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The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America Kindle Edition
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This book is neither a biography nor filmography but, as possessing elements of both, is a historic record of an era, with the first chapter setting the stage, contrasting the gloomy Herbert Hoover who preceded the optimistic Franklin D. Roosevelt into the White House. Around the same time the curly haired youngster found her way into the movies: both turned on their bright sides and started lifting the mood of the nation.
She won over cinemagoers with her instant charisma and joie de vivre, in movies that saw her sorting out peoples’ problems, righting wrongs and winning over the most crusty of persons. She abounded in talent, possessing a natural screen presence alongside her singing and dancing skills. Besides an overview of her films, author John F. Kasson also details the offshoot effects: Shirley Temple was probably the first movie star to gain real celebrity status – certainly the youngest – and the subject of major marketing campaigns, though probably not to the pleasure of many cash restricted families. The author also provides an insight into Hollywood’s dream factories (her popularity saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy); contracts and earnings; her mother Gertrude’s control of her daughter’s career and her father George’s often unwise investments; racism that reared its head when she featured alongside much acclaimed tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson; a childhood that was virtually deprived of childhood pursuits; and the fading of her movie career towards the end of decade.
In spite of an adoring public, Shirley Temple also had her critics, none more so than English author Graham Greene whose comments about her “sublimated erotic appeal to middle aged men” resulted him in court and costly damages. Sadly such innocence hardly exists these days. Could that be a reason that Shirley Temple’s movies don’t get tv screenings or are they just a relic of a bygone era? A thought to ponder while reading this highly recommended book about an incredible youngster who affected the lives of millions.
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