Baby Burlesks

While reading Shirley Temple’s fascinating, obituary, I came across the mention of Baby Burlesks, a series of very short films Temple starred in before she made the big time.  According to Temple’s autobiography, the films were sexually suggestive and also kinda racist, and when the child actors misbehaved, they were (from the Times) “locked in a windowless sound box with only a block of ice on which to sit.”  WHAT THE FUCK!?

The movies really are as weird as Temple (and others who have sought them out) described them.  Check out War Babies, in which Temple is a dancer in a bar juggling the hearts of two admirers.

(Also, did you know that Temple had exactly 56 perfect ringlets?  My inner child is dying of envy right now.)

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