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Shirley Temple – America’s Sweetheart Collection – Volume Six (Stowaway/Wee Willie Winkie/Young People/Fox DVD Box Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Films: C+



Fox’s definitive unspooling of their many classic Shirley Temple films continues into a sixth box set on DVD, this time with films from the late 1930s as she was starting to grow up.


Stowaway (1936) has Temple playing a Chinese orphan named Ching-Ching (!!!) when a travelling American businessman (Robert Young, later of Father Knows Best) finds her asleep in his cabin on the way back to San Francisco, U.S.A. and suddenly, she is in the land of opportunity.  Can she get him together with Alice Faye?  Eugene Pallette and Arthur Treacher also star.


Wee Willie Winkie (1937) was directed by no less than John Ford, based on a Rudyard Kipling book and Temple as a young girl with her mother making a passage to India, finding Cesar Romero and other adventures in this big production showcase as Temple continued to be a big box office star for the studio.


Young People (1940) became Temple’s final film under contract to Fox, directed by the ever-capable Allan Dwan, as Temple’s character becomes involved with a show biz couple on tour in this family-friendly backstage musical that ends her classic run at the studio on a high note.  It also rounds out this set nicely.



The 1.33 X 1 black and white image on all three films looks good for their age and though Winkie has a bonus version that restores the tinted colors in certain prints issued.  In most cases, I always thought of this as a novelty and gimmick, even in the silent film era and except for a few interesting moments, everything is in sepia color except some nighttime footage in green.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Mono mixes are about the same in all cases, sounding as limited as you would expect for films this age, but Fox has restored them pretty well.  The few extras


For more on Temple at Fox, try the links for some of the previous volumes we looked at:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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