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The Cure For Grumpy Old Men: A Curly-Headed Tap Dancing Waif With Dimples

August 7, 2014

I recently illustrated an essay called, In My Clothes. In it, the author looks back on her life, using the clothes she was wearing at the time as a reference point.

Interesting idea– more on that assignment in a future post.

The essay contained the following passage:

But I like Shirley Temple. Here is a child who notices her dimples, and uses them to her advantage. She uses them to promote world peace, and to make old seamen smile again. No one can resist her innocence and tap dancing abilities.

Which prompted the following illustration. Since the essay was about clothes, I used a paper doll motif to add some humor.

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caricature of movie child star Shirley Temple tap dancing in sailor cap and sailor suit Captain January cartoon character resembling Popeye watching in his underwear next to paper doll sailor clothes

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Shirley Temple (1928-2014) was one of the biggest box office stars of the 1930s. In fact, she was the top box office star for four straight years, 1935-38.

She usually played a waif or an orphan whose pluck and sunny disposition melted the hearts of gruff old men. One such crusty guy was the old lighthouse keeper in the 1936 film, Captain January.

Here’s a larger detail:

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detail image of caricature of movie child star Shirley Temple tap dancing in sailor cap and sailor suit Captain January cartoon character resembling Popeye watching in his underwear next to paper doll sailor clothes

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No doubt about it– Shirley was a cutie. Below: a studio portrait (left); a publicity still for Captain January; with actress Claudette Colbert, holding her honorary Oscar (the first ever awarded for juvenile performance) which she won in 1935, at age 6.

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movie child star Shirley Temple studio portrait publicity photo for Captain January with her honorary Oscar and actress Claudette Colbert

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Here’s a theatrical poster for Captain January, which also starred Guy Kibbee and Buddy Ebsen.

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Poster for 1936 film Captain January, starring Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Slim Summerville, Buddy Ebsen, Sara Haden

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Just how good a tap dancer was Shirley Temple? Check out Shirley and Buddy Ebsen dancing to At The Codfish Ball, in this clip from Captain January. 

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Have you ever watched a Shirley Temple movie?

Have you ever drunk a Shirley Temple? (yup, that drink is named after her)

Have you ever tap danced from your computer to the coffeepot and back again without spilling a drop??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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A Horse And A Knight Sitting In A Bar, Discussing A Naked Woman

July 28, 2014

I came across an old gag cartoon the other day. Probably at least 15 years old. The nice thing about old cartoons: I’ve forgotten most of them, so when I happen upon them, they make me laugh.

We all know Lady Godiva took her famous ride on a horse. That would have been the horse’s claim to fame. Naturally he would have told that story a few times. Here we see him using it to cadge a few drinks…

cartoon showing horse and King Arthur era knight sitting at bar, horse drinking and telling about time Lady Godiva rode on his back

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I’m not sure what inspired this cartoon, but it might have been hearing the 1966 hit song by Peter and Gordon. It’s one of my favorites. Catchy tune, and it always puts a big smile on my face. Here it is, hope you enjoy it.

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Do you have a favorite story you’ve told a million times?

Have you ever met a talking horse?

Have you ever ridden a horse?

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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