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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

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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Quotes from

Joy Smythe: Let's play hospital. I'll be the doctor, and you'll be the nurse. We'll get a big knife out of the kitchen and operate on your doll.
Shirley Blake: I don't want Mary Lou to be operated on.
Joy Smythe: I don't care. You have to play the way I want to.
Shirley Blake: I don't, either.
Joy Smythe: Yes, you do because this is my house and my yard and you're nothing but an old charity.
Shirley Blake: I am not!
Joy Smythe: Yes, you are because I heard my papa tell my mama so.

Uncle Ned Smith: We showed her, didn't we?
Shirley Blake: We sure did. Thanks, Mr. Smith. I like you.
Uncle Ned Smith: Then you're the only one around here that does. They don't like me, and I don't like them, either.

Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins: It's just a bit of a Christmas gift for Shirley.
Mary Blake: You're so kind. I bought a few things for her, not very much of course. Things were different when her father was alive.
Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins: Yes, the poor young fellow. But it must be a comfort to know you're doing all you can for her. She's such a sweet child. Not like that Joy. There's a brat if ever one lived.

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Facts about

The photo shown of Shirley's dead father is that of Dale Van Sickel.
While filming the scene in which James Dunn and Shirley Temple bail out of an airplane during a storm, someone entered the sound stage through an air-tight door. The wind and rain machines vacuumed toward this opening, sucking Dunn and Temple's parachute with it. The two were dragged across the floor and crashed into collapsed chairs.
Shirley Temple was presented with the first Academy Award ever given to a child for her role as Shirley Blake. She was then the youngest person to ever be listed in Who's Who, and was also the youngest person to ever be spotlighted on the cover of TIME Magazine.
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