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Child star Shirley Temple was getting a bit long in the tooth (at age 10!) by the time she made Shirley Temple. Facing the possibility that Temple's appeal was beginning to slip, the producers overstocked the film with top musical-comedy performers and character actors. The curly-topped actress is cast as orphan girl Betsy Brown, discharged in the care of her uncle Pop Shea (Edward Ellis), the manager of a theatrical boarding house. Before long, Betsy is the darling of the clientele, including bandleader Jimmy Clayton (Jimmy Durante), animal trainer Ole (El Brendel), and a pair of wisecracking midget entertainers (George and Olive Brasno). Snooty Sarah Wendling (Edna Mae Oliver), owner of the hotel building, is fed up with "show people" and demands that they pay their back rent or move out post-haste. But Sarah's nephew Roger (George Murphy), in love with Pop Shea's daughter Barbara (Phyllis Brooks), comes to the aid of the hotel's occupants. With the help of Betsy and her friends, Roger pleads his case in the courtroom of judge Claude Gillingwater by staging a lavish musical revue. The specacle of George Murphy dancing with Shirley Temple will prove particularly amusing to those aware of both stars' future political careers. Songs include "Be Optimistic", "If All the World Were Paper", "Hop Skip and Jump" and the title tune. Incidentally, outtakes of Shirley Temple exist showing Shirley Temple doing a frighteningly accurate impersonation of her costar Jimmy Durante (ha-cha-cha-cha-cha!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Shirley Temple
as Betsy Brown
George Murphy
as Roger Wendling
Jimmy Durante
as Jimmy Clayton
Phyllis Brooks
as Barbara Shea
Edna May Oliver
as Sarah Wendling
George Barbier
as Fiske
Edward Ellis
as Pop Shea
Jane Darwell
as Miss Hutchins
El Brendel
as Ole
Donald Meek
as Willoughby Wendling
Patricia Wilder
as Flossie
Claude Gillingwater
as Judge
Charles Coleman
as Simmons
Russell Hicks
as Perry
Claire Du Brey
as Miss Blodgett
Robert Gleckler
as Detective
C. Montague Shaw
as Miles
Frank Dae
as Pool
Clarence H. Wilson
as Scully
Sid Saylor
as Member of the Band
Jerry Colonna
as Member of the Band
Charles "Heinie" Conklin
as Members of the Band
Ben Welden
as Taxi Driver
Charles "Heinie" Conklin
as Members of the Band


Irving Cummings
Darryl F. Zanuck
David Hempstead
Harry Tugend
Jack Yellen
Arthur C. Miller
Louis Silvers
Composer (Music Score)
Louis Silvers
Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Bullock
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Bullock
Harold Spina
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Spina
Walter Thompson
Nick Castle