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Bright Eyes (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 28 December 1934 (USA)
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An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

William M. Conselman (screen play) (as William Conselman), David Butler (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 (as Theodor von Eltz)
Dorothy Christy ... Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst ... Higgins - the Butler
George Irving ... Judge Thompson
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Storyline

When a maid is accidentally hit by a car and killed, her young orphaned daughter is forced to live with the snooty couple she used to work for. A custody battle soon ensues between an aviator who adores the little girl and the couple's crotchety Uncle Ned. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She's the sweetheart of the airdrome...guardian angel of the fliers who rate their lives more lightly than her love! (Print Ad- The Lodi News, ((Lodi, Calif.)) 7 January 1935)


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shirley aviatrice See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Terry (Rags) is the same dog that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

Goofs

At the very end of the movie when Uncle Ned reveals who got Shirley, Joy is holding her hands in front of her. When the scene moves into Joy, her arms are crossed. See more »

Quotes

Shirley Blake: I know who you are.
Adele Martin: You do?
Shirley Blake: Sure, you're the lady who's coming to live at our house.
Adele Martin: You're not little Joy, are you?
Shirley Blake: Oh, no, I'm Shirley.
Adele Martin: Oh, I see.
Shirley Blake: Loop, isn't this the lady whose picture you have in your book?
James 'Loop' Merritt: Yeah. She's one of them.
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Alternate Versions

In 2005 a second colorized version was prepared by Legend Films, replacing the old version previously syndicated to television and released on VHS. See more »

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Referenced in Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung a cappella by Charles Sellon
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She will play on your heart strings.
27 August 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Hollywood's smallest, biggest star Shirley Temple plays an orphan caught up in a custody battle. She worships a daredevil pilot(James Dunn)and through the course of the movie gets the chance to sing and make immortal "On the Good Ship Lollipop". Also in the steadfast cast are: Jane Darwell, Judith Allen, Charles Sellon and probably the show stealer Jane Withers. Withers is the perfect rich brat to be mean to the poor little orphan(Temple). One of the better projects of the busy little "curly top".


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