Thursday, February 13, 2014

Loose Lips Sinks Lollypops


BREAKING NEWS!!! I just got it from a reliable source that Shirley Temple was in actuality Herman Snipple, master of prebuscent female disguise, and J. Edgar Hoover's most trusted agent. Known  and envied throughout the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his uncanny kneecap tap dancing skills, Snipple infiltrated the Hollywood movie industry in the 1930s and '40s,  keeping a watchful eye on such possible threats to national security as Adolphe Menjou, Bill Robinson, Robert Young, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Oakie, Burt Lahr, Montey Woolley, and Ronald Reagan!

Only kidding, folks. I just happen to see the late Ms. Temple more in terms of film history--she brought a much-needed respite to the Great Depression and all that--than as a performer whose art remains timeless. Now, if you disagree with me, than she's obviously timeless for you. Feel free to say so.

I have to go now. I just got word from that same reliable source that Jane Withers may have been an enemy spy!


  1. She was an amazing person! There's no one else like her..RIP Shirley!

    1. You surprise me, Patricia. I assume your also talking about her post-Hollywood career in public service?

  2. I just saw a special on her and as a very young child she could learn pages of script and complicated tap steps. Amazing.
    I was not a fan of her movies but I can appreciate her talent.
    And from your comment to me.... yes I have five fireplaces.
    cheers, parsnip

    1. I can appreciate her talent, too, parsnip, and her role in film history, which is why I felt I should do a post on her. The last movie I saw of hers was The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer with Cary Grant, made when she was 19 or something, obiously not representative of her oeuvre. I haven't seen one of her movies she made as a child for years, so I don't really have any firm opinions.


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