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List of Shirley Temple Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Fort Apache (1948)
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Fort Apache
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An honorable and veteran captain finds himself in a complicated situation when his regime is placed under the command of a young Lieutenant Colonel, who doesn’t have any respect for the local Indian tribe.

Role:
Philadelphia Thursday
Starring:
John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, Pedro Armendáriz
Directed By:
3. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
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This romantic comedy film tells the story of Susan, a seventeen year old girl, who is studying in high school. She begins to fall for Richard, a handsome and sophisticated artist. Her uncle believes that it is just an infatuation, and he tells Richard to play along, until her infatuation with him burns out.

Role:
Susan Turner
Starring:
Cary Grant, Ray Collins, Myrna Loy, Rudy Vallee, Cary Grant
Directed By:
Irving Reis
4. Heidi (1937)
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Heidi
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Role:
Heidi
Starring:
Jean Hersholt, Helen Westley, Thomas Beck, Arthur Treacher
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
5. Bright Eyes (1934)
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Bright Eyes
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Role:
Shirley Blake
Starring:
Jane Darwell, Lois Wilson, James Dunn, Judith Allen
Directed By:
David Butler
6. The Little Princess (1939)
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The Little Princess
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Role:
Sara Crewe
Starring:
Ian Hunter, Anita Louise, Cesar Romero, Richard Greene
Directed By:
William A. Seiter, Walter Lang
7. I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
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I'll Be Seeing You
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Role:
Barbara Marshall
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, Spring Byington, Joseph Cotten, Tom Tully
Directed By:
8. Stowaway (1936)
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Stowaway
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Role:
Ching-Ching
Starring:
Eugene Pallette, Robert Young, Helen Westley, Alice Faye
Directed By:
William A. Seiter
9. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
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Role:
Rebecca Winstead
Starring:
Gloria Stuart, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley, Phyllis Brooks
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
10. The Little Colonel (1935)
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The Little Colonel
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Role:
Lloyd Sherman
Starring:
Lionel Barrymore, Hattie McDaniel, Evelyn Venable, John Lodge, Sidney Blackmer
Directed By:
David Butler
11. Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
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Poor Little Rich Girl
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Role:
Barbara Barry
Starring:
Gloria Stuart, Jack Haley, Alice Faye, Michael Whalen
Directed By:
Irving Cummings
12. Little Miss Marker (1934)
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Little Miss Marker
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Role:
Marthy 'Marky' Jane
Starring:
Adolphe Menjou, Charles Bickford, Dorothy Dell, Lynne Overman
Directed By:
Alexander Hall
13. Captain January (1936)
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Captain January
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This musical comedy film tells the story of a little girl Star who is found and rescued by a lighthouse keeper named Captain January after she is shipwrecked. She likes her life with the sailors, but things get complicated when a bitter officer states that she belongs to a boarding school.

Role:
Star
Starring:
Buddy Ebsen, Slim Summerville, Guy Kibbee, Sara Haden
Directed By:
David Butler
14. Wee Willie Winkie (1937)
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Wee Willie Winkie
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5
Role:
Priscilla Williams
Starring:
Victor McLaglen, C. Aubrey Smith, June Lang, Michael Whalen
Directed By:
15. Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)
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Mr. Belvedere Goes to College
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Belvedere is a well-known author who comes to know that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended college. Therefore he becomes a student in a major university, but things get tough for him because a young journalism student wants to write about him.

Role:
Ellen Baker
Starring:
Alan Young, Clifton Webb, Tom Drake, Jessie Royce Landis
Directed By:
Elliott Nugent
16. Kid's Last Stand (1932)
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Kid's Last Stand
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Role:
Girl
17. Curly Top (1935)
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Curly Top
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Elizabeth Blair is a little girl who lives at the Lakeside Orphanage where her sister Mary works in the kitchen. Mary also likes to write songs which Elizabeth sings. Their lives take a turn when Edward Morgan, a rich man, offers to adopt Elizabeth, but Elizabeth is not willing to leave without her sister. Therefore, Edward decides to bring them both to his mansion. As he begins to spend more and more time with them, he begins to find himself attracted to Mary.    

