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Captain January (1936)

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A little girl named Star lives with a lighthouse keeper who rescued her when her parents drowned. A truant officer decides she should go to boarding school but she's rescued by relatives.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Sam Hellman (screen play), Gladys Lehman (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Star
Guy Kibbee ... Captain January
Slim Summerville ... Captain Nazro
Buddy Ebsen ... Paul Roberts
Sara Haden ... Agatha Morgan
Jane Darwell ... Eliza Croft
June Lang ... Mary Marshall
Jerry Tucker ... Cyril Morgan
Nella Walker ... Mrs. John Mason
George Irving ... John Mason
Jim Farley ... Deputy Sheriff (as James Farley)
Si Jenks ... Old Sailor
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Storyline

A little girl named Star lives with a lighthouse keeper who rescued her when her parents drowned. A truant officer decides she should go to boarding school but she's rescued by relatives.

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Singing, dancing, laughing...in the most lovable story she's ever had! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Anjo do Farol See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A scene in which Shirley Temple dances the hula was deleted after shocked test audiences said that the hula was immoral. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Agatha Mogan: Disreputable sailors, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves, teaching a child to behave this way!
Helen: Don't be mad at them. They always have fun with me like this. Did you know that Captain Joe Ross can spit fifteen feet in a twenty-mile gale?
[Captain Joe Ross smiles at Mrs. Morgan]
Mrs. Agatha Mogan: Indeed!
Helen: And the skipper, the one with the accordion, once he killed three men with a table knife!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Soundtracks

Chicken Reel
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Traditional
Played by Captain Nazro on the harmonica when he gives Star a crane
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A Pretty Decent One
30 May 2002 | by tmpjSee all my reviews

Actually, Captain January is one of my favorite Temple flix because of the music. For many years, it was out of circulation, not shown on the tube, and not available on video. I finally got to tape it on AMC several years ago, and it's still fum to watch. The score is especially warm and interesting. It's supposed to be written by Louis Silvers, but it was fine writing by whomever the arranger/ orchestrator was. Not my FAVORITE Temple flick, 'cause she did several that are better than this in terms of substance. The main attractions are the music, her dance episodes with a young Buddy Ebsen ( was there ever such a thing?), and the mushy relationship with the Cap'n. And the whole family can get in on the act !!


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