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Dimples
     

Dimples

Director: William Seiter, Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Helen Westley

Cast: William Seiter, Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Helen Westley

 

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This lavish Shirley Temple starrer is set in New York, sometime in the 1850s. While lovable pickpocket "Professor" Eustace Appleby works the crowd, his talented granddaughter Dimples (Temple) dances for pennies. Dimples demands that Appleby stop his thieving ways, but every time he tries to follow the straight and narrow, he comes out

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This lavish Shirley Temple starrer is set in New York, sometime in the 1850s. While lovable pickpocket "Professor" Eustace Appleby works the crowd, his talented granddaughter Dimples (Temple) dances for pennies. Dimples demands that Appleby stop his thieving ways, but every time he tries to follow the straight and narrow, he comes out the loser (most memorably when he's hoodwinked by a dapper con man played by John Carradine). While Dimples entertains at the home of society matron Mrs. Caroline Drew (Helen Westley), Appleby pilfers several valuable objects. This time he's caught with the goods, but Dimples gallantly takes the blame. Touched by this, Mrs. Drew adopts the little girl, enabling her to find success on the legitimate stage.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Dimples could be considered a somewhat atypical Shirley Temple vehicle, although not because of anything involving the story, screenplay or direction. It's atypical because another performer actually gives Temple a run for her money, which rarely happened in her young career. The performer in question is veteran Frank Morgan, taking the clichéd reprobate grandpa character he's been given and taking the tired dialogue that goes along with it and fashioning a portrait that is enormously engaging and that quite captures the audience's sympathy. Morgan doesn't steal the picture from Temple, mind you; Dimples is still the little tyke's show all the way, and she doesn't give any less than her customary 110% from first frame to last. But Morgan does manage to make a very striking presence, and to give Temple someone strong to play off of, which in turn makes her own performance come across more vividly. The script is the usual melodramatic nonsense that exists to allow Temple to sing, dance and jerk a few tears, and she does it all quite well, even if the sentimentality is laid on especially thick in this story. Modern viewers should beware that Dimples features not only poor Stepin Fetchit's torturous turn but also a blackface segment. The choreography, by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson is quite good, and executed quite well by Temple.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
UPC:
0024543368748
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:18:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Sylvia Dolores Appleby (Dimples)
Frank Morgan Prof. Eustace Appleby
Helen Westley Mrs. Caroline Drew
Robert Kent Allen Drew
Delma Byron Betty Loring
Astrid Allwyn Cleo Marsh
Stepin Fetchit Cicero
Berton Churchill Colonel Loring
Paul Stanton Mr. St. Clair
Julius Tannen Hawkins
John Carradine Mr. Richards
Herman Bing Proprietor
Billy McClain Rufus
Hall Johnson Choir Choir
Jack Clifford Uncle Tom
Betty Jean Hainey Topsy
Arthur Aylesworth Pawnbroker
Greta Meyer Proprietor's Wife
Leonard Kibrick member of childrens band
Jesse Scott black dot
Robert Murphy Policeman

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director
William S. Darling Art Director
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Nunnally Johnson Producer
Ted Koehler Songwriter
Herbert Levy Editor
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Nat Perrin Screenwriter
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Choreography
Arthur Sheekman Screenwriter
Louis Silvers Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dimples
1. Main Titles [:02]
2. Hey. What Did the Blue Jay Say? [1:22]
3. The Professor's Pupils [2:31]
4. He Was A Dandy and She Was a Belle [3:02]
5. The Little Suspect [2:26]
6. Living With a Thief [:19]
7. Back to the Drews [5:44]
8. The Truth About Allen [3:49]
9. Mrs. Drew's Offer [:27]
10. Picture Me Without You [3:18]
11. A Part for Dimples [3:02]
12. Get On Board [3:51]
13. 800 Dollars [1:52]
14. Napolion's Watch [5:35]
15. Broken Promises [1:22]
16. A New Home [1:06]
17. The Watch's New Owner [:39]
18. Opening Night [1:08]
19. The Professor's Problem [1:51]
20. Going to Jail [3:28]
21. Dimples' Big Scene [4:50]
22. A Change of Heart [5:05]
23. Dixie-Anna [2:16]
24. End Titles [2:51]
1. Main Titles [:02]
2. Hey. What Did the Blue Jay Say? [1:22]
3. The Professor's Pupils [2:31]
4. He Was A Dandy and She Was a Belle [3:02]
5. The Little Suspect [2:26]
6. Living With a Thief [:19]
7. Back to the Drews [5:44]
8. The Truth About Allen [3:49]
9. Mrs. Drew's Offer [:27]
10. Picture Me Without You [3:18]
11. A Part for Dimples [3:02]
12. Get On Board [3:51]
13. 800 Dollars [1:52]
14. Napolion's Watch [5:35]
15. Broken Promises [1:22]
16. A New Home [1:06]
17. The Watch's New Owner [:39]
18. Opening Night [1:08]
19. The Professor's Problem [1:51]
20. Going to Jail [3:28]
21. Dimples' Big Scene [4:50]
22. A Change of Heart [5:05]
23. Dixie-Anna [2:16]
24. End Titles [2:51]

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