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.
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- David Butler
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it