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Curly Top(1935)

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The plot of this film bears a striking resemblance to the novel Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster (New York, 1912) and her play of the same name (New York, 28 September 1914), a fact recognized by most reviewers. The screen credits give no reference to Webster or her works. A Los Angeles Examiner news item from January 24, 1935 stated that Shirley Temple was to star in a film based on Daddy Long Legs, which was to be called either Little Miss Cupid or Daddy Long Legs. Fox, which produced an earlier film based on the novel and play in 1931 (see below), owned the motion picture rights to the novel and play. In 1924, they produced a film entitled Curlytop, which bears no resemblance to this film. This was the first of four remakes of Mary Pickford films in which Shirley Temple appeared.
       This was one of the last four productions of Winfield Sheehan for Fox. According to Hollywood Reporter, Maurice Murphy was signed to a "term Fox contract" as a result of his work in this film. Hollywood Reporter also noted that this was the first film in which Rochelle Hudson sang. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the set of the bachelor's apartment inhabited in the film by the John Boles character was inspired by a liquor ad in Esquire. Daily Variety noted that an eight-room cottage was built on the sound stage for the film, and that after production, the studio turned down an offer by director Irving Cummings to buy it for $25,000 and instead moved it to the lot to be used as a play room, dressing room and school room for Shirley Temple. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Switzerland and Italy forbade the showing of this film because it was felt that the characterization of Shirley Temple as an "enfant terrible" would set a bad example for the children of their countries. For information about other films based on Webster's works, see the entry below for Daddy Long Legs (1931).