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