Mary Pickford, The Little Princess
Shirley Temple and Arthur Treacher in The Little Princess
Mary Pickford, The Little Princess
Shirley Temple and Arthur Treacher in The Little Princess
Shirley Temple, The Little Colonel
The thing I love most about watching Shirley Temple movies? Shirley Temple!
However, I also love seeing the wide variety of co-stars she had. Take The Little Colonel (1935), for example. How’s this for a cast? Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Hattie McDaniel, Evelyn Venable, and Bill Robinson. While Shirley is more than worth watching these films for, you never quite know who will show up!
There is just something relaxing, peaceful, fun, comforting, and just so right about watching a Shirley Temple movie. I’ll tell you something that makes it even sweeter – watching it with someone else. Whether it’s with an adult you love or a child who hangs the moon and stars in your world – the best things in life are those shared. Watching Shirley Temple films with children is especially wonderful.
For another photo – as well as the plot of The Little Colonel – check out an earlier post on Hollywood Yesterday, Evelyn Venable, Shirley Temple, and Hattie McDaniel.
If you are, like me, a collector, you can find the Ultimate Shirley Temple DVD Collection on Amazon. If you simply want to “rent” her movies to watch, you can find the adorable little ray of sunshine on Amazon Prime!
I grew up watching (and loving!) Shirley Temple and all of her wonderful movies. I still watch them… and you’d better believe I still love them.
Below is the wonderful movie Heidi from 1937. I honestly believe we tend to take Shirley Temple for granted, simply because she made it look so easy. But this was a child with a tremendous amount of talent!
Grab some popcorn and enjoy Shirley Temple in this beautiful classic.
The Little Colonel (1935) is one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies – which is really saying something because, frankly, I love them all to distraction.
Plot: Elizabeth Lloyd (played beautifully by Evelyn Venable) is a Southern Belle who falls in love with a Yankee, Jack Sherman (John Lodge). When they run away to get married, Elizabeth’s father, Colonel Lloyd (the wonderful Lionel Barrymore)… who happens to be a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War… cuts her off entirely and vows that he’ll never speak to her again! After several years, Elizabeth returns to her home town with her precious little girl (adorably played by Shirley Temple). Can The charming and lovable little girl soften her grumpy, stubborn, and unforgiving grandfather? Can she bring a father and daughter back together again?
You know the answers to these questions… and it is especially beautiful to watch.
Wonderful, warm movie with an outstanding cast.
There was one movie star she would put her book down for and that was Shirley Temple. She absolutely loved Shirley Temple movies. There was, during this time, a program each Sunday morning called the Abbott and Costello Theater (I believe it was on TBS, but I’m not certain of that). Many times, they would air a Shirley Temple movie instead of an Abbott and Costello one. My dad would grumble and, inevitably ask the same question, “WHY BOTHER CALLING IT THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO THEATER??!!”
It really didn’t matter to me, I was happy either way – but there was a definite difference of opinion with the folks. Mind you, he’d watch the Shirley Temple movies with us and, while he’d never admit it, he even enjoyed them.
One of my personal favorites was (and is) The Little Princess (1939). Shirley Temple plays Sara Crewe, a little girl who is left in a snooty exclusive home for girls, when her beloved father has to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War.
Shirley Temple is, undoubtedly, adorable in The Little Princess and effectively pulls at every heart string. While the same can be said about every movie she appeared in, there’s just something special about this role. When watching her scenes, you can’t help but believe that she was extra fond of this role and film. Most of the time – especially when you watch enough of a star’s films to become familiar with them – you can tell just how much an actor or actress loved or loathed a role and a film. I’d be willing to bet that they young star got a real kick out of this movie.
Undoubtedly she got a real kick out of her co-star Arthur Treacher as well. I know I always do. He actually starred in quite a few movies with Miss Temple. He always brings an air of happiness and fun with him to his roles and is one of the faces that comes to my mind when I hear the phrase scene stealer.
Ian Hunter (you may remember him as King Richard the Lion-Heart in 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood) plays her loving father, Captain Crewe. Richard Green, Mary Nash (deliciously despicable!), Cesar Romero, and beautiful Anita Louise round out the cast.
I particularly love Anita Louise in this movie. She’s one of those stars who never seemed to reach the level of stardom I feel they should have. She was more than just lovely and she was even more than a very talented actress. There was a certain, unmistakable spark to her and a unique ability to have chemistry with everyone in the room. There are other actresses who didn’t quite achieve the stardom they deserved (in my opinion, mind you) who had these exact same qualities – Dianne Foster and Lizabeth Scott are two that come to mind.
Ray Milland and George Sanders are a few actors that fall into this category for me. Like the ladies above, they certainly were successful and had wonderful careers. However, they don’t have the “household name” status many…. quite honestly…. less talented and charismatic stars have.
