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February 11, 2014


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I've only seen a few Shirley Temple films from her childhood - it's been a very long time, but I'm temped to revisit the other one directed by Ford, "Wee Willie Winkle." I haven't seen all of her films, but I remember reading something about Zanuck and Ford consciously trying to make a film from a child's POV as opposed to another film where Temple would be trotted out like a living Kewpie doll. I'm not sure if this was a first for a film of this kind - it's certainly become the de facto approach to any family film made by a major studio - but it definitely created the right context for a lot of striking images and some genuinely beautiful moments that were pretty unique to a Shirley Temple film. I think Joseph McBride even made the argument that "Wee Willie Winkle" should've won Ford an Oscar, simply for showing what he can accomplish within the strict confines of such a production.

Asher Steinberg

Tag Gallagher says glowing things about Wee Willie Winkie in his book on Ford. I've never seen it.


Until I read this Hollywood Reporter article, I had no idea that Shirley Temple's daughter was at one time the bass player for The Melvins: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/shirley-temples-grunge-connection-as-679538

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