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Just Around the Corner (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 11 November 1938 (USA)
Shirley helps her idealistic architect father get his dream of a slum clearance project; The little miss dances with bill "Bojangles" robinson. Based on paul gerard smith's book, "Lucky penny".

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Ethel Hill (screen play), J.P. McEvoy (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Penny Hale
Joan Davis ... Kitty
Charles Farrell ... Jeff Hale
Amanda Duff ... Lola
Bill Robinson ... Corporal Jones
Bert Lahr ... Gus
Franklin Pangborn ... Waters
Cora Witherspoon ... Aunt Julia Ramsby
Claude Gillingwater ... Samuel G. Henshaw (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
Benny Bartlett ... Milton Ramsby (as Bennie Bartlett)
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Storyline

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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Penny See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the kids calls Penny "Bright Eyes". This is a reference to Shirley Temple's earlier hit film, Bright Eyes (1934). See more »

Quotes

Penny Hale: Why did Daddy move? He liked our penthouse, and I loved it.
Waters: Questions, questions. Curiosity killed a cat once.
Penny Hale: Your cat?
Waters: Yes. Uh, no! And stop saying "our penthouse." It isn't yours, not anymore.
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Connections

Referenced in Bojangles (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love to Walk in the Rain
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
Performed by Shirley Temple, Bill Robinson and Chorus
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The Good & Bad Of 'Just Around The Corner'
29 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

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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