Shirley Temple took dance lessons at the age of three at Meglin's Dance School in Los Angeles and was spotted by Charles Lamont a casting director from Educational Pictures. Although Shirley hid behind a piano whilst in the studio Lamont took a shine to Shirley invited her to audition and subsequently signed her to a contract. Educational Pictures were just about to launch their series of Baby Burlesks a series of short films that satirized recent films and political events with pre-school children in every role. Since the children were dressed as adults and given... mature dialogue the entire series was eventually seen as dated and exploitive although not before they had made a major star out of Shirley Temple. Shirley would go on to appear in many full length feature films further enhancing her reputation but the original shorts featured here and in a second volume illustrate perfectly why she was the biggest child star of the 1930s. Set Comprises: War Babies: Charmaine is entertaining soldiers at a bar but two will eventually become rivals for her. Kid 'In' Africa: Madam Cradlebait comes face to face with a tribe of cannibals. Dora's Dunking Donuts: Schoolteacher Andy Clyde helps his friend Dora by getting his students to help him to make a radio commercial for her store. Pardon My Pups: Mary Lou's older brother Sonny is hoping to get a motorcycle for his birthday but father has different ideas - a dog that the father can take hunting! Shirley Temple Weds: A brief report on Shirley Temple's first marriage to soldier turned actor John Agar in 1945. [show more]
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