Re:RIP Shirley Temple
Coincidentally, I just saw one of her films with the great Bill Robinson, "The Littlest Rebel," on TV a few days ago. I'd never seen it before. In addition to the great musical number with Robinson, it includes some rather controversial elements -- Shirley in blackface at one point (in an attempt to elude capture by marauding Union troops) -- and is generally quite sympathetic toward the "rebel" cause and slavery (something like "Gone with the Wind"). I think that must be the reason I don't recall every seeing it on TV as a child, whereas all the other films were shown. That said, having seen it, I'm with Leonard Maltin who said it is probably one of her best films. Her performance is outstanding.
I also remember the "Shirley Temple's Storybook" anthology series on TV (on NBC, I think) in the late 1950s/early 60s. Some of them were conventional fairy tales, but I remember two in particular: "The Princess and the Goblin" and, of all things, "The House of Seven Gables." Shirley Temple always hosted them and sometimes acted in them. I thought they were wonderful at the time, and it's amazing to me how they've stuck with me all these years later.