Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner

Director: Irving Cummings Cast: Shirley Temple, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell

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Just Around the Corner is the film in which little Shirley Temple ends the Depression all by herself! The story starts realistically enough, with 10-year-old Penny Hale (Temple) sharing a basement apartment with her widowed father Jeff (Charles Farrell, in his final Fox film). Once a prosperous architect, Jeff has been working as a hotel janitor-engineer ever since the Wall Street Crash. Ordered by pompous hotel concierge Waters (Franklin Pangborn) to keep her place, Penny nonetheless has fun wandering the lobbies of the posh establishment under the watchful and protective eyes of her friends, Kitty the maid (Joan Davis), Gus the chauffeur (Bert Lahr) and Corporal Jones the doorman (Bill Robinson). Having been told by her dad that the only person who can pull the country out of the Depression is Uncle Sam, Penny becomes convinced that goateed billionaire tycoon S. G. Henshaw (Claude Gillingwater Sr.) is Uncle Sam come to life. Charming her way into the heart of the irascible Henshaw, Penny convinces him to help the economy get started again. Not only does Uncle Sam accomplish this by creating thousands of new jobs, but he also manages to give Penny's father Jeff a new start in life, much to the delight of Jeff's sweetheart Lola (Amanda Duff). The film's highlights are Shirley Temple's always-delightul dance duets with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson; less easy to take when seen today is the closing "Buttons and Epaulets" production number, performed by a chorus of servile blacks.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2006
UPC: 0024543249313
Original Release: 1938
Rating: G
Source: 20th Century Fox
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:10:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Movietone News: The Takes That Make Up Shirley's 7th Birthday; Trailers: Captain January, Susanah of the Mounties

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Penny Hale
Joan Davis Kitty
Charles Farrell Jeff Hale
Amanda Duff Lola
Bert Lahr Gus
Franklin Pangborn Waters
Cora Witherspoon Aunt Julia Ramsby
Claude Gillingwater Samuel G. Henshaw
Bennie Bartlett Milton Ramsby
Hal K. Dawson Reporter
Charles Williams Candid Cameraman
J. Anthony Hughes Henshaw Assistants
Orville Caldwell Henshaw's Assistants
Marilyn Knowlden Gwendolyn
Eddie Conrad French Tutor
Charles Anthony Hughes Actor
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Corporal Jones

Technical Credits
Irving Cummings Director
Walter Bullock Score Composer
David Hempstead Producer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Ethel Hill Screenwriter
Harvey Johnston Editor
Boris Levin Art Director
J.P. McEvoy Screenwriter
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Spina Score Composer
Darrell Ware Screenwriter
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Just Around the Corner
1. Main Titles [1:00]
2. But I Live Here! [4:26]
3. Just You and Me [1:58]
4. This Is a Happy Little Ditty [2:12]
5. The Expensive Mr. Hale [5:23]
6. Mothers' Little Lamb [:26]
7. Penthouse Privileges [6:04]
8. As Tough As Uncle Sam [:24]
9. Bad Tidings [2:41]
10. Saving Uncle Sam [1:21]
11. A Hair-Raising Experience [2:01]
12. The Tough Guy [:45]
13. Miniature Matchmakers [:51]
14. Out of Sight, Out of Mind [2:25]
15. Where's Borneo? [3:10]
16. The Rotary is Rotating [:06]
17. But He's Uncle Sam [3:10]
18. Brass Buttons and Epaulettes [3:42]
19. I Love to Walk in the Rain [4:01]
20. End Titles [2:05]

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