Shirley Temple is, possibly, the greatest child star that ever was or ever will be. Between the ages of 7 and 10, she was the top box-office draw for 4 years in a row, beating out other popular actor like Clark Gable and Jean Harlow. Below we will show you five typical Shirley Temple’s films in which makes she shined.
The Little Princess
Based on the classic France Hodgson novel, The Little Princess is notable for being Shirley’s first film made entirely in Technicolor. Set during the Second Boer War, it tells the story of Sara Crewe, a young girl whose soldier father enlists her to an all-girls boarding school in London right before he leaves for combat. Sara’s father is a wealthy man, so the school’s headmistress, Miss Minchin (Mary Nash), willingly spoils her new pupil, fully expecting a fat check at the end of the term. But when news arrives that Sara’s father has been killed in battle, the bitter Miss Minchin quickly turns her favorite student into a servant. Locked away in the school’s freezing attic with fellow servant girl Becky, Sara tries to retain hope that her father is still alive. But, optimism becomes harder and harder for her to hold on to.
The Little Princess marked Shirley’s last major success as a child star. At the age of eleven, she was just beginning to outgrow the roles that made her famous. The film, also served to reunite Shirley with Heidi co-stars, Nash and Marcia Mae Jones (as Lavinia). Despite the liberties this film takes with the original work, The Little Princess has become a beloved classic over the years. It is a heartfelt film that might make you cry, but will definitely make you smile.
Eight-year-old Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with Adolph Kramer, her grumpy, old, outcast, survivalist paternal grandfather. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her angelic ways, sheer love, and adorable personality. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion of a rich man’s invalid daughter, the grandfather is enraged and sets out to get her back. Back in Frankfurt, loved and adored by everyone she touches except the villainous housekeeper, Fraulein Rottenmeier, she thrives but is inwardly very sad and lonely. No matter what anyone tells her, Heidi, with faith, hope, and the stubbornness she inherited from her grandfather, knows that some day she will be reunited with the him and the beloved people of the mountain’s little village
“These are one of the best movies I like for the rest of my life since I was little. In that movie, Heidi (who was played by Shirley Temple) lived with her grandfather then has been kidnapped by her nasty Aunt Dete then been threatened by that stupid Frauline Rottenmeier. It has really great scenes that take place in the Alps of Germany and then Frankfurt.”
The Little Colonel
After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her crusty grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother.
This is a sweet and heartfelt film that showcases Shirley’s talents in the best possible way. Particular attention should be given to both Barrymore and Robinson who help elevate this light drama into a true classic.
It’s in this film that Temple gave perhaps her most beloved performance, singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop” down the aisle of an airplane. The rows of adoring men (and everyone else, for that matter) swoon at the cuteness. The movies don’t always have to be complicated things.
This film contained one of Temple’s biggest hits, “Animal Crackers in My Soup,” in which she serenades her orphanage at mealtime, “I walk around like Noah’s Ark/ I stuff my tummy like a goop.” The New York Times said of “Curly Top”: “So shameless is (the film) in its optimism, so grimly determined to be cheerful, that it ought to cause an epidemic of axe murders and grandmother beatings.” But Temple, the review noted, was irresistible, playing dramatic scenes “with the precision of a veteran actress.” Though a child, Temple was often the best actor in her films.
There are still many famous films started by Shirley Temple which makes this child star popular among people. Although she left us, but we will always remember her in our hearts!
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