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Managed Money (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 23 February 1934 (USA)
Young Mary Lou tries to help her brother Sonny raise money so that he can attend a military academy.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Ewart Adamson (story), Ernest Pagano (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Sonny Rogers (as Junior Coghlan)
Shirley Temple ... Mary Lou Rogers
Harry Myers ... Mr. George Rogers
Helene Chadwick ... Mrs. George Rogers
Kenneth Howell ... Harry Vanderpool
Sidney Miller ... Sidney - Sonny's Friend
Virginia True Boardman ... Mrs. Vanderpool
Huntley Gordon ... Police Officer
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Storyline

When Sonny finds out that his friend Sid is planning to go to a military academy, he wants to go there as well. When Sonny's father reluctantly tells him that it would be impossible for him to pay for it, Sonny and Sid decide to go prospecting for gold in the hope of raising the money. They throw together some equipment and head out into the desert, where they discover that Sonny's young sister Mary Lou, determined to join them, has stowed away. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frolics of Youth (#4): Managed Money See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The dialogue in the desert scenes was dubbed in what sounds like a stuffy indoor studio, and is thus lacking the atmosphere of dialogue recorded outdoors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary Lou Rogers: What makes you do that Sonny?
Sonny Rogers: Mary Lou, I can't make discoveries if you keep buttin' in.
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Connections

Edited into Our Girl Shirley (1942) See more »

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Silly, But Has Some Good Moments
23 November 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Overall, this is pretty silly and rather far-fetched, but it has some good moments, mostly thanks to young Shirley Temple. Like a great many of her short features, the story throws together a lot of offbeat ideas that don't always fit together very well. It seems to have been designed strictly as a showcase for Temple and for her co-star Junior Coghlan, who plays her older brother Sonny.

The story starts with an implausible premise and then builds on it. When Sonny's father cannot afford to send him to a military academy, Sonny and his friend decide that prospecting for gold in the desert is the natural solution to their problem. The rest of the plot ties together Temple stowing away to join them, a hooting owl, a chemistry set, an amnesiac, and other incongruous elements. It's goofy, but there are times when it is actually rather entertaining.

Temple is always full of energy, and it's a little unfortunate that her cute appearance and lively persona led to her being cast in so many insubstantial features. This one does have some amusing moments, though, and although it's probably not worth seeing more than once, it works all right as light entertainment.


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