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Adventure in Baltimore (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 19 April 1949 (USA)
The liberated daughter of a 1905 minister innocently starts a scandal.

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

Lionel Houser (screenplay), Lesser Samuels (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Dr. Sheldon
Shirley Temple ... Dinah Sheldon
John Agar ... Tom Wade
Albert Sharpe Albert Sharpe ... Mr. Fletcher
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Sheldon
Charles Kemper ... Mr. Steuben
Johnny Sands ... Gene Sheldon
John Miljan ... Mr. Eckert
Norma Varden ... H. H. Hamilton
Carol Brannon Carol Brannon ... Bernice Eckert (as Carol Brannan)
Charles Smith ... Fred Beehouse
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Eckert
Patti Brady ... Sis Sheldon
Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall ... Mark Sheldon
Patsy Creighton Patsy Creighton ... Sally Wilson
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In 1905, teenaged Dinah Sheldon is an aspiring artist and budding suffragette. This is sufficiently scandalous, though her minister father takes a more lenient view. But her imaginative painting, showing a young male friend with exposed chest and (ahem) limbs, really blows the roof off. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She Was a Minister's Daughter...But She Turned the Town Upside Down!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baltimore Escapade See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shirley Gets an Edge
30 July 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot-- A reverend's 1905 family must find a way to adjust to the eldest daughter's instincts for equality at a time when women were denied many opportunities. Meanwhile, Dad may lose his chance to become a bishop because of town gossip over his daughter.

Looks like the misleading title and Shirley's rebellious upstart were meant to provide some edge to her squeaky-clean image. However, the results are what could be expected of the Temple brand—a wholesome little family drama, on the order of Father Knows Best. As daughter Dinah, Shirley manages to keep her feminist instincts within appealing bounds; at the same time, she defies confining norms placed on 1905 women. The rebellious context is carefully calibrated so as to be acceptable to 1949 audiences without offending the values of that later time. Note how in the movie Dinah's desire for women's suffrage is endorsed, but not her inclination for a career as a painter. That accords with norms of the late-40's when women still weren't expected to have careers. Careers would come later in the 1960's.

As Pastor Sheldon, Young is likably bland in the type role soon to define him. More importantly, as the voice of reason and church authority, he gives official approval to his daughter's actions. So the audience knows she's more than just rebellious— she's on the right track. On the other hand, too bad the studio didn't hire a more appealing swain than the dull- as-cement John Agar. But then he's certainly no competition for his then real life wife.

On the whole, the movie tells us more about Temple's career and the social norms of two historical periods than anything else. However, I'm still wondering how this revealing slice of fluff escaped from RKO's dream factory that was then turning out noirs by the dozen.


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