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Miss Annie Rooney (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 May 1942 (USA)
A poor girl falls for a wealthy young man. He invites her to his gala birthday party, but she doesn't have the right kind of dress to wear, so her family and friends band together to raise money to get her the proper dress.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

George Bruce (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Annie Rooney
William Gargan ... Tim Rooney
Guy Kibbee ... Grandpa Rooney
Dickie Moore ... Marty White
Peggy Ryan ... Myrtle
Roland Dupree Roland Dupree ... Joey (as Roland Du Pree)
Gloria Holden ... Esther White
Jonathan Hale ... Mr. White
Mary Field ... Mrs. Metz
George Lloyd ... Burns
Jane Buckingham Jane Buckingham ... Madam Sylvia (as Jan Buckingham)
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Thomas
June Lockhart ... Stella Bainbridge
Charles Coleman ... Sidney
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman
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Storyline

A poor girl falls for a wealthy young man. He invites her to his gala birthday party, but she doesn't have the right kind of dress to wear, so her family and friends band together to raise money to get her the proper dress.

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Taglines:

Shirley's First Romance! Shirley's First Kiss! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Annie Rooney See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joey's hand-made car is named Anesthesia, but it's also called Anastasia. This may be a play on his girlfriend Annie's name. 'Blitz Buggy' is hand-painted on the side of the car. See more »

Goofs

In a close-up shot of Annie's hand where she is holding the card with the roses from Marty, she is wearing nail polish, but in the next full shot where she is holding the card with the roses, her nails are not painted. See more »

Quotes

Annie Rooney: When your dreams are gone, there isn't anything much left.
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Alternate Versions

The German-language print released on VHS is colorized. See more »

Connections

Featured in Private Screenings: Child Stars (2006) See more »

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stiff teen rom
9 January 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Annie Rooney (Shirley Temple) is a 14-year-old romantic and Myrtle is her best friend. Her salesman dad's newest get rich scheme is a new form of synthetic rubber. They live check to check on her grandpa's pension. Joey is a boy and a friend. He's driving Annie when they run into 16-year-old Marty White. Annie has love at first sight for Marty who comes from a wealthy rubber family fortune.

Shirley Temple is trying to be more than a child star. She's still plenty cute but she comes off as a try-hard. Worst still, Marty is terribly stiff and her love for him does not shine a good light on her. Joey isn't much either but at least, he has a little bit of charisma. It would be a much better move to have the best friend show his worth for her love. All the characters are mostly two dimensional and the tire story is tired. This is not a movie with depth. This is notable for Shirley's first on-screen kiss which is no more than a peck on the cheek and quite awkward at that. The big question is whether Shirley ever had a chance at prolonging her career. She could have been a Nancy Drew type but she isn't really a romantic type. She tries hard and that's the character type that she should concentrate on.


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