Shirley Temple: What Movies to See from the American Sweetheart

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We were all children. Some of us - still are.

Happy or less happy, privileged or tormented, our childhood was brightened by a few artists, who will always live in your hearts.

We have all seen, at least once, a Shirley Temple film.

She belongs to the collective mind, just like all the great immortal icons.

She made us smile, be happy or cry at least once.

When real life was not bearable, a film with Shirley Temple or Laurel and Hardy would always put a little smile in your heart.

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With an IQ of 155, classified as a genius, Shirley Temple (b. April 23, 1928 - Santa Monica, California) was considered a child prodigy and a huge success in the movies she played in, during childhood. (source: Wikipedia).

She is said to have played the best child roles ever.

As an adult, she had a diplomatic career: she was United States ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States. (source: Wikipedia)

She was placed 18th on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female American screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema. (source: Wikipedia)

The Little Colonel (1935)

The Little Colonel is a 1935 American comedy film directed by David Butler. The screenplay was adapted from the children's novel of the same name by Annie Fellows Johnston, originally published in 1895.

The Little Princess (1939)

The screenplay of this family drama film is loosely based on the 1905 novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The film was the first Shirley Temple movie to be filmed completely in Technicolor, and also her last major success as a child star.

The story is about a little girl whose father must fight in the war and handles her to a girl's school, which is not what it seems to be, and treats poor children badly.

Captain Crewe, called to fight in the Second Boer War, has to leave his daughter Sara (Shirley Temple) with her pony at Miss Minchin's School for Girls.

With all the money Captain Crewe can offer, Miss Minchin gives Sara a fancy treatment.

Although worried about her father, Sara is distracted by riding lessons.

Miss Minchin throws Sara a lavish birthday party.

During the party, Captain Crewe's solicitor arrives with the sad news that Captain Crewe has died and his real estate, the basis for his wealth has been confiscated.

Miss Minchin ends Sara's party abruptly. Without her father's financial support, Sara becomes a servant, now working at the school she used to attend, and enduring all sorts of humiliations and misery.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

This musical comedy film was the third adaptation of Kate Douglas Wiggin's 1903 novel of the same name. (source: Wikipedia)

The plot tells of a talented orphan's trials and tribulations after winning a radio audition to represent a breakfast cereal. (source: Wikipedia)

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

The screen of this adorable comedy was written by Sidney Sheldon, who later won an Academy Award for it. (Wikipedia)

The film stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple in a story about a teenager's crush on an older man.

Margaret Turner (Myrna Loy), a judge, and Susan Turner (Shirley Temple) are sisters who live together. Susan is an intelligent 17-year-old high-school student.

Richard Nugent (Cary Grant), is the guest lecturer for the day at Susan's school —and as he speaks, Susan becomes infatuated with him.

After the talk she finds a reason to spend time with him and suggests she model for him; that evening, she puts on a sophisticated dress and sneaks away from home and into his apartment while he is out. (source: Wikipedia)

A lot of funny trouble and funny adventures will follow.

This is one of the delicious classics starring an incredible cast, so make sure to put it on your list.

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