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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

In one scene of this film, Shirley Temple's character is given a crane for her birthday. This crane continually pecked at cast and crew members, so a prop man nailed its webbed feet to the floor. Director David Butler insisted that this was not painful for the crane, and Shirley Temple later recalled that the crane never seemed to be suffering, even after the nails were removed. The local humane society learned of the incident and sent an agent to the set to investigate, but when the agent tried to get a closer look at the crane, it pecked at her, too. See more »

Quotes

Helen: Can you stop polishing and help me study for my school examination?
Capt. January: In a minute, honey. Ships and lives depend on this light being just so. Suppose this light had been out on the night you washed ashore, where would you be then?
Helen: Asleep in the deep.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sailor's Hornpipe
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by an unidentified accordian player and Danced by Buddy Ebsen
Played when Star is walking up the wooden steps
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What a sweetie!
3 January 2007 | by jootes-garlandSee all my reviews

I love this film -- one of the sweetest Shirley Temple's movies(all right, I'm always saying that).

Shirley plays Star, an orphan found by Captain January(played by Guy Kibbee), who is the guardian of a Light House. She loves her life there, but a bad 'officer' tries to take her away from him -- so she must do a test in school for the third grade. Things get worse when they have to leave the light house.

This film is perfect for watch with the kids. Of course, adults can love it too. Shirley is sweet as always, singing and dancing, especially in "At the Codfish ball" and "The Right Somebody to love". Anyway, a very enjoyable movie with the great child-star Shirley Temple, with a great cast of co-stars and a great humor!It's very fun to watch!

Lovely!


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