Role:
Elizabeth Blair
Starring:
Jane Darwell, John Boles, Rochelle Hudson, Rafaela Ottiano
Directed By:
Irving Cummings
18. The Littlest Rebel (1935)
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The Littlest Rebel
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Role:
Virgie Cary
Starring:
Jack Holt, John Boles, Karen Morley, Bill Robinson
Directed By:
David Butler
19. Mandalay (1934)
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Mandalay
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A woman becomes the main ‘hostess’ in a nightclub, after being abandoned by her lover. She soon decides to put her past behind her, and sets off to Mandalay.

Starring:
Warner Oland, Ricardo Cortez, Kay Francis, Lyle Talbot
Directed By:
20. Dimples (1936)
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Dimples
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Set in mid nineteenth century New York, the story focuses on Dimples Appleby, a child street performer, who lives with her actor grandfather, unaware that he also has to pickpocket to provide for her. She discovers the truth while performing at the Drew family home and takes up the blame to protect him. Impressed, the Mrs. Drew opens her home to her, intending to give her a comfortable life. 

Role:
Dimples Appleby
Starring:
Stepin Fetchit, John Carradine, Frank Morgan, Helen Westley, Robert Kent
Directed By:
William A. Seiter
21. Kiss and Tell (1945)
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Kiss and Tell
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4
Role:
Corliss Archer
Starring:
Robert Benchley, Katharine Alexander, Walter Abel, Jerome Courtland
Directed By:
Richard Wallace
22. Now and Forever (1934)
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Now and Forever
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Con-artist, Jerry Day, is married to Toni who wishes for a stable life with a family. When Jerry brings home his daughter, Pennie, from his late first wife’s rich family, he decides to change his ways for better. But finding it difficult to provide for his family, he gets lured into joining in a jewel theft. How will this affect his daughter? 

Role:
Penelope 'Penny' Day
Starring:
Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Guy Standing, Charlotte Granville
Directed By:
Henry Hathaway
23. Little Miss Broadway (1938)
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Little Miss Broadway
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Betsy is an orphan who escapes from her orphanage and starts living with her uncle, a manager who runs a hotel populated by people of the show business. However, the owner of the hotel doesn’t like her or the entertainers, and wants her to return to the orphanage.

Role:
Betsy Brown
Starring:
Jimmy Durante, Edna May Oliver, George Murphy, Phyllis Brooks
Directed By:
Irving Cummings
24. Just Around the Corner (1938)
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Just Around the Corner
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Role:
Penny
Starring:
Charles Farrell, Bill Robinson, Joan Davis, Amanda Duff
Directed By:
Irving Cummings
25. Baby, Take a Bow (1934)
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Baby, Take a Bow
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Role:
Shirley
Starring:
Alan Dinehart, James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Ray Walker
Directed By:
Harry Lachman
26. Susannah of the Mounties (1939)
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Susannah of the Mounties
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Role:
Susannah Sheldon
Starring:
J. Farrell MacDonald, Randolph Scott, Margaret Lockwood, Martin Good Rider
Directed By:
William A. Seiter, Walter Lang
27. Our Little Girl (1935)
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Our Little Girl
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Role:
Molly Middleton
Starring:
Joel McCrea, Lyle Talbot, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Rosemary Ames
Directed By:
John S. Robertson
28. What's to Do? (1933)
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What's to Do?
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Role:
Mary Lou Rogers
Starring:
Harry Myers, Frank Coghlan Jr., Kenneth Howell, Dorothy Ward
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
29. Young People (1940)
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Young People
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Role:
Wendy
Starring:
Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood, Arleen Whelan, George Montgomery
Directed By:
Allan Dwan
30. Now I'll Tell (1934)
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Now I'll Tell
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Golden is addicted to gambling, but he promises his wife that when he makes $ 200,000, he is going to quit it for good. However, when he loses a significant sum of money to a mobster, he has no other option but to pawn his wife’s jewelry.

Starring:
Spencer Tracy, Helen Twelvetrees, Henry O'Neill, Alice Faye
Directed By:
Edwin J. Burke
31. Out All Night (1933)
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Out All Night
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Starring:
Slim Summerville, Zasu Pitts, Laura Hope Crews, Shirley Grey
Directed By:
Sam Taylor
32. That Hagen Girl (1947)
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That Hagen Girl
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Based on the novel by Edith Kneipple Roberts, the film follows Mary Hagen, the adopted daughter of Minta and Jim Hagen. She is beautiful, gay and talented, everything that can make a girl happy. But in the way is a cruel gossip concerning her biological father. Is he Tom Bates, the former resident who was sent away by his family years ago? 

