Eddie Cantor and Shirley Temple at the premiere of Wee Willie Winkie, 1937.
Photoshoot for Heidi, 1937.
Shirley Temple in “Wee Willie Winkie” directed by John Ford
Shirley Temple in Heidi (1937)
Shirley Temple in Wee Willie Winkie, 1937.
This was purportedly a very rare ‘novelty’ recording of Shirley Temple singing two famous Japanese nursery rhymes, “Yuyake Koyake (夕焼け小焼け)”, and “Kutsu ga naru (靴が鳴る)”, in Japanese. According to sources, Temple was briefly visiting Japan for promoting her film “Dimples” and recorded this on March 11th, 1937, at Japan Polydor Studio at Tokyo, Japan. Despite the fact she learned the lyrics phonetically, there’s basically no errors on pronunciations; and it is pretty astonishing for a 8 year-old girl. This record had very few circulations; it was only released in Japan, and after WWII broke out, the Japanese government prohibited listening to records made by any ‘American enemies’, so it is even rare in Japan.
I am not aware that Shirley ever visited Japan, even if she did there is no mention it in her autobiography and there are no photographs of the visit.
It seems more likely that this was inspired by Stowaway and a possibly request from Japanese visitors to the studio? That is if it is actually her singing, it does sound like her.
Jean Hersholt and Shirley Temple in a promotional portrait for Heidi, 1937.
Shirley Temple and her mother greeting visitors from India on the Fox studio lot. - Behind the scenes of Heidi c. 1937
Shirley and director Allan Dwan on the set of Heidi (1937) as they greet visitor Irving Berlin and his daughter Mary Ellin Berlin
Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, December 1, 1937 by State Library of Queensland, Australia on Flickr. View this image at the State Library of Queensland: hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/224924
Information about State Library of Queensland’s collection: www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/picture-queensland