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Baby Takes a Bow (1934)

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  • Dubbed: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley's First Lead Role for Fox June 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I love this film!! Since there are many reviews giving you a synopsis of the picture's plot, I'll skip that part and tell you what I enjoyed with this film. Shirley is delightful and at her highest entertainment in this film, and its amazing since this is one of her first lead roles. She's tiny and irrestible- its like you just want to climb into the movie and pinch her rosy cheeks!
She was lucky to get to work with a talented cast including James Dunn (one of her best partners) and Claire Trevor. The best part of the movie is when the officers at the end of the movie ask James Dunn's character if he's alright (he was just shot in the shoulder mind you) and he says- OH ITS JUST A SCRATCH! I always die on the floor laughing! God love the classic movies of the 30s. And of course James Dunn doesnt need any medical attention and it all ends pleasantly! And there is another part where Shirley Temple is help letting lose the bad guy (well she of course doesnt know hes bad until later) and she uses a knife to cut him lose- Just look at Shirley's face when she picks up the knife. She looks like a pyscho killer! It is excellent! Its little Shirley gone bad!
Dont get me wrong- I'm a die hart Shirley fan- I own practically all of her movies (all of the them under her fox contract from 1934-1940) and have read Child Star her autobiography which is like 700 pages. I just find these little things greatly humorous! I recommend Baby Take a Bow to any Temple fan- its one of her bests!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
At the age of only seven,young Shirley Temple made her first leading starring role for Fox Studios with 1934's "Baby Take A Bow" and thus a legendary child star was born to become the newest studio box-office attraction.Young Shirley lives with her mom (Claire Trevor) and ex-con dad (James Dunn).But when a pair of her dad's friends pearl necklace is stolen,it's up to him to catch the real crook and also convince himself that he isn't the thief he use to be years ago.Featuring wonderful strong performances and a great direction by Harry Lachman (Laurel & Hardy's "Our Relations" and "Dante's Inferno"),the film never loses its comedy stylings nor dramatic tone and highly fast-paced all the way.Highly recommended !


This fun film makes its wonderful DVD debut as part of the Voulme Two Shirley Temple DVD Collection of her beloved films.This DVD features both a restored black & white version as well as a brand-new digitally colorized version that completely blows away the horrid 1994 colorized VHS release.Legend Films has always done outstanding work on the colorization processing for the films they release as well as including the original B&W version too,but extras are nothing more than a lackluster effort (hence the four-star rating).As with the previous Temple releases from Fox and Legend,it contains both unrestored trailers for "Heidi" and "Little Miss Broadway".Despite the absence of many extras,owning both great transfers of the film on one disc makes this a must-have to any fan of classic film or to family film buffs,you won't be dissappointed with this release ! Well-recommended !
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley- Take A Bow January 26, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Why can't they make more movies like Shirley does??? The classic family films that always have a happy ending???

This is one of Shirley's best in my opinon the on-screen dynamic you see between Shirley and her dad(Dunn) is present. Dunn is a great actor--for in this movie you do see him as Shirley's dad who worships his family and littel Shirley.

Shirley as always the entertainer does a ton of dancing in this scene including the famous "copy-cat" dance.

I gave four stars because I found the whole jewel-thief thing and hide and seek jewel thing boring-- me and my cousins fast forward through that one but, still it's a great movie.

Lots, of great on-screen chemistry and Shirley's dance. This is a precious film-- watch it with your kids...or buy the tape. You won't be disappointed if you lovve good clean fun!!!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Shirley Temple film, but not for kids! May 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a cute movie and Shirley Temple is just adorable in it, but there is a scene at the end of the movie in which little Shirley is--literally--in the clutches of the bad guy. She is bodily carried to the rooftop of her apartment building, screaming, "Mommy! Daddy! Help me!!" for about six or seven minutes while the police are in pursuit with guns drawn and bullets being fired. I didn't find this appropriate for my young daughter, who currently is enamored with little Shirley Temple. At 2 1/2 years old, my child is too young to understand that "Baby Take a Bow" is just a movie and that the little girl was not in mortal danger during the making of the film. I will let her watch other movies by Shirley Temple rather than this one.
I don't know how many films Temple had made by the time "Baby Take a Bow" was filmed, but it certainly shows that she had tremendous talent at a very young age. She was truly a child star and entirely deserving of that title. What a wonderful little actress!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awwwwww .......Shirley Take a Bow January 1, 2002
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
This has to be one of her best in the opinion of me! It is one of her most modern movies.She lives in a n apartmentr with her mom and dad and she even gets to play herself. Her daddy is a criminal going straight and when a clients neclace is stolen it messes everything up. Well they throw shirley's b-day party and she is amazing in the little ballerina dress and singing. Then the thief gives shirley the neclace to worsen things up,she thinks its a birthday gift (it is but) and makes a hide and go seek game out of it and puts it in her daddys pocket!yIKES then a very annoying guy comes to look he begins to look in their fathers coatjacket and just before he goes into the pcoket and say it would never be in there he then meets shirley and the father discovers it yikes!they then hide it in a duster/vacum/thing and the cleaner lady comes to get it ! they are safe it goes on until the criminal comes into the house and while the father tied him up shirley unties him because he gave her the gift! HE THEN TAKES HER and is in his hands for a whole 5 minutes ...its a little spooky for a 4/5 year old but all will turn out well as always
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute
It had a good storyline. It brought a smile to my eye. She will be missed. Good movie. Great actress.
Published 5 months ago by Christa R. Sorensen
5.0 out of 5 stars GIFT
Published 6 months ago by catlover
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Ordered a lot of DVD's for my little girl that travels around with her family a lot in their motor home. She loves them.
Published 7 months ago by Skye
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Take a Bow!! :)
I purchased this movie because it is one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies. Not disappointed in the least! :) It also features playing in B/W and Color! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lydia Boley
4.0 out of 5 stars Love
anything Shirley temple I love! It is such a great movie and I loved giving my girls a piece of my childhood.
Published 20 months ago by Ronie
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable
Quite a trip down memory lane! This little actress will forever be young! Like the new colorized version choice to black and white. Arrived so quickly and safe and sound. Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by H. Sasak
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for parents - careful with little ones!
*My review does contain a spoiler*, but it's something good to know if you watch this with young children (6 and under). Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by H. L. LUSK
5.0 out of 5 stars "Baby Take a Bow (1934) ... Shirley Temple ... 20th Century Fox...
20th Century Fox present "BABY TAKE A BOW" (released: 30 June 1934) (74 mins) (B&W/Color Versions) - Under Harry Lachman (Director), John Stone (Producer), James P. Read more
Published on August 11, 2007 by J. Lovins
4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Takes a Bow!
Two years into Shirley's career she achieved top billing in a movie, and deservedly so. James Dunn as Shirley's father Eddie Ellison is funny, as is Ray Walker as Larry Scott, a... Read more
Published on January 1, 2007 by Lonnie E. Holder
4.0 out of 5 stars "Where's my present, Mr?"
Shirley Temple is the daughter of a former criminal (James Dunn) and a beautiful blonde (Claire Trevor). Read more
Published on December 4, 2006 by Samantha Glasser
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