Captain January (1936)

G   |    |  Comedy, Family, Musical


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A little girl named Star lives with a lighthouse keeper who rescued her when her parents drowned. A truant officer decides she should go to boarding school but she's rescued by relatives.


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  • Shirley Temple in Captain January (1936)
  • Shirley Temple and Slim Summerville in Captain January (1936)
  • Shirley Temple and Guy Kibbee in Captain January (1936)
  • Shirley Temple and Guy Kibbee in Captain January (1936)
  • Shirley Temple and Guy Kibbee in Captain January (1936)
  • Shirley Temple in Captain January (1936)

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28 April 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
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| Typical Temple Movie - Which Means Feel-Good Fun
Here's another "cute" Shirley Temple movie with interesting characters and a decent share of good song-and-dance numbers. The story is similar to a few other Temple films in which a nasty person takes Shirley away from the good people but the good guys prevail in the end. It was a tried-and-true formula in the Temple movies.

Here, the "villain" is truant officer (Sara Haden) who wants to take Shirley away from good guy "Captain January" (Guy Kibbe). Kibbe and Slim Summerville are fun to watch as peers and friends who squabble all the time. Haden is effective in her role because you just want to slap that woman!

Shirley and Buddy Ebsen team up for a very entertaining song-and-dance routine to "The Codfish Ball," the best song in the movie.

The film gets a bit uncomfortable when Shirley gets taken away but ends in the normal tearfully-happy Shirley, as always, back with her loved ones and the people who really care about her. Those include the "widow" played by Jane Darwell and the school teacher, acted by June Lang.

All in all, it's the normal Temple movie that provides good feelings, something we viewers always need.

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