When a Southern belle (Evelyn Venable) married a Yankee (John Lodge), her father (Lionel Barrymore), a former Confederate colonel, promptly disowned her. Now, years, later, the couple’s only daughter (Shirley Temple) visits the family plantation to meet her grandfather and heal old wounds. But will her spunk and a charming tap dance with the family butler (Bill “Bojangles” Robinson) be enough to win the crusty old man’s heart?
David Butler (December 17, 1894 – June 14, 1979) was an American actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter and television director.
Butler was born in San Francisco. His mother was an actress and his father was a theater stage manager. His first acting roles were playing extras in stage plays. He later appeared in two D.W. Griffith films, The Girl Who Stayed Home and The Greatest Thing in Life. He also appeared in the 1927 Academy-award winning film 7th Heaven. The same year he made his directorial debut with High School Hero, a comedy for Fox. During Butler’s nine-year tenure at Fox, he directed over thirty films, including four Shirley Temple vehicles. Butler’s last film for Fox, Kentucky, won Walter Brennan an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He then worked with Bing Crosby in Road to Morocco and If I Had My Way. He also directed Doris Day in Tea For Two, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Lullaby of Broadway, and Calamity Jane. During the late 50s and 1960s… read more