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Bright Eyes

8 Ratings: 4.0
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   Shirley Temple, the original dancing baby, sings her signature song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop," in this heart-rending drama, one of eight films she made in 1934 (!) at the ripe age of 6, and for which she was honored with a special … see full wiki

Director: David Butler
Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 11, 1934
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Bright Eyes

Shirley Temple in her first big starring vehicle

  • Jan 23, 2006
BRIGHT EYES was Shirley Temple's first big movie, tailored especially for her, in which she plays the darling of a group of aviators. Shirley Blake (Temple) is a little tomboy who loves to hang around the airport with her pilot godfather `Loop' (James Dunn). Her widowed mother Mary (Lois Wilson) works as a maid to the snooty Smythe family, where Shirley must contend with bratty Joy (Jane Withers). When an horrific accident leaves Shirley orphaned, `Loop' sets out to adopt her but soon discovers he is only one of many who want to take home the adorable moppet.

Shirley shines in her first big role. After proving her mettle in "Baby Take a Bow" and many short subjects for the "Baby Burlesques" series, she was more than ready to tackle her first emotionally challenging part. Jane Withers is hilarious as the antithesis to Shirley's sweetness ("There ain't no Santy Claus, `cause my psychoanalyst told me").

This film also introduced Temple's signature tune "On the Good Ship Lollipop". The DVD includes the computer-coloured version of the film.

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