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Shirley Temple – Legends Series (Mill Creek Entertainment)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Films/Shorts: C+



Mill Creek has recently upgraded its Shirley Temple title Shirley Temple – Smiles & Curls Collection that we previously reviewed, as you can see at this link:





Going from two to four DVDs, The first DVD includes the mixed B-movie Western Law of Vengeance (1933) with Randolph Scott, The Little Princess and a nicely made Mystery film called The Red-Haired Alibi (1932) marking Temple’s debut at Indie and would-be contender Tower Films, while DVD 2 has:


1)     Dora’s Dunking Donuts

2)     Glad Rags To Riches

3)     Kid In Africa

4)     Kid In Hollywood

5)     Managed Money

6)     Merrily Yours

7)     Pardon My Pups

8)     Pie Covered Wagon

9)     Polly Tix In Washington (the ‘hooker’ short)

10)  War Wagon



The new DVD 3 has the 1939 Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939 and not a bad film) and four shorts (What’s To Do (1932), Bear Shooters, Our Gang Follies of 1938 and Waldo’s Last Stand (all 1938), while DVD 4 adds A Boy, A Girl & A Dog (1946), Miracle On 34th Street (1947 in public domain here, but Fox has a better copy we reviewed elsewhere on this site), Mickey (1948) and The Green Promise (1949).  Though nice to have more titles, the overall average quality is not an improvement, though this is now the preferred set.  But Temple fans will snag it just the same.


Like so many shorts from the 1932-4 period, the quality is especially problematic.  However, the 1.33 X 1 black and white image on the features are better, if not perfect.  Little Princess has pale color, Law is fuzzier than one would like and Alibi may be soft, but it is the best looking of the bunch across the two discs.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is often weak and noisy, usually match the pluses and minuses of the image.  Some may include the shorts as extras, but we will not.  If we did, it would be the same rating anyhow.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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