Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes

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Director: David Butler

Cast: David Butler, Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell

     
 

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Despite stiff competition like Poor Little Rich Girl and Heidi, Bright Eyes is arguably the best of Shirley Temple's 1930s vehicles. The little curly-top is cast as Shirley Blake, daughter of Mary Blake (Lois Wilson), the widowed housemaid of snooty J. Wellington and Anita Smythe (Theodore Von Eltz and Dorothy Christy). Though continuallySee more details below

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Despite stiff competition like Poor Little Rich Girl and Heidi, Bright Eyes is arguably the best of Shirley Temple's 1930s vehicles. The little curly-top is cast as Shirley Blake, daughter of Mary Blake (Lois Wilson), the widowed housemaid of snooty J. Wellington and Anita Smythe (Theodore Von Eltz and Dorothy Christy). Though continually terrorized by the Smythe's obnoxious, doll-destroying daughter Joy (Jane Withers), Shirley finds comfort in the fact that she is the darling of the airplane-pilot buddies of her late father. Especially fond of our heroine is flyboy Loop Merritt, who arranges a birthday party for the girl. Alas, even as Shirley sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop" to a gathering of beaming airmen, her mother Mary is run over by a car while shopping for her daughter's birthday cake. It thus becomes Loop's painful duty to tell Shirley that her mother "cracked up," just like her father did (if this scene doesn't move the viewer to tears, the viewer is made of granite). Fortunately, the Smythe's irascible Uncle Ned takes a liking to Shirley, securing her financial future at the expense of his repulsive relatives. But before this happy ending can come about, Shirley must be rescued from an imperiled passenger plane by the resourceful Loop. Though Shirley Temple is inarguably the main drawing card in Bright Eyes, 9-year-old Jane Withers is equally terrific as the pint-sized "villainess"; indeed, some critics felt that Withers stole the show, and it was this as much as anything else that earned Withers her own starring series at 20th Century-Fox.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Shirley Temple should definitely be seen as well as heard. Vocally, little Miss Temple is something akin to a nail on a blackboard, even when performing her signature song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop." But watch her deliver the very same number to an American Airlines crew in Bright Eyes -- and presto! Instant magic. No other child performer but Temple could have convincingly played Bright Eyes' cheerful little orphan; certainly not Jane Withers, who is thrown into the mix almost as an antidote. That Miss Withers runs away with every scene she is in is more to the credit of the writers, who merrily piled on the abuse. Withers added her God-given talent for mugging, and together they created one of filmdom's most memorable villainesses. The adults -- even such veteran scene stealers as James Dunn, Dorothy Christy, and Charles Sellon -- can do little more than stand back and watch in awe as the pint-sized duo goes to town.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
UPC:
0024543368595
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:24:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Shirley Blake
James Dunn Loop Merritt
Jane Darwell Mrs. Higgins
Judith Allen Adele Martin
Lois Wilson Mary Blake
Charles Sellon Uncle Ned Smith
Walter Johnson Thomas the Chauffeur
Jane Withers Joy Smythe
Theodore Von Eltz J. Wellington Smythe
Dorothy Christy Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst Mr. Higgins
George S. Irving Judge Thompson
Earl Foxe Bond Man
Paul McVey Attorney
Frank Moran Truck Driver
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Man

Technical Credits
David Butler Director,Screenwriter
Edwin H. Burke Screenwriter
William Conselman Screenwriter
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Sol Wurtzel Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bright Eyes
1. Main Titles [:57]
2. At the Airport [3:30]
3. Daddy's Picture [2:49]
4. Shirley's Mother [:13]
5. Joy [2:48]
6. Two Little Girls [4:14]
7. Christmas Plans [1:15]
8. Bedtime Prayers [3:26]
9. Christmas Day [1:45]
10. Shirley's Christmas Party [2:38]
11. "On the Good Ship Lollipop" [2:29]
12. The Accident [1:58]
13. Flying to Heaven [1:28]
14. Adopton Discussion [3:52]
15. Charity? [1:39]
16. No Dogs Allowd [1:38]
17. The Runaway [3:17]
18. A Flight in Bad Weahter [:54]
19. The Court Battle [3:50]
20. End Titles [2:12]
1. Main Titles [:57]
2. At the Airport [3:30]
3. Daddy's Picture [2:49]
4. Shirley's Mother [:13]
5. Joy [2:48]
6. Two Little Girls [4:14]
7. Christmas Plans [1:15]
8. Bedtime Prayers [3:26]
9. Christmas Day [1:45]
10. Shirley's Christmas Party [2:38]
11. "On the Good Ship Lollipop" [2:29]
12. The Accident [1:58]
13. Flying to Heaven [1:28]
14. Adopton Discussion [3:52]
15. Charity? [1:39]
16. No Dogs Allowd [1:38]
17. The Runaway [3:17]
18. A Flight in Bad Weahter [:54]
19. The Court Battle [3:50]
20. End Titles [2:12]

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