| The Educational Films "Baby Burlesks" Series
War Babies (1932)
The Runt Page (1932)
Pie Covered Wagon (1932)
Glad Rags to Riches (1932)
Kid's Last Fight (1933)
Polly-Tix in Washington (1933)
Kid 'n' Hollywood (1933)
Kid 'n' Africa (1933)
Feature Film Debut
Red-Haired Alibi, The (1932)
Educational Films shorts
Merrily Yours (1933)
Dora's Dunkin' Donuts (1933)
Pardon My Pups (1934)
Managed Money (1934)
To the Last Man (1933)
Out All Night (1933)
Now I'll Tell (1934)
Change of Heart (1934)
Stand Up and Cheer (1934)
Little Miss Marker (1934)
Based on the Damon Runyon story, a little girl is left by her father as
security for a loan. He
gambles, loses, and commits suicide. The little girl (the marker) is raised
by the gambling
house owner. This film was made at Paramount.
Baby, Take a Bow (1934)
James Dunn plays a gangster trying to go straight and build a life for
his family and daughter
Now and Forever (1934)
Shirley plays Penelope Day and is billed third after Gary Cooper and Carol
Cooper plays a criminal father trying to go straight for Penelopes
Bright Eyes (1934)
Shirley gets top billing and plays an orphan Shirley Blake. This was the
first film crafted for
Shirley and gives her a theme song On the Good Ship Lollipop.
James Dunn plays a flier
forced to parachute out of an airplane (the ship) with Shirley in his
The Little Colonel (1935)
Shirley plays Lloyd Sherman, a little girl who reunites her mother and
Barrymore.) Shirley is paired as a dance team with Bill Robinson.
Our Little Girl (1935)
Shirley plays Molly Middleton, who runs away and reunites her separating
Curly Top (1935)
The first of four Shirley Temple remakes of Mary Pickford silent films.
Shirley plays Betsy
Blair. Shirley and her older sister are orphans who are rescued by a rich
Boles.) He adopts Shirley and marries the older sister.
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Shirley is paired again with Bill Robinson and plays Virginia Houston.
She visits Abraham
Lincoln and pleads for the release of her father (John Boles), who was
captured by Union
soldiers while visiting his dying wife..
Captain January (1936)
Shirley plays Star a poor orphan who was washed up on the New England
taken in by a lighthouse keeper (Guy Kibee), and pursued by a truant officer.
She dances to
At the Codfish Ball with Buddy Ebsen, which is one of her
best numbers she did in film.
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
Shirley plays Barbara Barry, a girl whose widowed and rich father was
too busy to take care
of her. She hooks up with two vaudeville performers played by Jack Haley
and Alice Fay.
Shirley plays Sylvia Dolores, and Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) plays
The film is set in New York City during the 1850's.
Shirley plays Ching-Ching (Barbara Stewart) an orphan of missionaries
in China. She is
adopted by a rich playboy (Robert Young) and promotes a romance between
Wee Willie Winkie (1937)
This was one of Shirleys favorite movies. She plays Priscilla Williams
who visits her army
grandfather in India. She befriends a prisoner who leads a rebellion and
The movie was based on Roger Kiplings story conceived for a boy
and was directed by
Shirley plays Heidi based on the story by Johanna Spyri.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
Shirley is paired again with Bill Robinson in this Mary Pickford remake.
She plays Rebecca
Winstead and dominates this Darryl F. Zanuck musical with Jack Haley and
Little Miss Broadway (1938)
Shirley plays Betsy Brown, an orphan living at a hotel for theatrical
performers. She joins in a
battle with the tenants to keep a rich neighbor from closing down the
hotel. Shirley explains
her new pigtail hairdo saying I used to have curls all over my head,
but they were a lot of
Just Around the Corner (1938)
Shirley is again paired with Bill Robinson and plays Penny Hale. She helps
her formerly rich
widowed father get a good job and a wife.
The Little Princess (1939)
This is often hailed as Shirleys best film which is also a Pickford
remake. She plays Sara
Crew, a daughter of a widower who spoiled her and had to go to war. She
is reduced to
working as a servant, but Queen Victoria comes in and straightens everything
Susanna of the Mounties (1939)
Shirley plays Susannah Sheldon, the only survivor of an Indian massacre.
She is rescued by
the mounted police and helps them improve relations with the Indians.
The Blue Bird (1940)
Shirley plays Mytyl, in this film, which was Foxs failed answer
to The Wizard of Oz.
It was her first financial flop.
Young People (1940)
Shirleys last film in her contract with Fox at age twelve. She plays
Wendy in a seen before
orphan and vaudeville couple story. .
Shirley plays Kathleen Davis, a unhappy daughter of a widower who neglects
her. This was
her only film for MGM and it was the first time Shirley appears on screen
in a ballgown.
Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
Shirley plays Annie Rooney and gets her first screen kiss from actor Dickie
Since You Went Away (1944)
Shirley plays Brig, the teenage daughter of Claudette Colbert
and kid sister of Jennifer Jones
in David Selznicks wartime epic. .
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
Shirley plays Barbara Marshall, the kid sister of Ginger Rogers. Joseph
Cotten plays Rogers
Kiss and Tell (1945)
Shirley plays Corliss Archer in a story about three romantic and prankish
teenagers and their
feuding parents. Time reviewed her as a first-rate comedienne and
a very attractive young
lady who forgot none of the tricks that once made her the cinemas
most dreaded scene
Shirley plays Barbara Olmstead. She imagines herself to be in love with
the vice-consul in
Mexico city who is trying to straighten out Shirley and her new husband.
Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, The (1947)
Shirley takes her first screen drink and plays Susan, who has a crush
on an older bachelor
played by Cary Grant.
That Hagen Girl (1947)
Shirley plays Mary Hagen with the future President Ronald Regan.
Fort Apache (1948)
This film was also directed by John Ford. Shirley plays Philadelphia Thursday
with her husband John Agar for the first time. Also co-starring were John
Wayne and Henry
Fonda. She plays a Colonels daughter whose father objects to her
boyfriend (Agar). He
becomes a hero by escaping from an Indian massacre bringing news of it
back to the fort.
Adventure in Baltimore (1949)
Shirley co-stars with Robert Young and John Agar and plays Dinah Sheldon.
her father and Shirley a political rebel who lands in jail for crusading
for womens suffrage.
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
Shirley plays Ellen Baker and is pregnant with her first child Linda Susan.
Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
Shirley plays Margaret OHara in this story about a famous race horse.
A Kiss for Corliss (1949)
In her last feature film, Shirley reprises her role from Kiss and