Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Birthday: Shirley Temple!

Shirley Temple (born April 23, 1928), began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934, she reached superstardom in the film, Bright Eyes (1934). Comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William Conselman is based on a story by David Butler and Edwin Burke, and focuses on the relationship between bachelor aviator James 'Loop' Merritt (James Dunn) and his orphaned godchild, Shirley Blake (Shirley Temple). Merritt becomes involved in a custody battle for the child with a rich, elderly gentleman. The film featured one musical number:

"On the Good Ship Lollipop".

She received a special Academy Award in February 1935, and films, Curly Top(1935)musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Patterson McNutt and Arthur J. Beckhard focuses on the adoption of a young orphan (Shirley Temple) by a wealthy bachelor (John Boles) and his romantic attraction to her older sister (Rochelle Hudson). The film’s musical numbers include:

"Animal Crackers in My Soup"

"When I Grow Up".

My favorite Shirley Temple film, Heidi (1937), was a dramatic film directed by Allan Dwan. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Walter Ferris was based on the 1880 children's story of the same name by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. The film is about an orphan named Heidi (Temple) who is taken from her grandfather (Hersholt) to live as a companion to Klara, a spoiled, crippled girl (Jones).

She left the film industry at the age of 12 to attend high school. She performed in a few films in her mid to late teens and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22.

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