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Bright Eyes (1934)

Bright Eyes (1934)




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Despite stiff competition like Poor Little Rich Girl and Heidi, Bright Eyes is arguably the best of Shirley Temple's 1930s vehicles. The little curly-top is cast as Shirley Blake, daughter of Mary Blake (Lois Wilson), the widowed housemaid of snooty J. Wellington and Anita Smythe (Theodore Von Eltz and Dorothy Christy). Though continually terrorized by the Smythe's obnoxious, doll-destroying daughter Joy (Jane Withers), Shirley finds comfort in the fact that she is the darling of the airplane-pilot buddies of her late father. Especially fond of our heroine is flyboy Loop Merritt, who arranges a birthday party for the girl. Alas, even as Shirley sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop" to a gathering of beaming airmen, her mother Mary is run over by a car while shopping for her daughter's birthday cake. It thus becomes Loop's painful duty to tell Shirley that her mother "cracked up," just like her father did (if this scene doesn't move the viewer to tears, the viewer is made of granite). Fortunately, the Smythe's irascible Uncle Ned takes a liking to Shirley, securing her financial future at the expense of his repulsive relatives. But before this happy ending can come about, Shirley must be rescued from an imperiled passenger plane by the resourceful Loop. Though Shirley Temple is inarguably the main drawing card in Bright Eyes, 9-year-old Jane Withers is equally terrific as the pint-sized "villainess"; indeed, some critics felt that Withers stole the show, and it was this as much as anything else that earned Withers her own starring series at 20th Century-Fox.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Shirley Temple
as Shirley Blake
James Dunn
as Loop Merritt
Judith Allen
as Adele Martin
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Higgins
Lois Wilson
as Mary Blake
Charles Sellon
as Uncle Ned Smith
Jane Withers
as Joy Smythe
Theodore von Eltz
as J. Wellington Smythe
Dorothy Christy
as Anita Smythe
Brandon Hurst
as Higgins
George Irving
as Judge Thompson
Earl Foxe
as Bond Man
Paul McVey
as Attorney
Frank Moran
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Bright Eyes

All Critics (10)

The first movie Shirley Temple got top billing.

Full Review… | July 12, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This "Good Ship Lollipop" is sweet, but sad, too.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

One of Shirley Temple's best musicals, laced with sentiment and song.

January 10, 2009

Shirley really shines.

June 23, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

The ne plus ultra of Templedom.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

you can see here why Shirley became the idol of a nation

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Bright Eyes


This is the first Shirley Temple movie that I have actually taken the time to view in its entirety, but I was surprisingly unimpressed. Shirley may be cute at times, but it really wears off quickly to the point where she becomes annoying. (First and only viewing - 3/12/2014)

Adam R
Adam R

Unless you like shirley Temple, this film is a waste of your time, as it's just like most of her other films as a child.

Jessica Harris
Jessica Harris

Shirley Temple's greatest movie! It has everything I love: an ironic and loveable ending,a dark scene,and drama! The only reason it didn't get the full is because of how they let Shirley down. It's too sad! Overall,awesome!

Kendall Irwin
Kendall Irwin

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