After spending her formative years entertaining crowds while her grandfather (Frank Morgan) picked their pockets, Sylvia “Dimples” Appleby (Shirley Temple) catches the eye of a wealthy widow (Helen Westley), who hires her to perform at a society party. Despite grandpa’s bad behavior (he steals openly from the party’s guests), the show goes off so well that the widow wants to adopt Dimples. But can her grandfather afford to lose her?
William A. Seiter (June 10, 1890 – July 26, 1964) was an American film director. He was born in New York City. After attending Hudson River Military Academy, Seiter broke into films in 1915 as a bit player at Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios, doubling a cowboy. He graduated to director in 1918.
At Universal Studios in the mid-1920s, Seiter was principal director of the popular Reginald Denny vehicles, most of which co-starred Seiter’s then wife Laura La Plante (his second wife was actress Marian Nixon). This period also included The Beautiful and Damned and The Family Secret.
In the early talkie era, Seiter helped nurture the talents of RKO’s comedy duo Wheeler & Woolsey in such rollicking features as Caught Plastered (1931) and Diplomaniacs (1933). He also directed the Laurel and Hardy feature Sons of the Desert (1933), their only film together. Other films include Sunny, Going Wild, Kiss Me Again, Hot Saturday, Way Back Home, Girl Crazy, Rafter Romance, Roberta, Room… read more