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Dimples (1936)

Approved | | Family, Musical | 16 October 1936 (USA)
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Dimples Appleby lives with the pick-pocket grandfather in 19th century New York City. She entertains the crowds while he works his racket. A rich lady makes it possible for the girl to go legit. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is performed.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Arthur Sheekman (screen play), Nat Perrin (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Dimples Appleby
Frank Morgan ... Prof. Eustace Appleby
Robert Kent ... Allen Drew
Helen Westley ... Mrs. Caroline Drew
Stepin Fetchit ... Cicero
Astrid Allwyn ... Cleo Marsh
Brook Byron ... Betty Loring (as Delma Byron)
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Choir (as The Hall Johnson Choir)
Berton Churchill ... Col. Loring
Paul Stanton ... Mr. St. Clair
Julius Tannen ... Hawkins
John Carradine ... Richards
Billy McClain Billy McClain ... Rufus
Jack Rube Clifford Jack Rube Clifford ... Uncle Tom (as Jack Clifford)
Betty Jean Hainey Betty Jean Hainey ... Topsy
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Storyline

Dimples is a busker - a street entertainer, and lives in mid-19th century New York City's Bowery with her kindhearted but pickpocketing Grandfather, Prof. Eustace Appleby. Dimples is a talented child and is hired to perform at a party in the home of Mrs. Caroline Drew, an elderly widow living in Washington Square. Dimples delights the gathering and charms not only the elderly mistress of the house but her nephew Allen as well, a theatrical producer betrothed to a lovely society belle. Allen engages Dimples to perform the role of Little Eva in his production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" while Mrs. Drew makes it possible for Dimples to remain in her genteel home and enjoy its benefits. Various complications ensue and Dimples bravely makes the decision to sacrifice her happiness to return to her slum dwelling Grandfather. Mrs. Drew traces Dimples's whereabouts and convinces Prof. Appleby that his lovely granddaughter deserves something better than a life of poverty and crime in the Bowery. The... Written by eamon

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Genres:

Family | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bowery Princess See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two lines in the end cast list credits are subject to two different interpretations: "Children's Band ... Leonard Kibrick" and "Walter and George Weidler." The IMDb cast lists three actors: Leonard Kibrick Warner, Walter Weidler and George Weidler. However, The AFI Catalogue lists four actors: Leonard Kibrick, Warner Weidler, Walter Weidler and George Weidler. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in the early 1850s. Towards the end, in a scene set in a theater, the producer announces to the audience that "a new form of entertainment has come from the South," and he would like to be the first to present it in New York City. We then see a minstrel show. But by that time minstrel shows had been staged in New York for a decade, since the Virginia Minstrels performed at the New York Bowery Amphitheatre in 1843. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Caroline Drew: Professor, your granddaughter is a remarkable child, an appealing child. As briefly as I've known her, I've become very fond of her.
Prof. Eustace Appleby: That's easy to see, Mrs. Drew, and easy to understand, too.
Mrs. Caroline Drew: In fact, I'm so fond of her, I want to propose something to you, something for her good. I'm going to ask you to let her come and live with me and let me do all I can for her.
Prof. Eustace Appleby: You mean I - I should give Dimples up?
Mrs. Caroline Drew: This sort of life isn't what a child should have. You know that. For all your love and ...
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bamboozled (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Winner
Played during the watch swindle
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What a charming musical!
28 June 2001 | by smaniaciSee all my reviews

What a charming musical! Shirley Temple is absolutely adorable. I love when she sings "Get on Board" as Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her character is dressed in white. I love plenty of song and dance. It does not make me tired at all. What it does, is make me so very happy. The title alone, Dimples, is very charming. Shirley Temple herself as a child has had what the title says. That was for quite a long time. I have been very glad of that. It is a very old movie, but then again I like old ones. Whatever age you are, it is a must that you like good movies. This especially holds true for most of Temple's films. They are absolutely irresistible. Maybe someday I'll put on a song-and-dance myself. Who knows? The number "Miss Dixie-Anna" at the end makes it a great movie. Would I dare to say anything else about the ending? I really don't know for sure. No one wants to know that in advance. They want to see for themselves, thank you. Please let everyone enjoy this really good vehicle of Little Miss Temple.


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