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

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Family

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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 27, 1941 with Shirley Temple reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Capt. January: Now listen Star, you've just got to pass this examination. You've just got to. It may mean they'll try to take you away from me if you don't. Now, I don't want to make you nervous...
Capt. Nazro: No, he don't want to make you nervous.
Helen: I'll do my best, Cap. I'm not worried.
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Connections

Referenced in The Disney Family Album: Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Chicken Reel
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by Captain Nazro on the harmonica when he gives Star a crane
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Another Shirley Temple Family Film Classic
29 September 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A vindictive truant officer attempts to wrest little Star from CAPTAIN JANUARY, the old lighthouse keeper who saved her from a watery grave.

Shirley Temple captivates her audience once again in this, one of her most popular films. Aided by fine production values courtesy of Fox, the Tiny Tyke does not disappoint. Singing & dancing, laughing or crying, she once again exhibits all the talents which for years made her top of the Hollywood box office heap.

It's difficult to imagine anyone other than cuddly Guy Kibbee in the title role. He's excellent, but he's also given firm support from old pros Slim Summerville & Jane Darwell. Sara Haden makes a nasty villainess, while OUR GANG bad boy Jerry Tucker is her obnoxious nephew. Pretty June Lang plays the sweet village schoolteacher.

Amiable hoofer Buddy Ebsen joins Shirley in a wonderful song & dance number, ‘The Cod Fish Ball.' Tall & pliable, with plenty of goofy facial expressions, Buddy's performance gives a little idea as to how much he might have contributed to THE WIZARD OF OZ three years later over at Metro, had not health reasons forced him to withdrawal.

Shirley also sings ‘Early Bird' and, in a delightful nursery fantasy, ‘The Right Somebody To Love.'


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