Even if the story wasn’t wonderful (it is!), The Little Princess would be worth seeing for Shirley Temple, Anita Louise, and Arthur Treacher, alone. I guess that’s easy for me to say because I have always approached movie-watching on a star-by-star basis. While there have been a few movies I’ve sought out because they sounded fascinating – a solid 9 times out of 10, I seek out a movie because of an actor or actress in the cast.
Very often, while watching a movie starring an all-time favorite (Rita Hayworth, for example), I’ll “meet” new favorites – then I simply must watch all of their movies as well. When they reach my much-ballyhooed (by me, anyway!) “all time favorite” status, then their movies aren’t just watched, they’re collected on DVD. Shirley Temple and Anita Louise qualify for this distinction.
The Little Princess was the first time I saw Anita Louise and it set me off on an “Anita Louise Movie” watching and collecting venture. If you’ve never seen The Little Princess – or haven’t watched it in a while – I believe you’ll become just as big a fan of Anita Louise as I am.
When that happens, I can certainly recommend some good movies.
I also believe you’ll fall in love with Shirley Temple and with her lightweight, fun, and heartwarming movies. I don’t have to tell you that we live in somewhat perilous times right now. There’s a lot of controversy, contention, and full-on craziness out in the world. I can guarantee you this to the tune of 110 percent… a good old Shirley Temple movie will make it all fade away.
What’s not to love about that?!
Before I get to the next book I plan to buy, I have to heap a little praise on Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple. I recently re-watched the adorable romp of a movie, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (19447) and these stars chewed up the scenery. The movie also starred Rudy Vallee and Lillian Randolph. Lillian was born in my state of Kentucky (Louisville) – that’s something I’ve always been proud of.
If you don’t remember this ground-breaking actress from The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, I’m sure you’ll remember her as Annie in It’s a Wonderful Life or Sister Sara in the 1977 miniseries Roots. Outstanding actress with an especially strong screen presence.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a movie that kind of epitomizes WHY I’m so obsessed with old movies. For one thing, everything was so much simpler then – there was an innocence in the world that’s more than a little alluring. While we’ll never get that innocence back, it’s a joy to visit as often as possible.
I’m also crazy in love with seeing old clothes, cars, houses, furniture, buildings, etc. I actually record most of the movies I watch on the DVR (if I don’t own them on DVD, that is) because I’m always wanting to rewind to take a closer look or to relive a favorite scene.
I did this A LOT of times in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer because of the fashion and cars – and also a few times because this particular role really gave Cary Grant the opportunity to ham it up… an opportunity he embraced with both arms!
As a huge (go ahead and pronounce that yuuuuuuuge) fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood, there are few things I love as much as cuddling up with a classic movie. However, snuggling up with a star’s biography (or autobiography) is right up there – especially when it involves one of my personal favorites. When it comes to Cary Grant: A Biography, I think it’ll be almost as good as watching one of the legend’s movies.
From Amazon: Rigorously researched and elegantly written, Cary Grant: A Biography is a complete, nuanced portrait of the greatest star in cinema history. Exploring Grant’s troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities, as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood’s favorite romantic lead for more than thirty-five years, Cary Grant is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant’s professional and private life and the first biography to reveal the real man behind the movie star.
One of the things I love most about Hollywood biographies and autobiographies is this: You not only get to take an intimate look into the star on the cover’s life, you’re able to get up close and personal with the stars who were in their circle. That’s actually one of my favorite parts of these books- learning what sort of relationship different stars shared. You just never know what name will turn up in the pages or what they’ll be doing when they turn up!
As soon as I read Cary Grant: A Biography I’ll review it here on Hollywood Yesterday. I know it’s really going to be something special.
Read more about my Old Hollywood Book Reviews.
Another personal absolute favorite of mine is Barbara Stanwyck. Not only was she beautiful and outrageously talented, she was exceptionally bright, charismatic, and colorful. This growing collection of Barbara Stanwyck Quotes will give you an idea of just how colorful she was!
There’s nothing quite like watching a movie from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Whether it’s a Musical, Western, Comedy, Romance, Film Noir, or Drama – if it’s on, I’m not too far away… with popcorn and raspberry tea in hand and a couple of cats nearby.
Below are a few Old Hollywood movie reviews I’ve done on the blog. There are, as you’d imagine, a lot more to come. – Joi (“Joy”)
We’re in the Money (Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell)
The Naked Spur (James Stewart, Janet Leigh)
The Prince and the Showgirl (Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier)
The White Sister (Helen Hayes, Clark Gable)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn, Julie Newmar)
Rio Bravo (John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan)
El Dorado (John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt, Michele Carey)
Rio Grande (John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara)
Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein (What is it With Me and These Movies??)
The Stooge (Jerry Lewis’ favorite Lewis and Martin Movie… for good reason.)
Critic’s Choice (Hilarious movie starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball)
To Please a Lady (Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck team up in a fast track movie)
Grand Hotel (Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore)
Hearts Divided (Marion Davies, Dick Powell)
The Quiet Man (John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald)
Find out just how much I (truly) Love Lucy in the Lucille Ball category. I’m warning you, I call it an obsession for a very good reason…
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