Glad Rags to Riches (February 5, 1933)

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Shirley Temple in Glad Rags to Riches
 

Released on February 5, 1933: Nightclub star La Bell Diaperina is saved from her mean nightclub owner by her hometown farm boyfriend Elmer.

Directed by Charles Lamont

The Actors: Shirley Temple (Nell, La Belle Diaperina), Eugene Butler (nightclub owner), Lawrence Harris (policeman), Georgie Smith (Elmer), Marilyn Granas (the maid)

 

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Lullaby Lobster Palace

So Nell, a sexy nightclub singer is tired of the rat race and night life but the nasty nightclub owner will not let her out of her contract . . . did I mention that Nell is only 5 years old, and the other characters are about the same age? Yup, before we knew that kids say the darndest things, the ‘Baby Burlesque’ kids were providing laughs at the movie theater in comedy shorts like this one. Sometimes the kids career was short, like little Georgie Smith, the young fellow who plays hero 'Elmer,' the boyfriend from the farm town who comes to the big city and rescues Nell from a life of nightclub singing. Georgie's movie career was over later in 1933 at the tender age of 5 after he went home one day and told his mama that someone at the studio took a swipe at him for acting up on the set . . . Well, mama would have none of that, so Georgie's career was over after filming 'Polly Tix in Washington,' . . . but Nell, played by legendary actress Shirley Temple, went on to a long movie career followed by a career as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Ghana. Her rise to fame was so sudden and so great that two years after this movie short, in 1935 and again from 1936-1938 little Shirley Temple was a bigger box office draw than Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and every other star of those years! When Shirley Temple was six years old she was part of two 'firsts' at the annual Oscar ceremony - she was the youngest award presenter, announcing that Claudette Colbert was the winner of the 'Best Actress' award for that year, and she also won an Oscar as the first ever recipient of the best 'Juvenile' actor. I don't imagine that Gary Cooper asked many other actors for their autograph, but a year after this short was filmed, in 1934 when she had a part in his movie, "Now and Forever," Cooper introduced himself and promptly asked Shirley for her autograph! Pop a bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the legendary youngster Shirley Temple.

Shirley Temple promo stand outside the Lullabye Lobster Palace
Shirley Temple promo stand outside the Lullabye Lobster Palace
Eugene Butler and Georgie Smith
Eugene Butler and Georgie Smith
Eugene Butler and Shirley Temple
Eugene Butler and Shirley Temple
Eugene Butler
Eugene Butler
Eugene Butler
Eugene Butler
Georgie Smith and Shirley Temple
Georgie Smith and Shirley Temple
Georgie Smith as boyfriend Elmer, from back home on the farm
Georgie Smith as boyfriend Elmer, from back home on the farm
Georgie Smith and Shirley Temple
Georgie Smith and Shirley Temple
Georgie Smith
Georgie Smith
Lawrence Harris
Lawrence Harris
Marilyn Granas
Marilyn Granas
Shirley Temple singing in the nightclub
Shirley Temple singing in the nightclub
Shirley Temple puts on her lipstick
Shirley Temple puts on her lipstick
the nightclub chorus line
the nightclub chorus line