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  • Actors: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell, Judith Allen, Lois Wilson
  • Directors: David Butler
  • Writers: David Butler, Edwin J. Burke, Henry Johnson, William M. Conselman
  • Producers: Sol M. Wurtzel
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RT3R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bright Eyes" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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.

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It is a sensitive and very sweet movie.
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It looked like they didn't know how to end this, so they rushed to finish it without much thought.
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My Granddaughters absolutely loved this movie!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jake Marsico on June 13, 2006
Format: DVD
The year was 1934.America was wheeling from the devastation of the Great Depression and economic woes.Then came a young actress that helped bring movie patrons back to theatres and also helped an upcoming studio that nearly faced bankruptcy.Shirley Temple was just six years old when she made nearly eight feature films in 1934,but the most beloved and well made of those eight was her second Fox feature film "Bright Eyes" and it definitely shows!

"Bright Eyes" is the simple story of a young girl (Temple) who ends up becoming fascinated with her aviator stepdad pilot (James Dunn) and also facing the hardships of life such as death,adoption and her unquestionable future.Her life is combined with that of a rich family named the Smythe's and their bratty daughter (Jane Withers) and her stepdad's friends.But when tragedy strikes Shirley's mom,it brings her and her stepdad closer than ever.Directed by David Butler and featuring Temple's signature song "On The Good Ship Lollipop",and a standout hilarious performance by Withers,"Bright Eyes" is definitely at times sad,but hilarious,and enjoyable film that has a strong central story mixed with comedy and child-like mischief that will appeal to any family member and adults old or new.Recommended for all !

ABOUT THE DVD:
Originally released as part of a short-lived three movie collection of Temple's films to DVD in 2002,it's easy to see why this version is such a big improvement over the '02 release.This version has been digitally restored to its original black & white version with very few specks,dirt,and contrast boosting that plagued the earlier DVD version and also the main intrusion of this new DVD is a brand-new,digitally restored,and enhanced colorized version.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Note that the clamshell version from Fox is colorized. The color is terrible.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda McDonnell on December 20, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
...when you find out that Shirley's trademark song, "On the Good Ship Lollipop" premieres in this movie, not on a boat, but on an airplane! Shirley's aviator dad was killed in a crash before the movie begins, but his best pal James Dunn is still very much on the scene and in her life. Darling Shirley and her mom live in the home of some rich folks, for whom Mom is the maid. They are an unhappy family for all their money, with a bratty daughter (played to perfection by future Josephine the Plumber Jane Withers) and a cantankerous old wheelchair-bound uncle. Things take a spin when Shirley's mother is struck by a hit and run driver en route to Shirley's birthday party. The ensuing custody battle is wrapped up just about as you might expect.
"Bright Eyes" is a very good children's movie, and like so many of Shirley's movies, treats the topic of death with sensitivity--we know the mother has died because we see the birthday cake ornament, a little plane, is broken by the side of the curb. There's a neat scene also when Shirley and Dunn (and a puppy dog) have to bail out of a plane via parachute--that should really brighten the eyes of your little ones!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tara Tagliaferro on January 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Shirley Temple and Jane Withers are a dynamic duo together as Shirley plays a orphaned child that everybody wishes to adopt and Jane plays a selfish brat who has no compassion for Shirley or anybody else. This movie is simply hysterical with the rude Joy (Jane Withers)and the funny and political Uncle Ned. I have never laughed as much as I did in any other Shirley Temple film! Shirley sings her trade mark song "On the Good Ship Lollipop" and will dazzle you with her charm. The plot of the story is easy for young children to follow and consists of tear jerkers, hysterical moments, and dramatic scenes. I have to say this movie wouldn't receive 5 stars without Jane Withers!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
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This is definitely one of Shirley's best films, probably her very best. Shirley's widowed mother works as a servant for a very demanding, rich family. An aviator, Shirley's late father's best friend, is also Shirley's best friend and her mother's as well. A grumpy old grandpa paying to live in the wealthy family's house makes friends with Shirley after he saves her from an older, spoiled little girl(the employer's daughter).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
My 2 yr old loves this movie! Shirley is adorable and Jane Withers is a classic brat -her performance alone is worth watching ! She's hysterical. For any child who loves airplanes this movie is also a must see. Parents should know that Shirley's mother gets hit by a car and dies, although it went over my toddlers head. No gore of course, it's Shirley Temple. But the explanation of her death by "Uncle Lou" to young Shirley is so touching it brought me to tears. Love this movie!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on October 28, 2001
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This was the first movie actually crafted just for Shirley and the kids should find it a fun diversion, even today. It's in this movie in which Temple sings her famed version of ON THE GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP - while on an airplane! The supporting cast includes the little seen silent screen actress Lois Wilson who plays Shirley's mother (employed as a maid) and the talented Irishman, James Dunn - he won an Oscar for the happy alcoholic singing waiter in A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN - does well as Shirley's kind uncle. Cheeky Jane Withers (Remember Josephine, the plumber who endorsed Comet cleanser in the sixties?) plays Joy, and she's fun in contrast to Shirley's goody-goody personna- she's wild, mischievous, noisy, jealous, messy, angry and not particularly cute; she was eventually ranked second in popularity to Temple as a thirties female child star. Recommended for the little ones because these Temple films are inoffensive (with very few exceptions) and are expertly computer colourized!
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