Captain January

1936 G 1h 15m DVD

Captain January

1936 G 1h 15m DVD
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Shirley Temple sparkles in this musical comedy about an orphan who fights to remain with her beloved guardian, a kind old lighthouse keeper, when authorities get wind of the girl's living situation. Star (Temple) lives happily with Capt. January (Guy Kibbee), but her life takes an unexpected turn when beastly truant officer Agatha Morgan (Sara Haden) decides Star should be removed from the captain's home and placed in a boarding school.
Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Slim Summerville, Buddy Ebsen, Sara Haden, Jane Darwell, June Lang, Jerry Tucker
David Butler
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this black-and-white Shirley Temple musical includes a sequence in which little Star is forcibly taken from "Cap," the self-assigned guardian who has raised her since infancy. It's a sad moment, but is resolved soon afterward. In addition, there is an early brief mention of death in which Star asks Cap, "Does everyone have to die?" and "Will I die, too?" His answers are vague enough and gentle enough to be both satisfying and comforting to the child.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


There is one wrenching moment when a sheriff physically removes a little girl from the arms of her beloved guardian. There's a mild scuffle as Cap tries to prevent it. In cartoon fashion, on separate occasions, the villainous truant officer is kicked in the rear, has her toe purposefully stepped on, and falls.


Lots of exaggerated insults tossed back and forth between two feisty elderly men who are good friends: "sea cow," "river rat," "son-of-a-sea-slug," "dumbbell," "lopsided old swab," "blubberhead," "albatross."

Social Behavior

No material possessions can provide the joy of having "the right someone" to love and care for. Having a sunny disposition and being a good person are to be admired. Good people win and happy endings are possible.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Two elderly gents drink "cider" from mugs to celebrate.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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