Young People

Young People

Director: Allan Dwan

Cast: Allan Dwan, Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood

     
 

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"Over the hill" at the tender age of 12, Shirley Temple closed out her 20th Century-Fox contract with the musical seriocomedy Young People. After years of trodding the boards in vaudeville, Wendy Ballantine (Temple) and her adoptive parents Joe (Jack Oakie) and Kit (Charlotte Greenwood retire) to a small town so that the youngster can receive a properSee more details below

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"Over the hill" at the tender age of 12, Shirley Temple closed out her 20th Century-Fox contract with the musical seriocomedy Young People. After years of trodding the boards in vaudeville, Wendy Ballantine (Temple) and her adoptive parents Joe (Jack Oakie) and Kit (Charlotte Greenwood retire) to a small town so that the youngster can receive a proper upbringing. Alas, the town is full of Babbitt-like bigots who disapprove of "show people," and who make no secret of their desire that Wendy and her family leave town immediately. But when a dangerous storm arises, the courage of Wendy, Joe and Kit-coupled with their rescue of several stranded children-forces the townsfolk to realign their thinking and welcome the family into their fold. The best moments in Young People occur at the very beginning, wherein Shirley Temple literally grows up before the audience's eyes via filmclips from her earlier starring vehicles (watch how Jack Oakie suddenly turns into James Dunn-from the waist down-in a musical number lifted from 1934's Stand Up and Cheer).

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By the time of Young People, Shirley Temple's era as a phenomenon was over, and Young serves as a way of saying "good-bye" to the now-not-so-little tyke who charmed America out of its doldrums during the Great Depression. Aged twelve and still engaging, Temple is perfectly fine in Young. It's not her fault that her unique appeal was inextricably linked to her youth: a six- or seven-year-old who sings and dances winningly is a different animal from a twelve-year-old who sings and dances equally well. In Young, the star is doing well everything she has always done well; perhaps if the story that surrounded her were fresh, it might have enabled people to see her in a new light and continue to appreciate her talents. Alas, Young is -- like so many Temple vehicles -- hackneyed and trite. It's also one of the few films in which her co-stars are as interesting as she is, for Jack Oakie and especially Charlotte Greenwood steal many moments throughout the picture. Allan Dwan's direction is adequate but no more, although the "growing up" montage is well done. The score is good, if not outstanding. Young marked the end of the Temple years; although she continued to appear in films, her very special day in the sun was over.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2008
UPC:
0024543514411
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
G
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
51,016

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Wendy
Jack Oakie Joe Ballantine
Charlotte Greenwood Kit Ballantine
Arleen Whelan Marilyn
George Montgomery Mike Shea
Kathleen Howard Hester Appleby
Minor Watson Dakin
Frank Swann Fred Willard
Frank Sully Jeb
Mae Marsh Marie Liggett
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Stichfield
Irving Bacon Otis
Charles Halton Moderator
Arthur Aylesworth Doorman
Olin Howard Station Master
Billy Wayne Stage Manager
Harry Tyler Dave
Darryl Hickman Tommy
Shirley Mills Mary Ann
Diane Fisher Susie
Bob Anderson Jerry Dakin
William Benedict Boy
Evelyn Beresford English Woman
Dell Henderson Eddie's Father
Olin Howland Station Master
Ted North Eddie
Sid Saylor Vaudevillian
Robert "Buddy" Shaw Usher
Mary Gordon Old Woman

Technical Credits
Allan Dwan Director
Edwin Blum Screenwriter
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Nick Castle Choreography
James B. Clark Editor
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Richard Day Art Director
Don Ettlinger Screenwriter
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Geneva Sawyer Choreography
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Warren Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Young People
1. Main Titles [1:02]
2. The Mason-Dixon Line [2:12]
3. Dear Joe and Kit... [1:27]
4. The Beaches of Waikiki [:56]
5. Baby, Take a Bow [2:02]
6. Lets Give Her a Home [1:34]
7. Fifth Avenue [5:28]
8. Living Like Real People [2:27]
9. Just Sayin' Maybe [4:32]
10. Afraid of the Truth [3:44]
11. A Day of Firsts [2:23]
12. Small Town, Big Problems [10:36]
13. I Wouldn't Take a Million [2:01]
14. The Ballantine Plan [4:52]
15. The School Recital [1:33]
16. One Big Joke [2:47]
17. Young People [5:09]
18. Variety-Speak [2:13]
19. Fifth Avenue (Reprise) [2:17]
20. Adopted [6:44]
21. What a Hero! [5:57]
22. From the Mouths of Babes [1:51]
23. Tra-La-La-La [4:22]
24. End Titles [:51]

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