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The Shirley Temple Collection
The Shirley Temple Collection
Genres: Comedy, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
G     2004     5hr 30min

Easily the most famous child star of all time, Shirley Temple kept America entertained through the darkest days of the Great Depression. This delightful collection of rare shorts and features spanning the 1930s showcases S...  more »


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Genres: Comedy, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Television, Musicals, Documentary
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 07/13/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 5hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

B. Failor | 08/05/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Disk 1 contains 4 shorts: Glad Rags to Riches, War Babies, Pie Covered Wagon, & Dora's Dunking Doughnuts. Sound and picture quality is poor.
Disk 2 contains 4 shorts: Polly Tix in Washington, Kid in Hollywood, Kid in Africa, & Managed Money. Sound and picture quality is poor.
Disk 3 contains 3 shorts: Pardon My Pups, Merrily Yours, & What's To Do?. Sound and picture quality is poor but better than the first 2 disks.
Disk 4 contains the movie "The Little Princess". It is a colorized version. The sound quality is very poor. There is a lot of echo in it. In addition, the logo "The Shirley Temple Collection" is lightly superimposed at the bottom the screen throughout the entire movie.
Disk 5 is the best one of the set. It contains "Shirley Temple Rarities" and "Kid Stuff: Inside Hollywood's Child Stars". Rarities is a bio of Shirley that includes home movies and movie trailers. Kid Stuff is a bio of numerous child stars.
I general I would not recommend this collection unless you really a big fan of her short features or would like to see the two documentaries on disk 5.
Not even a whole star
Ela | San Diego, CA USA | 02/19/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD was more than disappointing. It's a rip off. It's bad quality short films. The best thing about it is the picture on the cover. It's pretty much small children in oversized diapers acting too much like adults. It's difficult to understand the dialogue, and when you do - you just think about how horrible it was that people ever found this amusing. I love Shirley Temple movies, but this is no collection I ever want to own, or pass off on to any unsuspecting fan. The film quality is poor - and at least one of the DVD links took me to the film before rather than the film it was titled to take me to. Whoever came up with this collection was more interested in making money than producing a quality product. I will never buy another 'Passport Productions Video.'"
All I have to say is,,,ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
WhitneyTN | 11/14/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"My mom received this set for her birthday and when she and I sat down to watch it we were half amused and half appauled. I don't mean to overexaggerate the situation, but the subject matter, if you read the summaries on the back of the box, seem to be a little racy and questionable. Shirley Temple as a burlesque performer? A prostitute. Ummm... yeah."
The other reviewer apparently don't get IT!
Patrick King | Exeter, NH | 09/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The genius of Shirley Temple is often overlooked. She gets lost in the fact that she's a child in all of her most famous films. The fact that as a dancer she worked with the best dancers of her era because, as young as three-years-old, she was their equal, gets lost in the legend. If you study any book on American Jazz Dance you'll find reference to, in most, chapters devoted to, the work of Shirley Temple. She was not only an inspiration, she was a unique and powerful talent. These films represent her earliest work; the becoming of the original child super star. While they may not be of high quality; while their subject matter may seem perculiar by modern standards, taken in the perspective of their own time and as small vehicles that hearalded a brilliant career, they are essential to the collections of serious students of pop culture, dance history, and 20th Century entertainment. If you're looking to be entertained with a story about Heidi, or Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, or Captain January, you'd do best to get those films. But if you're a student of the development of American icons, missing these little old movies would be losing a lot of pixels from the "Big Picture.""