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Bright Eyes (1934) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by David Butler and produced by Sol M. Wurtzel.

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The Charles Sellon Film Festival: "Bright Eyes" and "It's a Gift"

By David on Aug 13, 2015 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

"Bah!" Of all the actors and actresses who appeared in 1930s films, Charles Sellon (1870-1937) was certainly one of them. A native of Boston, Sellon made his stage debut in 1901 and his film debut in 1923. He was rarely the lead; skinny and with a long face, with a mouth usually in a frown or scow... Read full article


The Charles Sellon Film Festival: "Bright Eyes" and "It's a Gift"

By David on Aug 13, 2015 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

"Bah!" Of all the actors and actresses who appeared in 1930s films, Charles Sellon (1870-1937) was certainly one of them. A native of Boston, Sellon made his stage debut in 1901 and his film debut in 1923. He was rarely the lead; skinny and with a long face, with a mouth usually in a frown or scow... Read full article


Bright Eyes

on Jul 9, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

When I spoke to Jane Withers last May she talked quite a bit about filming Bright Eyes and her struggles working with Shirley Temple. I hated to admit to her that I hadn’t seen the finished product, and she, of course, urged me to get to it! ?I doubt Jane is reading, but if she is, I finally w... Read full article


Farewell Bright Eyes: Shirley Temple Black (1928 - 2014)

By Vanessa Buttino on Feb 13, 2014 From Stardust

Farewell Bright Eyes: Shirley Temple Black (1928 - 2014) Shirley Temple circa the 1930s, fifty-two curls and all! Would you be surprised if I told you this was the third crack I've taken at writing this post? See, this is what happens when one of my absolute favourite classic film stars d... Read full article


Bright Eyes (1934)

By Beatrice on Apr 7, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Bright Eyes Directed by David Butler 1934/USA Fox Film Corporation First viewing?? Shirley Blake: Oh, it’s so pretty. Thank you, Loop. Little Shirley (Shirley Temple) loves to spend time at the airport with her buddy Loop (James Dunn), a pilot who was the friend of her late father. ?Shirle... Read full article


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Anita Smythe: I don't approve of all these telephone calls, Mary.
Mary Blake: I'm sorry.
Anita Smythe: And I don't approve of all these aviators who keep coming here to see your little girl.
Mary Blake: She's sort of a pet with them. They all knew her father.
Anita Smythe: I know that, but I really can't have it. It isn't everyone who'd engage a maid with a small child. I have no fault to find with your work, but if you want to stay on with us, you'll have to correct these things.


Mary Blake: It's so wonderful of you boys to give Shirley her Christmas party.
James 'Loop' Merritt: We're getting a big kick out of it ourselves.
Mary Blake: She'll be so surprised. She doesn't expect much, you know.
James 'Loop' Merritt: You get her down to the airport as early in the morning as you can.
Mary Blake: I may not be able to come with her, but I'll be down just as soon as I can get away.


Uncle Ned Smith: Now listen to me, you two. I want you to understand just one thing. If you ever expect to get anything out of me, you're going to be human enough and decent enough to take Shirley into this house to live. I'll pay for her board and her clothes.
J. Wellington Smythe: Why, Uncle Ned, that won't be necessary.
Anita Smythe: Well, naturally. We had no idea you felt this way about the child.
Uncle Ned Smith: Well, I do. If you don't want her here, I guess I can find some other place for her. And I guess I can find another place for me, too!


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Director David Butler wrote the story based on an incident that happened in his childhood. His parents had advertised for a live-in maid, and a woman answered the ad who had just arrived from Scotland. She had a little girl and was separated from her husband - an unusual circumstance at the time - and said she wouldn't take the job unless her daughter was allowed to live in the house with her, also an unusual circumstance at the time. Butler's parents agreed, and the woman and her daughter moved in with the family.
Terry (Rags) is the same dog that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz.
The photo shown of Shirley's dead father is that of Dale Van Sickel.
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