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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.

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David Butler

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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 | Musical | Family

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

In his review of this film, author Graham Greene called it "sentimental, a little depraved, with an appeal interestingly decadent. Shirley Temple acts and dances with immense vigor and assurance, but some of her popularity seems to rest on a coquetry." See more »

Quotes

The Widow Mrs. Eliza Croft: Wouldn't you like me to live here, so I could cut em all down to fit cha?
Helen: No, I'd rather grow up to fit the dresses.
The Widow Mrs. Eliza Croft: Oh! You mean you wouldn't like me to live here?
Helen: Well, I like you, but you see, I'm the lady of the house, and we couldn't have two ladies of the house.
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Connections

Referenced in The Disney Family Album: Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen (1985) 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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I actually preferred the 1924 version.
6 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I had an unusual opportunity to see both the original 1924 version of "Captain January" (Starring Baby Peggy) and the 1936 version (Starring Shirley Temple). And, while I will freely admit that Shirley was an amazing talent, I actually preferred the original a bit more. Much of it might be because the singing and dancing in the remake seemed a bit out of place with such a sad story. Part of it might be that I just prefer originals in almost every case.

The story is not exactly the same as the original. The biggest difference is WHO Captain January is. In the 1924 film, it was the child's nickname but in this film, it's the name given to the child's adoptive father. Either way, the child was found along the shore following a shipwreck where the child's parents were killed. She was raised by a nice old lighthouse keeper (Guy Kibbee) and years later, a nasty old biddy wants to take the child away and put it in an orphanage because she feels the man is a bad influence on the kid. In the original, it was the child's aunt and uncle who threaten to take the kid and the old biddy was only a minor character. Either way, it all ends well--and everyone, naturally, is very happy.

This is a good family film....but not a great one. Shirley was fine and the film enjoyable but it just didn't seem like an improvement on an already lovely film. Worth seeing, but I recommend you see both.


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