Just Around the Corner

1938 G 1h 10m DVD

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Just Around the Corner

1938 G 1h 10m DVD
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Convinced that an Uncle Sam look-alike (Claude Gillingwater Sr.) can end the Great Depression, a precocious young girl (Shirley Temple) charms him into giving her once-prosperous father (Charles Farrell) a job. Bert Lahr (The Wizard of Oz) and the legendary Bill "Bojangles" Robinson co-star in this musical tug of the heartstrings with a sweet-but-improbable plotline. The film was one of Temple's final performances as a child star.
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 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
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age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Just Around the Corner is an old-fashioned, feel-good Shirley Temple movie (with music and dancing) about a little girl who is an uplifting force-of-nature, making everyone around her happy and more optimistic. It takes place during the American Depression in New York City; most of the rich people are portrayed as snooty and uncaring; the poor work hard and make the best of a bad situation. Expect a couple of cartoon pratfalls -- an uptight villain is sent down a laundry chute, a brief brawl between poor street kids, and a scene showing police with guns. The only non-white characters in the film (as was typical in a movie made in 1938) are African-American dancing doormen.

Sexual Content

One kiss.


Comic action only. A short fight and wrestling match between two gangs of kids. The children play cops and robbers and a little girl wields a toy rifle. The movie's bad guy -- a fussbudget apartment manager -- is tossed into a laundry chute. Police sent to thwart a benefit musical performances carry guns.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

A positive attitude, hard work, and determination can work miracles. The ever-optimistic Shirley Temple character speaks for children of any era when she asks simple, but profound questions: "Why can't people be nice to other people?" and "Why is everything mixed up?" A leading character's firm and unchallenged definition of a banker is "someone who keeps things that belong to other people."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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