Just Around the Corner (1938)
Just Around the Corner
Comedy / Musical
Director: Irving Cummings
Cast: Shirley Temple, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell, Amanda Duff, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson and Bert Lahr
In this film Shirley Temple manages to end the Depression all on her own. She plays 10-year old Penny Hale who lives in a basement with her lonely father Jeff. He used to be a successful architect, but now works as janitor-engineer at a hotel after the Wall Street Crash. Penny enjoys her time in the hotel, rambling around the fancy hotel. Kitty the maid and the rest of the staff are always making sure she is not getting into any trouble. Her father informs her that the only person who can end the Depression is Uncle Sam, which results in Penny believing that billionaire mogul S. G. Henshaw is Uncle Sam since he wears a goatee. Captivating the irritable Henshaw, Penny persuades him to help end the Depression. He takes her advice and helps the economy by establishing a huge amount of new jobs, which gives Jeff a new life as well with his love Lola.