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Just Around the Corner (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 11 November 1938 (USA)
Shirley helps her idealistic architect father get his dream of a slum clearance project; The little miss dances with bill "Bojangles" robinson. Based on paul gerard smith's book, "Lucky penny".


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Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Penny Hale
Joan Davis ... Kitty
Charles Farrell ... Jeff Hale
Amanda Duff ... Lola
Bill Robinson ... Corporal Jones
Bert Lahr ... Gus
Franklin Pangborn ... Waters
Cora Witherspoon ... Aunt Julia Ramsby
Claude Gillingwater ... Samuel G. Henshaw (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
Benny Bartlett ... Milton Ramsby (as Bennie Bartlett)


Penny Hale is the daughter of Jeff Hale, a once wealthy architect and widower now ruined by the depression and working as the maintenance man in an apartment building, in which his girlfriend Lola lives in the penthouse. Shirley, always positive and happy refuses to accept their drop in the world and believes prosperity is just around the corner. She makes friends with an eccentric, grumpy old man, Samuel G. Henshaw, who turns out to be a millionaire and backs her father's engineering plans. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

11 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Penny See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the kids calls Penny "Bright Eyes". This is a reference to Shirley Temple's earlier hit film, Bright Eyes (1934). See more »


Lola: I love that man, and I'm going to marry him!
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Samuel G. Henshaw: Well, you wouldn't be my neice if you didn't have a will of your own.
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Samuel G. Henshaw: You're going to live in the basement, I suppose?
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Brass Buttons and Epaulettes
(1938) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Spina and Walter Bullock
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Pure schmaltz and propaganda...but still kind of fun.
3 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I would agree with other reviewers who felt this was a mediocre Shirley Temple outing--neither particularly good nor particularly bad. It's worth seeing, however, some might have a hard time stomaching the schmaltz and propaganda--the film does lay it on pretty thick.

The film begins with Shirley being taken from her boarding school and sent home. It seems her father (no mention is EVER made of the mother, by the way) has lost his fortune and cannot afford to keep her in the school. But, as Shirley is MORE optimistic and chipper than Pollyanna or Ned Flanders, she sees this as all a grand adventure. Through the course of the film, she remains unabashedly optimistic and does her best to make everyone have a happily ever after--even the nasty old man she refers to as 'Uncle Sam'! I liked and disliked the film. The humor was very sweet and you can't help loving Shirley. Additionally, the theme song throughout the film is very peppy and you'll most likely find yourself humming along with it. But, on the other hand, the optimism angle wore a bit thin, as did the stuff about Uncle Sam and the Depression. In fact, it came off, at times, as pure propaganda. Had the intent been disguised a bit, it would have made it all less obvious.

If you do see the film, pay attention to the fund-raiser at the end. Shirley had a huge bag of nickels from all the kids who paid to see it. However, when you see the ridiculous sets and costumes, the kids should have paid at least $100 a ticket to break even!! Silly, but also kind of funny.

Additionally, look for Charles Farrell in a rare starring appearance. Although Farrell was arguably the most famous male star of the late silent age, by 1938 his career was pretty much over in Hollywood. Why? I have no idea nor is there any indication why on his IMDb page. Also, this is the fourth and final film pairing Shirley and Bill Robinson--and to watch them dance, that's more than enough reason to watch the movie.

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