Curly Top (1935)





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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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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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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Audience Reviews for Curly Top

Shirley Temple really is America's sweetheart! This movie's a classic tale about an orphan wanting to be different. WIth such catchy songs as "Animal Crackers In My Soup",and "When I Grow Up",it's no wonder everyone sings along! With her classic sweetheart humor and catchphrase,this movie will have YOU saying, "Oh my goodness!"

Kendall Irwin
Kendall Irwin

Despite the many naysayers, this remains my favorite Shirley Temple film. A sweet simple romance that boasts some of Shirley's best songs including "Animal Crackers in My Soup" and "When I Grow Up." Shirley's exuberance, spunk, and sweetness is as natural as her boundless talent. In addition, Boles and Hudson possess undeniable chemiistry. This movie flows fluidly from song to song and scene to scene. While I enjoy conflict/angst in dramatic films every now and then, it is refreshing to embrace cheerfulness. Based on one of my favorite novels (Jean Webster's beloved classic) Daddy Long Legs, this cinematic gem remains true to the heart of Webster's novel, although it is an obvious vehicle for Shirley. The only negative part of this film is that it didn't last nearly long enough. I do wish the romance entailed more "chase." Of course, that is just my "romantic" heart. I would highly recommend this film to everyone! It will put a smile in your face and leave a song in your heart. You'll be humming the tunes for weeks! Curly Top is an unforgettable, addictive viewing experience with a superb moral message and heartfelt romance! I love everything about it!

Happy Fenton
Happy Fenton

I watched this a bunch of times as a kid. Shirley Temple is pretty adorable as a spunky orphan.

Sunil Jawahir
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