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Stowaway
     

Stowaway

Director: William Seiter,

Cast: Shirley Temple, Robert Young, Alice Faye

 

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Stranded in Shanghai, orphaned Ching-Ching (Shirley Temple), the ward of Chinese missionaries, is rescued from harm by playboy Tommy Randall (Robert Young). Through a series of unbelievable but entertaining circumstances, Ching-Ching inadvertently stows away on a boat bound for San Francisco, which happens to include Tommy on the passenger list. During the long voyage

Overview

Stranded in Shanghai, orphaned Ching-Ching (Shirley Temple), the ward of Chinese missionaries, is rescued from harm by playboy Tommy Randall (Robert Young). Through a series of unbelievable but entertaining circumstances, Ching-Ching inadvertently stows away on a boat bound for San Francisco, which happens to include Tommy on the passenger list. During the long voyage, our heroine plays little-miss-fixit for the shipboard romance between Tommy and Susan Parker (Alice Faye). The two marry to give Ching-Ching a proper home, but their clashing personalities lead inexorably to the divorce court. Once again, however, Ching-Ching saves the day, this time with the assistance of twinkly-eyed Judge Booth (J. Edward Bromberg). Stowaway is the one in which Shirley dispenses oriental aphorisms a la Charlie Chan, speaks Chinese, and offers imitations of Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson and Fred Astaire.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An entertaining vehicle for Shirley Temple, Stowaway doesn't rank as one of her best pictures, but it has enough modest charms that it makes for worthwhile viewing for her fans. Not all Temple vehicles are one-girl affairs; this is one of those in which Temple primarily serves as a manipulating force, rather than as the sole star. Temple is quite good at this type of role, the matchmaker who pulls a lot of strings, both hidden and obvious, to make the story come out the way it needs to. That doesn't mean that the little trouper doesn't have plenty of opportunities to shine, of course; here she demonstrates a pretty convincing mastery of Chinese, spouts pearls of Chinese wisdom at the drop of a hat, and of course gets to sing, dance and offer up an array of impersonations in a pretty darn engaging manner. But she also allows her co-stars a decent amount of screen time, and since those stars include Robert Young, Alice Faye, Eugene Pallette, Arthur Treacher and Helen Westley, that's a very good thing. The Mack Gordon-Harry Revel score is a decided plus; if the songs occasionally get a bit cutesy, they're still charmers.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2008
UPC:
0024543514435
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
14,179

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Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Ching-Ching
Robert Young Tommy Randall
Alice Faye Susan Parker
Eugene Pallette The Colonel
Helen Westley Mrs. Hope
Arthur Treacher Atkins
J. Edward Bromberg Judge Booth
Astrid Allwyn Kay Swift
Robert Greig Captain
Jayne Regan Dora Day
Julius Tannen First Mate
Willie Fung Chang
Philip Ahn Sun Lo
Paul McVey Second Mate
Helen Jerome Eddy Mrs. Kruikshank
William Stack Alfred Kruikshank
Honorable Wu Latchee Lee
Allan Lane Richard Hope

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director
William Conselman Screenwriter
William S. Darling Art Director
Buddy G. DeSylva Producer
Samuel G. Engel Original Story
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Lloyd Nosler Editor
Nat Perrin Screenwriter
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Sheekman Screenwriter
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stowaway
1. Main Titles/Sanchow [2:51]
2. Ching-Ching [2:41]
3. Shanghai [3:47]
4. Tommy [5:35]
5. The Stowaway [10:12]
6. Uncle Tommy [6:03]
7. Bedtime [2:20]
8. Goodnight My Love [8:16]
9. Mr. Hope's Message [3:16]
10. Ze Mon's Amateur Show [3:17]
11. You've Gotta S.M.I.L.E. to Be H-A -Double P-Y [3:12]
12. Susan's Fiancé [6:14]
13. Planning the Future [4:20]
14. A Home for Girls [7:01]
15. A Proposal [2:43]
16. Unhappy In Love [3:28]
17. One Never Knows, Does One? [5:05]
18. The Un-Divorce [3:45]
19. That's What I Want For Christmas [1:54]
20. End Titles [:42]

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