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Miss Annie Rooney [VHS] (1942)

Shirley Temple , William Gargan , Edwin L. Marin  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley Temple, William Gargan, Guy Kibbee, Dickie Moore, Peggy Ryan
  • Directors: Edwin L. Marin
  • Writers: George Bruce
  • Producers: Edward Small
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301166744
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Little Girl starts growing up March 5, 2005
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Shirley Temple starred in this movie when she was at that difficult age when most child stars founder and disappear forever. It's a pleasant, easy to watch movie, although today's kids probably won't care for it much. Annie Rooney (Shirley Temple), the daughter of an unsuccessful inventor, and her friends meet at each other's houses to dance and have fun. Listen for the forties slang! When Annie meets a new boy, and a rich one at that, she teaches him the slang and the dances and he becomes infatuated. This movie has some well-known character actors and some young actors who became better known later. Annie's best friend is a scream. It's particularly funny to hear Annie's father trying to interpret what the kids' slang is saying ("I feel like I'm hearing a foreign language!") with the grandfather's help. And Temple is adorable as always, but really gives a pretty good performance, especially considering her age. A charming movie; well worth watching more than once.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Awful June 4, 2013
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This review is from: Miss Annie Rooney [VHS] (VHS Tape)

I really like Shirley Temple. I've seen her in Fort Apache, Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, and Since You Went Away. Heck, I even liked her in Almost a Bride, but this movie . . . this movie was awful. The script was corny and predictable, and Temple's ability to play a teenager while only 14 years old herself --- why I would have thought the director would have yelled "Cut!" before half the stuff I saw on the screen got a chance to be put on film. Positively amateurish acting! Critics said her last film as a child star, Young People, was simply awful. No, it wasn't and by comparison to this idiotic work, Young People is up there with Little Colonel and Heidi.

I was a teenager myself when I learned that Shirley Temple's first screen kiss had been with Dickie Moore. I have waited decades to see that kiss for myself on screen one day and -- oh, my gosh! A peck on the cheek? His lips barely graze her skin! What?

I must say I really enjoyed seeing Temple act along with Guy Kibbee from Captain January. He seemed to enjoy himself being with her, too. But I am embarrassed to have even watched this film. I got to the middle of it yesterday and stopped watching. I couldn't bear the treacle, the sugar, the falsity of the whole thing, Shirley Temple's coy acting included. I only finished it today because I'm a bit compulsive about finishing things I start. I am being generous by giving it three stars. Heck, even Blue Bird -- Temple's box office failure -- is better than this addlepated, sepia-toned "treasure" from 1942. This is a first for me, the first Temple film I actually loathe.


P.S. 7/4/13 - I just started reading Dick Moore's 1984 autobiography "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet as a teenager July 26, 2011
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1942 B&W Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Dickie Moore. I enjoy Shirley Temple as a teenager. She does not lose all her talent as she becomes older. Shirley is 14 and this it the second film she made after her Fox contract expired. Captain January (Guy Kibbee)costars with her again as her loving and protective grandfather. Child star, Dickie Moore plays her love interest and gives Shirley her first on screen kiss(Hardly a peck on the cheek). The acting is very good in this film, but it is not always a cheerful plot. The movie was made during World War II and it portrays that time period.
Many people seem to think that "A Kiss for Corliss" (AKA Almost a Bride) is a sequel to this movie, but it has nothing to do with it. As a Shirley Temple fan I would rank this movie at 37 out of her 46 movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Annie Rooney October 5, 2010
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would enjoy very much seeing the industry come out with more films of Shirley Temple in her later years. I believe she is a wholesome, entertaining actress, no matter her age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shirley temple americans sweetheart January 18, 2014
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I have all her movies I can find and this is a delightful one with her as a grown up young lady she has a charn all her own and i think this is one you enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Find it Anywhere Else! December 8, 2013
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Can't find this anywhere else! I bought this immediately because it is one of my favorites. Shirley Temple is wonderful as always and the story is so innocently sweet. Great for the family to watch or just a classic movie night.
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