A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Set in Depression-era New York City, this film offers a fairy tale look at a seminal period of American history.
A positive attitude, hard work, and determination can work miracles. The ever-optimistic Shirley Temple character speaks for children of any era when she asks simple, but profound questions: "Why can't people be nice to other people?" and "Why is everything mixed up?" A leading character's firm and unchallenged definition of a banker is "someone who keeps things that belong to other people."
Positive Role Models
Produced and set during the American Depression, working people are portrayed as industrious, happy, and dealing well with adversity. Most of the wealthy people are snobbish, selfish, untouched by the difficulties around them. All the African American characters are dancing, singing doormen. Poor children are identified by raggedy clothes, gruff behavior and called "slum kids."
Violence & Scariness
Comic action only. A short fight and wrestling match between two gangs of kids. The children play cops and robbers and a little girl wields a toy rifle. The movie's bad guy -- a fussbudget apartment manager -- is tossed into a laundry chute. Police sent to thwart a benefit musical performances carry guns.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Around the Corner is an old-fashioned, feel-good Shirley Temple movie (with music and dancing) about a little girl who is an uplifting force-of-nature, making everyone around her happy and more optimistic. It takes place during the American Depression in New York City; most of the rich people are portrayed as snooty and uncaring; the poor work hard and make the best of a bad situation. Expect a couple of cartoon pratfalls -- an uptight villain is sent down a laundry chute, a brief brawl between poor street kids, and a scene showing police with guns. The only non-white characters in the film (as was typical in a movie made in 1938) are African-American dancing doormen. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Notable because it was the last of the four movies in which Miss Temple danced with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, this is a delightful, heartwarming story filled with colorful featured players. (Look for Bert Lahr, who the next year became the iconic Cowardly Lion; and Joan Davis, an early female movie and TV comic.)
While the film has a predictable plot with predictable one-dimensional characters, it's always fun, entertaining, and good-hearted. Selfish people learn lessons about compassion; mean people get their comeuppance; and the world is a better place for having Lucky Penny and her dad in it.
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