Polly Tix in Washington (June 4, 1933)
Released on June 4, 1933: Temptress Polly Tix tries to get the new Senator to change his vote on the big castor oil vote with her kisses and a big frosted cake.
Produced by Jack Hay
Directed by Charles Lamont
Written by Charles Lamont
The Actors: Shirley Temple (Polly Tix), Eugene Butler (Senator A. Clodbuster, country politician), Gloria Ann Mack (the senator's daughter), Georgie Smith (corrupt politician), Philip Hurlic (Dynamite, the senator's aide)
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Just around the corner . . .
1933 . . . the stock market crashed in 1929 and the world is in the grips of the greatest economic depression it has ever seen, and the wisest of 1933 economists and politicians do not know how to break its terrible grip. Jobs cannot be found . . . people are literally starving to death . . . charities set up bread lines and soup kitchens to prevent more starvation from those terrible days. In this short comedy a new senator goes to Washington determined to be an honest lawmaker in a time of desperation, but he is met by a corrupt senator who wants our new senator to change his vote on the castor oil bill. When the new senator refuses, the corrupt senator puts in a call to his secret weapon - sexy little Polly . . . Polly Tix . . . played by future star Shirley Temple. Polly entices the honest senator with kisses, but when he refuses to yield little Polly pulls out her secret weapon - a huge frosted cake . . . no senator could refuse cake . . . and after struggling greatly the new senator dives into the cake face first gobbling up his sweet fill of the tasty cake. Will this comedy short end with the senator going to the dark side and selling his vote for a piece of cake? Well, you'll need to watch to find out, but I will clue you in to the little unknown fellow with the black horn-rimmed glasses who is searching the room from the beginning of the story right up to the ending frames. Polly and the senator finally ask the little fellow what he is searching for and he tells them that he is looking for that elusive 'Prosperity' that President Hoover has been promising, and the kids respond with the phrase that is the most repeated phrase of the period . . . . Prosperity is just around the corner . . . it would be four more years before Napoleon Hill would publish his still-famous book revealing the secrets of prosperity from the wealthiest men in the world, and it would not be until the U.S. spent then-insane amounts of money in the early 1940's to support World War II that the U.S. economy would finally escape the grip of the Great Depression. In the last frames of the comedy you will see the director's vision of that elusive prosperity corner. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy this comedic slice of history from 1933.
Eugene Butler and Georgie Smith
Eugene Butler and Shirley Templer
Eugene Butler and Shirley Temple
Gloria Ann Mack
Gloria Ann Mack and Shirley Temple
Gloria Ann Mack
Gloria Ann Mack
Philip Hurlic and Eugene Butler
Shirley Temple and Georgie Smith
Shirley Temple kisses Eugene Butler
Shirley Temple polishes her fingernails
Shirley Temple on the phone
Shirley Temple woos Eugene Butler