Captain January, 1936

Star is a little girl who lives in a lighthouse with Captain January, the man who rescued her when her parents drowned. Trouble comes in the form of a truant officer who wants to separate the young girl from the man who has taken care of her.

Guy Kibbee is Captain January and works well with Shirley Temple, who plays Star. The pair have some great scenes together and set up the ending well.

Buddy Ebsen dances with Shirley in front of a small crowd. He reminded me of how much I liked him as Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. His dancing style was unusual. According to, he was asked in the 1930s to dance in front of a grid so Disney animators could film him and use the dance steps for the Silly Symphony cartoons.

At the age of 93, Ebsen became a best-selling author of a romance novel called Kelly’s Quest. One of the things he said about his writing experiences, according to, was, “Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on.”