Curly Top


Curly Top

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This adaptation of the oft-filmed Jean Webster novel Daddy Long Legs has been tailored to the talents of Shirley Temple. The orphaned daughter of vaudeville entertainers, Elizabeth Blair (Temple) is the most precocious charge at super-strict Lakeside Orphanage, regularly disrupting protocol with her extemporaneous performance of such songs as "Animal Crackers in My Soup" at the dinner table. While paying a visit to the orphanage, wealthy trustee Edward Morgan (John Boles) is enchanted by cute little Elizabeth -- and even more so by the girls more mature sister Mary (Rochelle Hudson). He secretly arranges for the sisters' release from the institution, sets them up in a lavish mansion, and finances their education. When Mary almost falls in love with another man, it is miss-fixit Elizabeth who brings Mary and Edward together, capping this bit of cupidity with her trademarked exclamation "Oh, my goo'ness!" The first Shirley Temple vehicle specifically aimed at children, Curly Top contains some wonderful character bits from its adult cast, notably Etienne Girardot, Rafaela Ottiano and Jane Darwell as the orphanage officials and by Arthur Treacher and Billy Gilbert as the hero's household servants.


Shirley Temple
as Elizabeth Blair
Rochelle Hudson
as Mary Blair
John Boles
as Edward Morgan
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Denham
Rafaela Ottiano
as Mrs. Higgins
Esther Dale
as Aunt Genevieve Graham
Etienne Girardot
as Mr. Weckoff
Maurice Murphy
as Jimmie Rogers
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Critic Reviews for Curly Top

All Critics (3) | Fresh (3)

  • Admirers of the screen's first child wonder will dote on Curly Top. People who find that all child performances on the screen, even Temple performances, stir up the wicked old Herod in them, had better stay away.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Temple] has great charm and a phenomenal ease which permit her to dominate even such an absurd situation and stupid dialogue as are forced on her in her latest picture, Curly Top.

    Jun 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Curly Top

  • Jun 02, 2008
    I watched this a bunch of times as a kid. Shirley Temple is pretty adorable as a spunky orphan.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2007
    Not my favorite, but definately enjoyable.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2007
    This movie is older than I am but I love the tap dancing scenes.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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