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Captain January (1936)

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Previously filmed as a vehicle for Baby Peggy Montgomery in 1922, Laura E. Richard's Captain January was warmed up as a Shirley Temple picture 14 years later. Temple plays Star, a child of divorce who is looked after by crusty-but-lovable lighthouse keeper Captain January (Guy Kibbee). Truant officer Agatha Morgan (Sara Haden) determines that the Captain is not providing Star with suitable surroundings or a proper education, and before long our sobbing heroine is whisked away to a boarding school. She is rescued by kindly Mr. and Mrs. Morgan (George Irving and Nella Walker), distant relatives who try to provide the girl with a decent home, but the poor child still yearns for the company of Captain January and his friends Paul (Buddy Ebsen) and Nazro (Slim Summerville). All ends happily when January and his two chums are hired as crew members on the Morgans' yacht. One of Shirley Temple's best films, Captain January would be memorable if only for her singing-dancing duet with Buddy Ebsen, "At the Codfish Ball." Thanks to a legal loophole, the film has lapsed into public domain, joining A Little Princess as the most accessible of Temple's vehicles.

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Cast

Guy Kibbee
as Captain January
Buddy Ebsen
as Paul Roberts
Sara Haden
as Agatha Morgan
Jane Darwell
as Eliza Croft
Jerry Tucker
as Cyril Morgan
Nella Walker
as Mary Mason
George Irving
as John Mason
James Farley
as Deputy Sheriff
Jim Farley
as Deputy Sheriff
John Carradine
as Local yokel
Si Jenks
as Old Sailor
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Critic Reviews for Captain January

All Critics (7)

A feel-good hokum musical-comedy cashing in on the popularity of cinema's wonder-child, Miss Curly Top, Shirley Temple.

Full Review… | February 13, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Shirley Temple feel-good classic is one of her best.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

It has a heart and a charm to it that allows the well-worn material to be forgivable.

Full Review… | July 15, 2006
DVDTalk.com

So-so Temple vehicle.

September 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Captain January

I love the old movies starring Shirley Temple. Now that I'm a grandma, I hope to enjoy the movies again with my granddaughter

Susan Rehm
Susan Rehm
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A good Shirley Temple film.

Sarah Prisbylla
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