Miss Annie Rooney

Miss Annie Rooney
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Produced by Edward Small
Written by George Bruce
Music by Darrell Calker
Cinematography Lester White
Edited by Fred R. Feitshans Jr.
Edward Small Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • May 29, 1942 (1942-05-29) (United States)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Miss Annie Rooney is a 1942 American drama film directed by Edwin L. Marin. The screenplay by George Bruce has some similarities to the silent film, Little Annie Rooney starring Mary Pickford, but otherwise the films are unrelated. Miss Annie Rooney is about a teenager (Shirley Temple) from a humble background who falls in love with a rich high school boy (Dickie Moore). She is snubbed by his social set, but, when her father (William Gargan) invents a better rubber synthetic substitute, her prestige rises. Notable as the film in which Shirley Temple received her first screen kiss and Moore said it was his first kiss ever.[1][2] The film was panned.


Annie Rooney (Shirley Temple), the 14-year-old daughter of a struggling salesman, falls in love with rich, 16-year-old Marty White (Dickie Moore). While at first Marty's snobbish friends give Annie the cold shoulder, her jitterbug dancing skills impress, and soon she is a welcome addition to their circle. Marty's wealthy mother and father, who own a rubber-making business, are not as easily persuaded of Annie's worth. But when her father manages to invent a new form of synthetic rubber, her triumph is complete.



Temple signed to make one film for United Artists and it was to be either Little Annie Rooney or Lucky Sixpence. It was eventually decided to film the former.[3] The title was changed to Miss Annie Rooney to reflect Temple's maturity; she was paid $50,000 for her performance.[4]

Temple was 14 when the film was made and received a much ballyhooed on-screen kiss (from Moore, on the left cheek).[5]


The film was her second attempt at a comeback but its teen culture theme was dated and the film flopped. Temple retired again for another two years (Windeler 219). Later, she told Moore the film was a "terrible picture" (Edwards 136).

Reviews were poor.[6][7]


Critical reception

The New York Times thought, ""Miss Annie Rooney" is a very little picture. In fact, it is a very grim little picture [...] Gingerly, very gingerly, producer Edward Small is breaking the news to the publicbaby Shirley doesn't live here any more. Gone are the days of the toddling tot, the days of milk-teeth and tonsils. Instead, we now see a Miss Temple in the awkward age between the paper-doll and sweater-girl period, an adolescent phenomenon who talks like a dictionary of jive and combines this some how with quotations from Shakespeare and Shaw."[8] Variety remarked, "Shirley is still a conscientious worker in any film that comes her way, even though her appeal remains limited to less sophisticated tastes", and The New Yorker thought the film, "not much, about not much" (Edwards 135).

The film currently holds a three and a half star rating (6.9/10) on IMDb.

Home media

In 2009, the film was available on videocassette. As of 2013 the film is available on Netflix Instant Streaming.

See also


Works cited
Web citations
  1. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/83600/Miss-Annie-Rooney/trivia.html
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/12/entertainment/dickie-moore-child-star-dies/
  3. Shirley Temple to Make Film for United Artists After 'Kathleen' at Metro: DIETRICH FILM TO OPEN 'Flame of New Orleans,' to Be Seen at Rivoli Tonight -- 'Black Cat' at Rialto By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILLSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Apr 1941: 17.
  4. HOLLYWOOD SOIREE: Being Some Sidelights on the Academy Awards Presentations -- Other Items By THOMAS F. BRADYHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 08 Mar 1942: X3.
  5. $3,000,000 SHIRLEY! Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 22 Mar 1942: D3.
  6. ' Miss Annie Rooney,' Starring Shirley Temple, Opens at the Rivoli -- 'Powder Town,' With Victor McLaglen, at Rialto T.S.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 08 June 1942: 11
  7. Shirley Crashes Society in 'Little Annie Rooney' Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 July 1942: A8.
  8. "Miss Annie Rooney" Opens at the Rivoli, The New York Times, 1942-06-08, retrieved 2009-10-15
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