Just Around the Corner (1938)

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Just Around the Corner is the film in which little Shirley Temple ends the Depression all by herself! The story starts realistically enough, with 10-year-old Penny Hale (Temple) sharing a basement apartment with her widowed father Jeff (Charles Farrell, in his final Fox film). Once a prosperous architect, Jeff has been working as a hotel janitor-engineer ever since the Wall Street Crash. Ordered by pompous hotel concierge Waters (Franklin Pangborn) to keep her place, Penny nonetheless has fun wandering the lobbies of the posh establishment under the watchful and protective eyes of her friends, Kitty the maid (Joan Davis), Gus the chauffeur (Bert Lahr) and Corporal Jones the doorman (Bill Robinson). Having been told by her dad that the only person who can pull the country out of the Depression is Uncle Sam, Penny becomes convinced that goateed billionaire tycoon S. G. Henshaw (Claude Gillingwater Sr.) is Uncle Sam come to life. Charming her way into the heart of the irascible Henshaw, Penny convinces him to help the economy get started again. Not only does Uncle Sam accomplish this by creating thousands of new jobs, but he also manages to give Penny's father Jeff a new start in life, much to the delight of Jeff's sweetheart Lola (Amanda Duff). The film's highlights are Shirley Temple's always-delightul dance duets with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson; less easy to take when seen today is the closing "Buttons and Epaulets" production number, performed by a chorus of servile blacks. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating: G
Genre: Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: Irving Cummings
Written By: Ethel Hill , Darrell Ware , J.P. McEvoy
In Theaters: wide
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Charles Farrell
as Jeff Hale
Claude Gillingwater
as Samuel G. Henshaw
Cora Witherspoon
as Aunt Julia Ramsby
Bennie Bartlett
as Milton Ramsby
Hal K. Dawson
as Reporter
Charles Williams
as Candid Cameraman
Eddie Conrad
as French Tutor
J. Anthony Hughes
as Henshaw Assistants
Charles Anthony Hughes
as Henshaw's Assistant
Orville Caldwell
as Henshaw's Assistant
Bill Robinson
as Corporal Jones
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All Critics (2)

Light-hearted Shirley Temple fairy tale set in Depression.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
Common Sense Media

The tepid melodrama doesn't work, but there's charm in perky Shirley's performance and her bouncy musical numbers with Bill Robinson.

Full Review… | May 30, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Just Around the Corner

Not one of Shirley Temple's best, but it is still entertaining and enjoyable. The musical numbers for the most part are not very memorable, but the "Walk in the Rain" number is great.

James Higgins
James Higgins

This was one of the more mediocre Shirley Temple movies.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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