Thursday, February 20, 2014

What are the best Shirley Temple movies? What are the greatest Shirley Temple roles of all time?

Hist of the best Shirley Temple movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available.

Shirley Temple's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Shirley Temple movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Shirley Temple movies will be at the top of the list. Shirley Temple has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Shirley Temple movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Shirley Temple films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Shirley Temple role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Shirley Temple performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. The list you're viewing is made up of many different items, including Fort Apache and Heidi.

Heidi


Heidi is a 1937 American dramatic film directed by Allan Dwan. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Walter Ferris was based on the 1880 children's story of the same name by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. The film is about an orphan named Heidi (Temple) who is taken from her grandfather (Hersholt) to live as a companion to Klara, a spoiled, crippled girl (Jones). The film was a success and Temple enjoyed her third year.


A Little Princess


The Little Princess is a 1939 American drama film directed by Walter Lang. The screenplay by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris is based on the novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The film was the first Shirley Temple movie to be filmed completely in Technicolor. It was also her last major success as a child star at 20th Century Fox, and remains one of her most well-known films.


The Littlest Rebel



The Littlest Rebel is a 1935 American dramatic film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by Edwin J. Burke was adapted from a play of the same name by Edward Peple and focuses on the tribulations of a plantation-owning family during the American Civil War. The film stars John Boles, Karen Morley, and Shirley Temple as the plantation family and Bill Robinson as their slave with Jack Holt as a Union officer.

Curly Top



Curly Top (1935) is an American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Patterson McNutt and Arthur J. Beckhard focuses on the adoption of a young orphan (Shirley Temple) by a wealthy bachelor (John Boles) and his romantic attraction to her older sister (Rochelle Hudson).


Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm


Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a 1938 American musical film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, and Bill Robinson. The screenplay by Don Ettlinger and Karl Tunberg is loosely based on Kate Douglas Wiggin's novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. The film tells the story of a talented orphan's trials and tribulations after winning a radio audition to represent a breakfast cereal.

Captain January


Captain January is a 1936 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, and Harry Tugend is based on the story The Lighthouse at Cape Tempest by Laura E. Richards. The film stars Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, and Sara Haden in a story about a foundling pursued by a truant officer. The screenplay is based on the 1891 children's book Captain January by Laura E.

Dimples

Dimples is a 1936 American musical film directed by William A. Seiter. The screenplay was written by Nat Perrin and Arthur Sheekman. The film is about a young mid-nineteenth century street entertainer (Temple) who is separated from her pickpocket grandfather (Morgan) when given a home by a wealthy New York City widow (Westley). The film was panned by the critics.
Stowaway  

Stowaway is a 1936 American musical film directed by William A. Seiter. The screenplay by William M. Conselman, Nat Perrin, and Arthur Sheekman is based on a story by Samuel Engel. The film is about a young orphan called 'Ching Ching' (Temple) who stows away on a ship and is adopted by Tommy Randall (Young) and his wife Susan (Faye). The film was hugely successful , and is available on videocassette and DVD.  
Little Miss Broadway

Little Miss Broadway is a 1938 American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay was written by Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen. The film stars Shirley Temple in a story about a theatrical boarding house and its occupants, and was originally titled Little Lady of Broadway. In 2009, the film was available on DVD and videocassette. Betsy Brown is released from an orphanage into the care of Pop Shea.
Fort Apache

Fort Apache is a 1948 Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. The film was the first of the director's "cavalry trilogy" and was followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950), both also starring Wayne. The story, which screenwriter James Warner Bellah based loosely on George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, as well as the Fetterman Massacre of 1866.
Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner is a 1938 American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Ethel Hill, Darrell Ware, and J. P. McEvoy was based on the novel Lucky Penny by Paul Girard Smith. The film focuses on the tribulations of little Penny Hale (Temple) and her architect father (Farrell) after he is forced by circumstances to accept a job as janitor. The film was the fourth and last cinematic song and dance. 
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Poor Little Rich Girl

The Poor Little Rich Girl is a 1936 American musical film directed by Irving Cummings. The screenplay by Sam Hellman, Gladys Lehman, and Harry Tugend was based on stories by Eleanor Gates and Ralph Spence, and on the 1917 Mary Pickford vehicle of the same name. The film focuses on a child (Temple) neglected by her rich and busy father who meets two vaudeville performers and becomes a radio singing star. 
Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William Conselman is based on a story by David Butler and Edwin Burke, and focuses on the relationship between bachelor aviator James 'Loop' Merritt (James Dunn) and his orphaned godchild, Shirley Blake (Shirley Temple). Merritt becomes involved in a custody battle for the child with a rich, elderly gentleman.
Susannah of the Mounties

Susannah of the Mounties is a 1939 American historical adventure film directed by William A. Seiter. The screenplay by Helen Logan and Robert Ellis is based on a novel by Muriel Denison. The film stars Shirley Temple and Randolph Scott in a story about Susannah Sheldon, the lone survivor of a wagon train massacre, teaming up with Canadian Mountie Monty Montague to improve relations with the Indians.
The Little Colonel


The Little Colonel is a 1935 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler. The screenplay by William M. Conselman was adapted from a novel of the same name by Annie Fellows Johnston, and focuses on the reconciliation of an estranged father and daughter in the years following the American Civil War. The film stars Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Evelyn Venable, John Lodge, Bill Robinson, and Hattie McDaniel.  
Since You Went Away


Since You Went Away is a 1944 film distributed by United Artists, a big-budget epic about the American home front during World War II. It was directed by John Cromwell and adapted and produced by David O. Selznick from the novel Since You Went Away: Letters to a Soldier from His Wife by Margaret Buell Wilder. 
Wee Willie Winkie


Wee Willie Winkie is a 1937 American adventure film directed by John Ford. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Ernest Pascal was based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, and Cesar Romero in a story about the British presence in nineteenth century India. The production was filmed largely at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a 1947 American screwball comedy film directed by Irving Reis. The screenplay was written by Sidney Sheldon. The film stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple in a story about a teenager's crush on an older man. The film was a critical success. Sheldon won an Academy Award for the screenplay. Seventeen-year-old Susan Turner.
I'll Be Seeing You


I'll Be Seeing You is a 1944 drama film made by Selznick International Pictures, Dore Schary Productions and Vanguard Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by William Dieterle and produced by Dore Schary with David O. Selznick as executive producer. The screenplay was by Marion Parsonnet, based on a radio play by Charles Martin. The music score was by Daniele Amfitheatrof. 
Baby Take a Bow


Baby Take a Bow is a 1934 American comedy drama film directed by Harry Lachman. The screenplay by Philip Klein and Edward E. Paramore Jr. is based on the play Square Crooks by James P. Judge. Temple plays the child of an ex-con (Dunn) trying to better life for himself and his family. The film was a commercial success and is critically regarded as pleasant and sentimental. A musical number features Dunn and Temple.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Shirley Temple movies?" and "What are the greatest Shirley Temple roles of all time?"