40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2006
I love this box set! especially 'poor little rich girl' and 'captain january' which contains amazing dance ruotines. in Stowaway she sing the famous 'you've gotta S-M-I-L-e' all the movies are colorized, i find that a little annoying because the movies were meant to be in black and white. but all in all a great box set every shirley temple fan should have.
82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2006
Oh, why do they do this?!! These five wonderful family films, starring one of the most intelligent, charismatic and genuinely talented child actors of all time, are presented in this beautiful box set at a very reasonable price. There's just one problem. Some genius and genuine lover of film thought it would be a great idea to colourise them. And so we are presented with garish, ugly-looking contortions instead of authentic black-and-white classics. Colourisation of black-and-white movies is an idiotic and justly controversial trend that serves no purpose and has haunted cineastes for more than twenty years - Orson Welles once stated that if he had one say over the future fate of his movies, it would be to keep media moguls (his example specifically being Ted Turner) and their 'goddamn crayons' away from his films. Couldn't agree more, Orson! (My advice is, of course, to stay well away from this boxset - the films are available individually at a somewhat more expensive price, but at least these are in the original black-and-white and true to the director's vision).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2014
I remember as a child what great fun it was to watch this little girl light up the TV screen with all her songs and her enigmatic presence on screen ..I wanted to be just like her ..flashing my cute smile and singing out to my hearts content ..things haven't changed abit even as an adult ..brill buy xx
on 5 May 2015
Having bought this set of Shirley Temple films, it seems these are not all her best films, and that they are all sold in varied sets and collections or singly, so I may buy one or two of her better known movies as well. However, I thoroughly enjoyed them all, even the poorer outings - her star quality as a 6 and 8 year old simply riveted the audience to the screen as she won every scene. As to colourisation, I do not agree with it at all - but its simple to turn down the colour setting on my tv.
Heidi is a reasonably faithful rendering of the book (which I recently read) depicting the daughter foisted on the alpine grandfather and charming him, then being whipped away against her will to act as companion to a little ill girl of a rich city man. Heidi and Shirley, of course, win over all obstacles against unhappiness (as she does in most of her films). Sets and characters make a good effort to resemble Switzerland and alpine places, the story is charmingly told by all, until the last ten minutes when a fearful chase has been crudely tacked onto the film.
Captain January is not so good. Shirley is a shipwreck waif looked after by the Captain in his lighthouse, and she charms the lives of all the old sailors in the village, but society demands she be found her real family. The plot is simple, and though the adult cast do their best with it, plot is abandoned in the last 15 minutes. There is a fine song and dance with Buddy Ebsen.
Our Little Girl is a drama of separating parents leaving a little girl in the middle, an ideal vehicle for Temple, though I do not recall much in the way of song and dance.
Stowaway is much better fare, with excellent production values, star names and good songs. Shirley plays Ching Ching, an orphan of missionary parents, who are killed, and who then accidentally gets stowed away on Robert Young's car when he ships on to Shanghai. On the ship as well is Alice Faye, who wonders whether to marry her longtime boyfriend (with mother-in-law attached). Shirley sorts them out. Much charm in her part is from her use of Mandarin phrases and of Chinese sayings. The star shines brightly in several numbers, including "You've got to S M I L E," the spurious but utterly charming "What I want for Christmas" and several impressions of Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson and Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire (together!).
In Poor Little Rich Girl, Shirley is daughter to a Soap-King and suffocated in a posh home, but takes a chance to escape and see real life, entering the home of stage performers the Dolans, who she helps get a radio contract for a rival Soap company. Well, there's the plot, you can work out the rest, but this is one of the best of her films, and she steals most of the scenes, as well as singing several songs. I have just finished watching this film, and I must say it is remarkable watching this 8yr old, how completely in control of each scene she was - a genuine prodigy, as they say. I shall, however, be purchasing several other single films as well to complement this set.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2009
Bought this as a present for someone and were they delighted! I had looked for Shirley Temple movies elswhere and had come up a blank... the person already had a set of her earlier movies so it was great to get these 'later movies' as one set... from what I have heard the quality is good and the content is very funny... for the Shirley Temple fans or friends of fans, this makes a great present...