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UPDATED 03/20/1989 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/20/1989 at 01:00 AM EST


Movie history is crammed with glamour girls, macho males, chronic villains and character specialists. However there has been only one Shirley Temple. No other preteen actor has ever come close to her in projecting unaffected charm, intelligence and just plain cuteness. This remastered, repackaged set includes 19 of Temple's most appealing films, all released before 1941, by which time she was an over-the-hill 13 years old. It includes Bright Eyes, in which she sings "On the Good Ship Lollipop," all six of her collaborations with Bill Robinson, and Captain January, in which an 8-year-old Shirley dances so endearingly with the gangly Buddy Ebsen. Despite the passage of years, there is still something about that round little open, innocent face that transcends cynicism, reflecting all the qualities we hope to see in our own children—and wish we could still see in ourselves. (Playhouse, SI 9.98 each)

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