To a musical extravaganza!
Looking at our Pictures from the Past last week made me think about what I liked to do as a kid. And one of the things that came to mind was watch old movies.
It might have been because my parents were into musicals. Or perhaps it was because there was nothing else on television on a Saturday afternoon. But I loved watching movies—musical or not—from the 1930s and ’40s. Many of these films were pure escapist entertainment for a country recovering from The Great Depression and a world soon to be at war again. Of course as an elementary school aged child, I didn’t understand that. All I knew was that they were entertaining and engrossing.
Now we come to confession time—I was a huge Shirley Temple fan. I loved watching her movies. I loved singing her songs. My parents even bought me an album of her greatest hits. And in looking at video clips of those movies another thing came clear. Shirley Temple was an amazingly talented child. I knew that, but as an adult I can better understand the complexity of what she did.
Shirley Temple began her career when she was three. A year or two later, she was a huge star. And even though her career waned when she was a teenager, I’m still a fan. She grew up to be an ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. I’ve always thought that was really cool.
Here are a couple of clips for your entertainment. The dancing in the first one—from the film “Captain January”—starts about halfway through. Anybody recognize her dance partner?
And here she is in the movie “Stowaway” from 1936. I assume this film was colorized (like the previous clip), but I couldn’t find it in black and white. My favorite part is near the end when she impersonates Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Enjoy! 😀