The Shirley Temple Filmography

Bullet point: 1918-1920: Let’s Go Traveling

The 1950s saw a shift in popular culture, with TV and movies taking over as sources for entertainment. This was a time when people grew up with television and children lost interest in scary movies, so most studios didn’t make new scary films until the 1970s and 1980s.

This is the decade for Let’s Go Traveling and A Ship Went Away, two of Shirley Temple’s most famous films. Both were monster movie type films with ghosts, witches, and other supernatural beings that young kids could understand.

Temple today

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She is a popular culture icon, and she lives on in every human being’s heart. That is a testament to her power and popularity!

In her time, she was known as the cute little monster that ate babies. She was an iconic image for young children, and she was on TV almost every week of the year.

She debuted in 1936 with her first film The Happening, where she haunted a German castle with a horrible smell. The film became quite successful and ran for several years, so they made a sequel, which came out the same year: 1937’s The Return of Dr. X!

Both films featured Temple as the incompetent babysitter who gets stuck taking care of an ancient locket that “gives” its owner supernatural powers.

Famous roles

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Despite her relatively uncelebrated early years, Temple had a handful of notable roles throughout her career. She played Annabelle D at Disney and starred as Kayla Thomas in The Annabelle Chronicles at younger and younger ages.

She also appeared in television series such as The Young Riders, Raggedy Anne, and The Shaggy Dog Club.

Her biggest break came in 1956 when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in My Fair Lady. She would go on to win the same award a second time four years later for her role as Mrs. Pelletier in A Man About Town.

Technically, she was only seventeen at the time, but she proved herself an instant veteran with an old-fashioned grace that belied her young age.

Her looks were another thing that made her famous, though. She was one of the first actors to be cast due to their large breasts, which led to iconic roles like Raggedy Ann.

The song girl

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She was the darling of the screen, appearing in some 150 films between 1934 and 1962, mostly in light comedies or stories where she was the star. She also did a few horror and thriller films in this time period.

She began her career as a child actress at age 2, when she appeared in The Living Beach from 1933 to 1935. Her other early film appearances were in The genie (1933), Where Are You, Cherry Pye Peekfoot? (1934), The Little Prince (1943) and Mary Poppins (1964).

After changing genres several times, she landed her first big movie role as Sarah Lawrence, hostess of a popular children’s television show of the 1950s and 60s. This led to several television series over the years, including Sarah Lawrence College TV show from 2004 to 2012.

Little Miss Fixit

shirley temple, the youngest, most sacred monster of the cinema in her time

She was one of the first monsters in cinema, debuting in 1927 with a short film, A Little Monster. She would go on to star in several films over the next few years, including 1928’s The Little Unknown and 1929’s Cool Hand Luke.

In her films, she battled evil moles and was always victorious. She even fought a bear once!

Bullet point: Her name was Shirley Temple Winters, Jr., and she lived for about a year after being born on February 23, 1926. After filming ended at the end of World War II, she struggled to find work as an actress.

Thankfully for us all, she did! She went on to make some very good movies during this period and regain some popularity as an actress. Her last film was 1955’s The Adventures of Region X.

Oscar winner

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Despite being one of the youngest people to star in a major movie, Shirley Temple did not go unnoticed. She was named Best Child Actress at the Academy Awards for her work in The Monster From outer Space.

She also won Best Toy Figures at the National Association of Theater Owners (NTOY) awards in 1955 and 1956. This was due to her work in The Salk, where she played Annie Oakley’s child muse.

An estimated 200 million Toy Detectives have been sold worldwide and have been loved by generations of children. Even today, children love watching The Salk and listening to its sounds because of it.

Shirley Temple was only six when she starred in this movie so she was very innocent and childlike.

Childhood star

shirley temple, the youngest, most sacred monster of the cinema in her time

After appearing in a handful of short films and a theatrical film during the late forties and early fifties, Shirley Temple began to gain international recognition in the motion picture Aesops Fable.

This film was released in 1950 and starred Cary Elwins as Aesop, a young monster who learns what it means to be a hero through an experience with an overbearing grandpa.

In this film, Aesop acquires his first job as gardener at his grandfathers house, which is exactly what he does for several years. While working as a gardener at his grandfathers house, he meets and bonds with an animal that he helps out of kindness alone.

Later on in the movie, when things get serious and dangerous, director Jon Amiel gives us one of our most iconic films: The Little Gardener.

Personality and looks

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Unlike many other movie monsters, Shirley Temple did not rely on blood or guts to be scary. Rather, her personality and looks made her a monster of the cinema.

Her films were very popular in the early years of television, so she continued to appear in movies through television as well. This popularity continued into adulthood, making her one of the most recognizable film monsters of all time.

Many people saw in Shirley Temple a perfect image of themselves: a cute and innocent kid who somehow becomes evil. This perception likely had a lot to do with her look: she was painted as kind and sweet, which was how she looked on screen.

The way she appeared was based off of makeup and special effects. During the 1940s and 1950s, there wasn’t much technology that could be used for special effects, so people had to put their faces under fake noses and scary masks. These were then used as props for evilness.

Personal life

shirley temple, the youngest, most sacred monster of the cinema in her time

Despite her youthful image, Shirley Temple was a seasoned movie star by the time she was 19. She first gained fame for her role as Baby Moon in the 1937 film The Baby Moon Kidnapping. This film introduced audiences to Baby Moon, a young girl who is taken into the woods and kept there by a mysterious man.

The man teaches her how to kill and move objects, which he says are his specialties. He makes her sleep in an old coffin and ropes up the lid so she can’t get out.

This movie shocked audiences at the time but still remains popular to this day. The story is mystery until near the end when it all comes together.

Another movie where she played this character is The Little Girl Who Asked which introduced us to Childe Harriman, one of her famous roles.


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