Role:
Mary Hagen
Starring:
Rory Calhoun, Lois Maxwell, Dorothy Peterson, Ronald Reagan
Directed By:
Peter Godfrey
33. Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
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Miss Annie Rooney
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Role:
Annie Rooney
Starring:
Guy Kibbee, Dickie Moore, William Gargan, Peggy Ryan
Directed By:
Edwin L. Marin
34. Kathleen (1941)
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Kathleen
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Role:
Kathleen Davis
Starring:
Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Laraine Day, Felix Bressart
Directed By:
Harold S. Bucquet
35. The Blue Bird (1940)
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The Blue Bird
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Role:
Mytyl
Starring:
Sterling Holloway, Nigel Bruce, Spring Byington, Gale Sondergaard
Directed By:
Walter Lang
36. The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
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The Story of Seabiscuit
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Role:
Margaret O'Hara / Knowles
Starring:
Barry Fitzgerald, Donald MacBride, Lon McCallister, Rosemary DeCamp
Directed By:
David Butler
37. Adventure in Baltimore (1949)
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Adventure in Baltimore
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Role:
Dinah Sheldon
Starring:
Robert Young, Josephine Hutchinson, Albert Sharpe, John Agar
Directed By:
Richard Wallace
38. Change of Heart (1934)
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Change of Heart
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After completing their graduation, four college graduates relocate to New York City, looking for employment. However, they soon realize that jobs are scarce and finding employment wouldn’t be as easy as they thought. Although they are great friends, their relationships are strained by their romantic entanglements.  

Starring:
Janet Gaynor, Ginger Rogers, Charles Farrell, James Dunn
Directed By:
John G. Blystone
39. Honeymoon (1947)
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Honeymoon
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4
Role:
Barbara Olmstead
Starring:
Franchot Tone, Gene Lockhart, Lina Romay, Guy Madison
Directed By:
William Keighley
40. A Kiss for Corliss (1949)
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A Kiss for Corliss
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A teenage girl who has a crush on a much older man starts telling others that he is her boyfriend. The false rumor however soon spreads through the town really fast and things get complicated.

Role:
Corliss Archer
Starring:
David Niven, Tom Tully, Darryl Hickman, Virginia Welles
Directed By:
Richard Wallace
41. Merrily Yours (1933)
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Merrily Yours
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Role:
Mary Lou Rogers
Starring:
Lloyd Ingraham, Frank Coghlan Jr., Sidney Miller, Mary Blackford
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
42. The Kid's Last Fight (1933)
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The Kid's Last Fight
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Role:
Shirley
Starring:
Lawrence Harris, Georgie Smith, Marilyn Granas, Arthur J. Maskery
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
43. Dora's Dunking Doughnuts (1933)
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Dora's Dunking Doughnuts
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4
Role:
Shirley
Starring:
Bud Jamison, Andy Clyde, Florence Gill, Ethel Sykes
Directed By:
Harry Edwards
44. Pardon My Pups (1934)
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Pardon My Pups
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4
Role:
Mary Lou Rogers
Starring:
Harry Myers, Frank Coghlan Jr., Kenneth Howell, Dorothy Ward
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
45. Red-Haired Alibi (1932)
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Red-Haired Alibi
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4
Starring:
Huntley Gordon, Theodore von Eltz, Grant Withers, Merna Kennedy
Directed By:
Christy Cabanne
46. Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
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Stand Up and Cheer!
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Stand Up and Cheer! is a 1934 American musical film, which revolves around the former US President Franklin Roosevelt, who in order to cheer out his people still suffering through the Depression, appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement. 

