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Barry Soap Girls & Neon Sign, "Poor Little Rich Girl" 1936

Colorized treatment of the popular Depression-era musical film, "Poor Little Rich Girl," which starred popular curly-haired child actress, singer, and dancer Shirley Temple (April 23, 1928 - February 10, 2014). Co-stars included Alice Faye (May 5, 1912 - May 9, 1998), Jack Haley (August 10, 1897 - June 6, 1979), Gloria Stuart (July 4, 1910 - September 26, 2010), Michael Whalen (June 30, 1902 - April 14, 1974), and Claude Gillingwater (August 2, 1870 - November 2, 1939). Jane Darwell, Henry Armetta, Tyler Brooke, Arthur Hoyt, Mathilde Comont, Paul Stanton, and Sara Haden were also in the cast. Irving Cummings directed the film.

 

Gloria Stuart, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as elderly Rose in the 1997 blockbuster film, "Titanic," co-starred with Temple two years later in the 1938 film "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm."

 

Synopsis of film, via IMDb:

The daughter of a wealthy businessman becomes lost in the city while traveling to a new school, and is taken in by a pair of down-on-their-luck performers.

 

A bit more film trivia, via IMDb:

One of many films starring Shirley Temple which were remakes of box-office hits starring Mary Pickford during the silent era. Known as "America's Sweetheart" and the "Girl with the Curls," Pickford's earlier successes included The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917), and The Little Princess (1917). In addition to re-purposing Pickford's films as vehicles for Temple, studio publicists re-used Pickford's persona and nicknames as a model for crafting Temple's own image as a Hollywood starlet.

 

According to an article by Frederick Othman from January 10, 1940, this film marked a major break for Geneva Sawyer who was working as a dancer in this film. Bill Robinson noticed her ability and recommended her as a dance teacher for Shirley Temple. Sawyer went on to become a prominent choreographer and dance instructor to the stars in Hollywood.

 

Shirley Temple lost her first baby tooth while filming this movie.

 

The precision tap dance performed by Jack Haley, Alice Faye and Shirley Temple required endless takes. Although Haley, Faye and Temple were all excellent tap dancers, they found it extremely difficult to stay in sync for such a long and complicated number.

 

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