Shirley Temple was an actress well-known for her childhood career. She acted in the 1930s and was active in movies and television until the 1960s. Unlike many other child stars though, she did not retire quietly, continue acting, or even have any personal drama make the newspapers. Avid fans of the famous starlet will know that she went on to have a successful career as a US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She finally retired in the 1990s and only recently passed away.
The library has her movie The Little Princess, and recently added a two-movie DVD collection of two of the movies made about in the middle of her career. Little Miss Marker tells the story of Martha Jane, the daughter of a gambler, who is left as an IOU with a book-maker after her father looses a bet. The other bookies dislike little Martha Jane at first, but warm up to her over time.
The second movie, Now and Forever, also stars Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard in a tale of family, love, and redemption. Cooper and Lombard star as a married couple. The wife wants to settle down and have a family, while the husband would like to continue his footloose and freewheeling ways. When a daughter (played by Shirley Temple) is rediscovered from the husband's previous marriage the family is made complete. Except that Dad doesn't want to settle down quite yet.
The final feature of this DVD is called The Runt Page, a 10 minute short film and the first ever appearance of Shirley Temple on film. From 1932, it is a spoof of a play popular at that time. The film was not a commercial success on its own, but fans can see their favorite actress at age three.
You can get the movie reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay saying, "Thanks for checking us out!"
Shirley Temple: Little Darling Pack
ISBN: 1417021985, 1 disc, 163 minutes