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Penny Hale is the daughter of Jeff Hale, a once wealthy architect and widower now ruined by the depression and working as the maintenance man in an apartment building, in which his girlfriend Lola lives in the penthouse. Shirley, always positive and happy refuses to accept their drop in the world and believes prosperity is just around the corner. She makes friends with an eccentric, grumpy old man, Samuel G. Henshaw, who turns out to be a millionaire and backs her father's engineering plans.Written by
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Why did Daddy move? He liked our penthouse, and I loved it.
Questions, questions. Curiosity killed a cat once.
Yes. Uh, no! And stop saying "our penthouse." It isn't yours, not anymore.
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Here's a so-so Shirley Temple entry with a catchy song that plays throughout the film. The movie features a bunch of nice characters. The "bad guys" in here - a snotty woman, her butler and a crabby "Uncle Sam" - aren't overly mean and don't have huge roles in here so the atmosphere, for the most part, is very genial.
In addition to the main song ("This Is A Happy Little Ditty," a very catchy song), there is a good production number near the end of the film. Both of those numbers feature Shirley and Bill Robinson. Those two were always fun to watch dance and sing together.
There are two negatives in here: some of the spoken lines are a little stupid and poorly delivered, mostly by the male rich kid "Milton Ramsby" (Bennie Bartlett) who looked like he was reading his lines and the female adult lead, "Lola Ramsby," played by Amanda Duff, was weak. I can see why Duff never had much of a screen career.
I would like to have heard a few more songs, too, but it's still a charming film: not her best, but not the worst, either.
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