Starring:
Stepin Fetchit, Warner Baxter, John Boles, Madge Evans
Directed By:
Hamilton MacFadden
47. Glad Rags to Riches (1933)
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Glad Rags to Riches
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4
Role:
Nell / La Belle Diaperina
Starring:
Eugene Butler, Lawrence Harris, Georgie Smith, Marilyn Granas
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
48. Managed Money (1934)
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Managed Money
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4
Role:
Mary Lou Rogers
Starring:
Huntley Gordon, Harry Myers, Virginia True Boardman, Frank Coghlan Jr.
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
49. War Babies (1932)
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War Babies
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4
Role:
Charmaine
Starring:
Eugene Butler, Georgie Smith, Georgie Billings, Philip Hurlic
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
50. The Pie-Covered Wagon (1932)
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The Pie-Covered Wagon
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4
Role:
Shirley
Starring:
Eugene Butler, Georgie Smith, Philip Hurlic, Arthur J. Maskery
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
51. Kid 'in' Africa (1933)
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Kid 'in' Africa
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4
Role:
Madame Cradlebait
Starring:
Danny Boone Jr.
Directed By:
Jack Hays
52. Kid in Hollywood (1933)
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Kid in Hollywood
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4
Role:
Morelegs Sweettrick
Starring:
Georgie Smith, Danny Boone Jr., Georgie Billings, Gloria Ann Mack
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
53. Polly Tix in Washington (1933)
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Polly Tix in Washington
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4
Role:
Polly Tix
Starring:
Eugene Butler, Georgie Smith, Gloria Ann Mack, Philip Hurlic
Directed By:
Charles Lamont

Narrator/Dubbing

Shirley Temple's Storybook
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Shirley Temple's Storybook
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Role:
 Self - Narrator / ... 40 episodes, 1958-1961
Starring:
Mary Wickes, Charlton Heston, Mel Blanc, Ray Walston, Martin Landau, Lorne Greene, Claude Akins
Directed By:
David Greene, James Neilson, Arthur Hiller, Robert B. Sinclair, Mitchell Leisen

Special Appearance/Cameo

Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
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Ali Baba Goes to Town
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7

A movie company is showing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp and gets injured on the head. After taking too many painkillers, he falls asleep and starts dreaming about being in Baghdad and also being the Sultan’s advisor.

Role:
Shirley Temple - at Fictional Premiere (uncredited)
Starring:
Ann Sothern, John Carradine, Victor McLaglen, Roland Young, Eddie Cantor
Directed By:
David Butler
To the Last Man (1933)
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To the Last Man
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7

After the American Civil War, a feud starts between the Colby and the Hayden families. This is because Jed Colby blames the Hayden family for his imprisonment. However, he is not aware that there is an affair going on between Ellen Colby and Lynn Hayden.

Role:
Mary Stanley (uncredited)
Starring:
John Carradine, Esther Ralston, Jack La Rue, Randolph Scott, Barton MacLane
Directed By:
Henry Hathaway
As the Earth Turns (1934)
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As the Earth Turns
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This avant-garde silent film is about an apocalyptic future war that might devastate the planet. PAX foresees the future-technology, climate change, WWII and the need for peace, while the world moves towards world war again. PAX uses climate changing science in order to keep mankind away from war and restore peace.

Role:
Child (uncredited)
Starring:
Jean Muir, Donald Woods, Russell Hardie, Emily Lowry
Directed By:
Alfred E. Green
Carolina (1934)
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Carolina
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4
Role:
Joan Connelly (uncredited)
Starring:
Janet Gaynor, Lionel Barrymore, Stepin Fetchit, Richard Cromwell
Directed By:
Henry King
Runt Page (1932)
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Runt Page
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5

It is a short comedy that shows parents of a little girl discussing about the film "The Front Page" with their friends. While the adults are talking, the little one falls asleep and dreams about a cop, an escaped convict and reporters.

Role:
Lulu Parsnips (uncredited)
Starring:
Georgie Smith, Billy Bletcher, Stars The Baby
Directed By:
Ray Nazarro

TV Shows

The Red Skelton Show
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The Red Skelton Show
TV-G
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4
Starring:
Bobby Darin, Red Skelton, Cliff Robertson, Art Carney, Leslie Nielsen, Liberace, Bob Crane
Directed By:
Seymour Berns, Bill Hobin, John Gaunt, Terry Kyne, Martin Rackin
Shirley Temple's Storybook
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4
Shirley Temple's Storybook
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4
Role:
 Self - Narrator / ... 40 episodes, 1958-1961
Starring:
Mary Wickes, Charlton Heston, Mel Blanc, Ray Walston, Martin Landau, Lorne Greene, Claude Akins
Directed By:
David Greene, James Neilson, Arthur Hiller, Robert B. Sinclair, Mitchell Leisen