Shirley Temple: Just Around the Corner
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- Features both remastered B&W and colorized versions of the film
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Shirley returns home from boarding school because of an unspecified problem. After she returns home we learn that Shirley's architect father has lost his job and has moved from a penthouse apartment to the basement. Her father is now the electrician for the building in which they live. Shirley takes everything in stride and does her best to persevere.
Shirley Temple was about 10 years old when this movie was made, but she looks younger. She retains much of the charm she had as a little girl. Shirley manages to keep the action and the humor both high as we see her raise money for wealthy Samuel G. Henshaw, thinking that he is Uncle Sam. Shirley manages to cut the curls from a boy's hair, causing his mother to throw a genuine fit, simultaneously generating some of the best laughs in the movie. Shirley also manages to have a dance routine with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the fourth and last dance routine in a movie for Shirley and Bojangles.
Shirley Temple was finishing a phenomenal run as the most popular actor of her day, and the most popular child actor in history. She would have eighteen more film roles, some of which were very good, but this movie marks the dividing line between Shirley Temple the phenomenally popular child star, and Shirley Temple the modestly popular adolescent and teen star. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and if you have enjoyed other Shirley Temple movies, you will enjoy this one too!
One more gripe: Why do the Shirley Temple films come in pink boxes? Can us guys enjoy these films as well?
As usual, the film features both black-and-white and colorized versions, English fake stereo, mono, and Spanish mono soundtracks, and English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include theatrical trailers.
This is a good film, just not outstanding. R.I.P., dear Shirley...
In JUST AROUND THE CORNER, Temple plays out a variation of the same story she had done so many times before. When her father (Charles Farrell) loses all his money, little Penny Hale (Temple) is pulled out of her exclusive boarding school and reunites with him in their ritzy Manhattan apartment building - where they have been forced to move from the penthouse to the basement. Instead of complaining, Penny takes positive charge of the situation and befriends an old man she believes to be "Uncle Sam".
JUST AROUND THE CORNER is the usual sparkling musical comedy which Temple did so well. The Manhattan apartment building is full of great performers (Bert Lahr as the valet, Joan Davis as the dog-walker, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson as the doorman!), and Temple gets to do a fun musical number with them called "This is a Happy Little Ditty".
Fans of Temple will really enjoy this high-spirited musical comedy, despite it's somewhat predictable nature, JUST AROUND THE CORNER is one to enjoy.
The DVD includes both B&W and computer-colourised versions of the film; the coloured version is quite good with accurate colouring and solid shadow detailing. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).
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Was as expected and arrived quickly, reasonably priced. would shop with this seller again.Published 17 months ago by katmcipet
Love this movie. Surprised it is not that popular as Shirley Temple's other movies. My dad even enjoyed it.Published 18 months ago by Missy Hamilton
a little known gem that many folks have not heard of - the title is not as familiar as some of shirley's other films, but this one too has some great songsPublished 19 months ago by Cin1
This is a great movie and I love Shirley Temple. Got this fast and the dvd was in great shape, just like they said.Published on February 24, 2013 by L. Nash
The opening looks remarkably like the Little Princess: Shirley is being taken out of her posh boarding school because her father has lost his job and his money. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
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