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Stowaway(1936)

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Robert Young was borrowed from M-G-M for this film. According to a press release, dancer Tommy Wonder created the "rag doll dance," during which a performer dances with a life-sized rag doll, and he taught Shirley Temple how to do the dance. She uses his technique in the vaudeville section of this film, in which she dances with a male dummy and imitates Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. She also imitates Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor in this sequence. Honorable Wu's character, called "Li Ze Mon" in the film, is called "Latchee Lee" in some contemporary and modern sources. A March 16, 1939 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Stephen Tamas filed a lawsuit against Twentieth Century-Fox, in which he claimed Fox had plagiarized a scenario that he had written for Temple and submitted to them in March 1936. According to Temple's autobiography, Joan Storm Dezendorf, who alleged that story writer Sam Engel had plagiarized one of her stories, also filed a lawsuit against Twentieth-Century Fox. In addition, Temple notes that Charles McCord accused songwriters Mack Gordon and Harry Revel of plagiarizing "Goodnight My Love" from one of his songs, and that Juan Calaby made a similar claim, saying that the song was taken from his song "Seorita." No other information about these lawsuits has been found. Temple also states that Bessie Nyi, a student from Shanghai, taught her "several hundred Chinese phrases," in the "Mandarin dialect of North China."