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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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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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A classic of childish heartache, courage, and laughter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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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

Capt. January: Can you prove that heat causes things to expand?
Helen: What's expand mean?
Capt. January: Get bigger. Can you prove that heat makes things get bigger?
Helen: Of course it makes things bigger. The days are longer in the summer, aren't they?
Capt. Nazro: I guess that's the answer, all right.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Soundtracks

Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Godfrey Marks
Played during the opening credits
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Typical Temple Movie - Which Means Feel-Good Fun
28 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's another "cute" Shirley Temple movie with interesting characters and a decent share of good song-and-dance numbers. The story is similar to a few other Temple films in which a nasty person takes Shirley away from the good people but the good guys prevail in the end. It was a tried-and-true formula in the Temple movies.

Here, the "villain" is truant officer (Sara Haden) who wants to take Shirley away from good guy "Captain January" (Guy Kibbe). Kibbe and Slim Summerville are fun to watch as peers and friends who squabble all the time. Haden is effective in her role because you just want to slap that woman!

Shirley and Buddy Ebsen team up for a very entertaining song-and-dance routine to "The Codfish Ball," the best song in the movie.

The film gets a bit uncomfortable when Shirley gets taken away but ends in the normal tearfully-happy Shirley, as always, back with her loved ones and the people who really care about her. Those include the "widow" played by Jane Darwell and the school teacher, acted by June Lang.

All in all, it's the normal Temple movie that provides good feelings, something we viewers always need.


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