Baby Take a Bow (1934)

73 mins | Drama | 22 June 1934

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Always Honest and Going Straight . According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, William Conselman "waived any credit" for his work on the picture's script. The character "Mr. Carson" is referred to both as "Joseph" and "Stuart" in the film and the copyright material. HR and DV noted that the film was barred from being shown in Germany, although no reason for the ban was given by the German censors. According to DV news items, Fox received many letters from fans and women's organizations protesting the presentation of Shirley Temple in films in which she is "mixed up with crooks," such as this picture and Little Miss Marker and Now and Forever . Modern sources include John Alexander ( Ragpicker ) in the cast. James P. Judge's play was first made into a picture by Fox in 1928 under the title Square Crooks . It was directed by Lewis Seiler and starred Robert Armstrong and John Mack Brown (See ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Always Honest and Going Straight . According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, William Conselman "waived any credit" for his work on the picture's script. The character "Mr. Carson" is referred to both as "Joseph" and "Stuart" in the film and the copyright material. HR and DV noted that the film was barred from being shown in Germany, although no reason for the ban was given by the German censors. According to DV news items, Fox received many letters from fans and women's organizations protesting the presentation of Shirley Temple in films in which she is "mixed up with crooks," such as this picture and Little Miss Marker and Now and Forever . Modern sources include John Alexander ( Ragpicker ) in the cast. James P. Judge's play was first made into a picture by Fox in 1928 under the title Square Crooks . It was directed by Lewis Seiler and starred Robert Armstrong and John Mack Brown (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16-Jun-34
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Daily Variety
9 Apr 34
p. 19.
Daily Variety
4 Jun 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
4 Sep 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
13 Sep 34
p. 2.
Film Daily
20 Apr 34
p. 8.
Film Daily
28 Apr 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Jun 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 34
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jun 34
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Sep 34
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Jun 34
p. 21.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jun 34
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
26 May 34
p. 32.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jun 34
pp. 78-79.
New York Times
30 Jun 34
p. 18.
Variety
3 Jul 34
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Settings
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
Bus mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Square Crooks by James P. Judge (New York, 1 Mar 1926).
SONGS
"On Accounta I Love You," music and lyrics by Bud Green and Sam H. Stept.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Going Straight
Always Honest
Release Date:
22 June 1934
Production Date:
9 April--21 May 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 June 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4777
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,600
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

On the day Eddie Ellison is released from Sing Sing Prison, he is met by his fiancée Kay, who was harassed on the train by morally suspect detective Welch, the man responsible for Eddie's conviction. Also on the train was Larry Scott, a prisoner on his way to Sing Sing, who becomes Eddie's pal after his own release. Six years later, Eddie helps Larry get a job as a chauffeur for his employers, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Carson. Kay and Eddie are happily married and have a charming daughter, Shirley, and Larry is engaged to Jane, Shirley's dance instructor. The two couples celebrate Larry's new job and discuss Shirley's upcoming birthday party. The next morning, Trigger Stone, an unrepentant thief who also served time in Sing Sing, asks Eddie and Larry to fence something he stole the night before. They refuse, but Welch tells the head of the National Insurance Company that he suspects the chauffeurs in the previous night's theft of Mrs. Carson's pearl necklace, which was actually stolen by Trigger. Later, at the Carson home, Welch is telling the Carsons about Eddie and Larry's prison records when the boys arrive, and despite their pleas of innocence concerning the theft, Mr. Carson fires them for being ex-convicts. That evening at Shirley's party, Shirley and Eddie perform a song and dance, after which everyone hears a radio news report about the robbery. Kay and Jane are upset but stick by their men when they explain the situation. The next morning while Shirley plays outside, Trigger gives her the pearl necklace just before being chased off by policemen. Thinking the necklace ... +


On the day Eddie Ellison is released from Sing Sing Prison, he is met by his fiancée Kay, who was harassed on the train by morally suspect detective Welch, the man responsible for Eddie's conviction. Also on the train was Larry Scott, a prisoner on his way to Sing Sing, who becomes Eddie's pal after his own release. Six years later, Eddie helps Larry get a job as a chauffeur for his employers, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Carson. Kay and Eddie are happily married and have a charming daughter, Shirley, and Larry is engaged to Jane, Shirley's dance instructor. The two couples celebrate Larry's new job and discuss Shirley's upcoming birthday party. The next morning, Trigger Stone, an unrepentant thief who also served time in Sing Sing, asks Eddie and Larry to fence something he stole the night before. They refuse, but Welch tells the head of the National Insurance Company that he suspects the chauffeurs in the previous night's theft of Mrs. Carson's pearl necklace, which was actually stolen by Trigger. Later, at the Carson home, Welch is telling the Carsons about Eddie and Larry's prison records when the boys arrive, and despite their pleas of innocence concerning the theft, Mr. Carson fires them for being ex-convicts. That evening at Shirley's party, Shirley and Eddie perform a song and dance, after which everyone hears a radio news report about the robbery. Kay and Jane are upset but stick by their men when they explain the situation. The next morning while Shirley plays outside, Trigger gives her the pearl necklace just before being chased off by policemen. Thinking the necklace is a birthday present, Shirley tries to show it to Eddie, but when he ignores her, she slips it into his pocket and tells him to find it. Welch then arrives to question them about the robbery and to search the apartment. As he looks through Shirley's room, Eddie finds the necklace in his pocket, figures out where it came from and hides it in the coffeepot. After Shirley finds it there, Eddie moves it to the carpet sweeper, which is borrowed and emptied into the garbage by Anna, the maid. Kay comes home and after the boys tell her the story, they are desperately trying to open the sweeper when Welch returns. He opens the sweeper himself, only to discover it is empty. After Welch leaves, Eddie, Larry, Kay and Jane search the apartment building for the necklace, while at the same time, the police search for Trigger. When Trigger comes into the apartment and threatens Eddie with a gun, Eddie outwits him and ties him up. Eddie runs to get the police while Shirley finds the necklace in the garbage can downstairs. She goes up to show Eddie but instead finds Trigger, who convinces her to untie him. Eddie, Kay and the police hear Shirley yelling as Trigger grabs the necklace, and when they rush in, he takes the child hostage and climbs to the roof. They follow Trigger, and even though Eddie is shot by Trigger, he captures him. Shirley gets the necklace from Trigger's pocket, and police officer Flannigan promises her the $5,000 reward. Welch raises a fuss until Flannigan tells him off, and Welch then falls through a skylight onto a feather bed in an apartment below. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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