Wow. This movie is so messed up in that Freudian way. First thing Shirley Temple is this spunky little girl who's for the Confederacy, the Black servants are totally infantilized, she meets with President Lincoln (?) and she wants to marry her dad - messed up!
Holy crap! I don't know if I've ever seen such a racist movie. The way black people were depicted - as "happy darkie" slaves who can't come up with thoughts of their own and shake in their boots at the rumors of the end of slavery. More shocking than anything. Also the little girl kinda freaked me out. Especially during the "blackface" bit.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE HAS SUCH A SCREEN PRESENCE. SHE IS SO ADORABLE AND SURE KNOWS HOW TO MANIPULATE AN AUDIENCE. THIS IS A PRETTY AVERAGE TEMPLE VEHICLE, SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF A CONFEDERATE WHO HAS SPUNK AND CHARM. A VERY WELL MEANING AND ENJOYABLE FILM.