Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curly Top See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film to pair Shirley Temple with Arthur Treacher; they would appear together in three more movies. See more »

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During the benefit gala when Shirley is doing her skit as an old lady she hobbles on stage with a cane then lays it down on the floor next to her rocking chair. When she stands up to dance the cane has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Edward Morgan: [on a painting] Just suppose the figure of that lovely child should suddenly come to life. Suppose it smiled at you and waved its hand. What would you do?
Aunt Genevieve: I'd call a doctor!
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Crazy Credits

The introductory title credit is followed by an extreme close-up of Shirley Temple's curly top. Shirley then raises her head, and shakes her curls, smiling broadly all the while. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Soundtracks

It's All So New to Me
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Played during the opening credits
Sung by John Boles
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Curly Top (1935) ***
22 February 2006 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

This was only my second Shirley Temple film and therefore I don't have much to compare it with, but I have to say it was pretty good and it's very obvious why little Shirley was such a hit with audiences way back in the 1930's. Full of sweetness, charm, charisma, and sometimes even a hint of darling incorrigibility, Miss Temple gets to shine brightly in this picture.

Shirley stars as Elizabeth Blair (later dubbed "Curly"), a little girl residing at an orphanage with her much older sister Mary (Rochelle Hudson). It's an awfully tough place to live in, as Shirley gets into all sorts of trouble for doing things like allowing her little pony to sleep in her bed and daring to sing her popular song "Animal Crackers In My Soup" during mealtime with all her friends in the lunchroom. Enter the rich trustee of the orphanage, Edward Morgan (John Boles; I've always wondered what happened to him after FRANKENSTEIN), who instantly takes a special interest in little Elizabeth and then can't stop thinking about her; alone in his living room he plays the piano and sings (yucch) as he sees the little girl's cherubic face in the wall paintings he gazes at. He ultimately convinces his old aunt to let him adopt the child as well as her grown-up sister Mary. In their new ritzy environment, both sisters are very adoring of the handsome Edward, and Mary begins to fall in love with him. But there is another man who is also longing for Mary's hand, so it's up to Curly Top to try and bring Edward and Mary together.

I can't let this review go by without mentioning at this point that it occasionally struck me as a little peculiar that Mr. Morgan seemed more interested in little Elizabeth than he was in her older sister. I'm sure it was innocent enough in its day, but it just came off as odd sometimes. Well -- enough of that. This is, after all, a Shirley Temple showcase and she gets to sing another song, "When I Grow Up," during a sequence where she stages a benefit show for all her less fortunate friends back at the orphanage, and changes costumes and dances. Watching her sing and dance her way into our hearts, it's clear that she was a highly talented performer who could completely carry a film. *** out of ****


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