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The adorable and talented Shirley Temple delights audiences with her song and dance talents in these classics. The 8 movies and 16 short films include: Dora's Dunkin' Doughnuts, Glad Rags to Riches , Kid 'N' Africa, Kid 'N' Hollywood, The Little Princess, Managed Money, Merrily Yours, Pardon My Pups, The Pie-Covered Wagon, Polly Tix in Washington, The Red-Haired Alibi, To the Last Man and War Babies.
Each of the four single-side recorded discs that comprise MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT's SHIRLEY TEMPLE & FRIENDS comes stored in a black paper envelope that has a back closing flap and large glassine window in front (for convenient viewing). There's no literature included in the sturdy snapcase plastic box. Program contents are listed on its back cover.
Here, a potentially interesting collection is badly hampered by a great deal of flawed source material.
DISC ONE-- Audio on THE LITTLE PRINCESS is top shelf, but colors are washed out. A small border appears around the image, thus the entire picture is visible LAW OF VENGEANCE starts at low volume, but that improves within a minute. Film stock used is quite degraded with many break splices. Evidence here of a dub from VHS In RED-HAIRED ALIBI, Shirley is last-billed. Lots of film breaks here, but sound is clearer
DISC TWO-- Seven of these eleven shorts run under 10 minutes #1 DORA'S DUNKIN' DOUGHNUTS - Multi-generational blurry dub with muffled sound that's slightly out of sync #2 GLAD RAGS TO RICHES - Re-release with new title card and flown-in intro music #3 KID 'N' AFRICA - Another murky dub in every respect #4 KID 'N' HOLLYWOOD - Sounds OK but looks awful-- blurry, unsharp, edits #5 MANAGED MONEY - The same as #4 #6 MERRILY YOURS - Far better condition here-- the best of the disc #7 PARDON MY PUPS - Back to blurry, multi-generational dub #8 THE PIE COVERED WAGON - Original titles. Too much contrast here #9 POLLY TIX IN WASHINGTON - OK sound, poor video. Really blurry!Read more ›
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This set of 4 DVDs is a fair enough buy if you can get it on sale for 4 or 5 dollars; it is NOT a good value at $14.99. It is a pleasant enough collection -- and no worse in quality than what would have been shown on TV 40 years ago. It is not, however, all Shirley Temple nor is the Shirley Temple presented the best of Shirley Temple. It seems to be whatever could be scrabbled up in the public domain. And, not all of the information given on the list of films is accurate. It does have the advantage of being region free, which is a benefit for those of us who, contrary to the notions of companies releasing DVDs, live in a world larger than one region.
Disc 1 has 3 features: "The Little Princess" (1939), one of Temple's gems; "Law of Vengeance"(1933), aka "To the Last Man", with Temple in a tiny part along with leads Randolph Scott, Esther Ralston, and Buster Crabbe; and "The Red-Haired Alibi" (1932), with Temple in a small but interesting role.
Disc 2 has 11 Temple shorts. Thankfully, it includes "Dora's Dunkin' Doughnuts" (1933), which is a charmer. Most the rest are pretty wretched, with the Baby Burlesques even a bit disturbing with tots in over-sized diapers playing adult roles.
Disc 3 has 4 shorts and 1 feature film. Temple appears in only one of these films, the short "What's to Do" (1933). Our Gang appears in the other 3 shorts, though, which is a treat. The feature film included is "Nancy Drew, Reporter" (1939), with a likable, lively Bonita Granville as Nancy.
Disc 4 has 4 feature films, none of which include Temple. Fortunately, they are actually worth watching. "A Boy, a Girl and a Dog" (1946) is cute as it can be. "The Green Promise" (1949) has a precocious young Natalie Wood paired with the crusty Walter Brennan.Read more ›