Young People

  • 20th Century-Fox, 1940, B/W, 78 minutes, ***
  • Released August, 1940

Filmdom’s pluckiest orphan, Shirley Temple, finds herself parentless once again, until retiring vaudevillians Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood adopt her. The family moves to a small town that doesn’t take to “show folk,” but Shirley sets out to change their feelings. Songs include “Tra-La-La,” “Fifth Avenue” and the title tune.

Details

  • Produced by: Harry Joe Brown
  • Directed by: Allan Dwan
  • Screenplay by: Edwin Blum and Don Ettlinger
  • Music and Lyrics by: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
  • Dances Staged by: Nick Castle and Geneva Sawyer
  • Music Direction: Alfred Newman
  • Art Direction: Richard Day, Rudolph Sternad
  • Set Decorations: Thomas Little
  • Costumes: Gwen Wakeling
  • Sound: George Leverett, Roger Heman
  • Director of Photography: Edward Cronjager
  • Film Editor: James B. Clark

Cast

  • Shirley Temple [Wendy]
  • Jack Oakie [Joe Ballantyne]
  • Charlotte Greenwood [Kit Ballantine]
  • Arleen Whelan [Judith]
  • George Montgomery [Mike Shea]
  • Kathleen Howard [Hester Appleby]
  • Minor Watson [Dakin]
  • Frank Swann [Fred Willard]
  • Frank Sully [Jeb]
  • Mae Marsh [Maria Liggett]
  • Sarah Edwards [Mrs. Stinchfield]
  • Irving Bacon [Otis]
  • Charles Halton [Moderator]
  • Arthur Aylesworth [Doorman]
  • Olin Howlin [Station Master]
  • Billy Wayne [Stage Manager]
  • Harry Tyler [Dave]
  • Darryl Hickman [Tommy]
  • Shirley Mills [Mary Ann]
  • Diane Fisher [Susie]
  • Bobby Anderson [Jerry Dakin]
  • Additional Cast: Robert “Buddy” Shaw [Usher]
  • Syd Saylor [Vaudevillian]
  • Dell Henderson [Eddie’s Father]
  • Ted North [Eddie]
  • Evelyn Beresford [English Woman]
  • Billy Benedict [Boy]

Musical Program

  • [0:00] Overture: “Tra-La-La-La” (played by Orchestra behind titles)
  • [0:01] The Mason Dixon Line (sung and danced by Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood)
  • [0:04] On the Beach at Waikiki (sung by Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood, danced by Charlotte Greenwood, includes a hula by Shirley Temple [inserted from the film Curly Top, 1935])
  • [0:05] Baby Take a Bow (sung by Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood [with slightly modified lyric], then sung by Jack Oakie and Shirley Temple [with the help of a double and inserts of the “Baby Take a Bow” number from the film Stand Up and Cheer] — cute number!)
  • [0:09] Fifth Avenue (sung and danced by Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood and Shirley Temple)
  • [0:39] I Wouldn’t Take a Million (sung by Jack Oakie)
  • [0:45] Flow Gently, Sweet Afton (sung by Childrens’ Chorus)
  • [0:50] Young People (sung and danced by Shirley Temple and School Children)
  • [0:57] Fifth Avenue (sung and danced by Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood and Shirley Temple)
  • [1:05] I Wouldn’t Take a Million (sung by Shirley Temple)
  • [1:15] Finale: Tra-La-La-La (sung and danced by Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood)