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Oct 22 2008

“Make mine a Shirley Temple, please…”

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I was watching TV the other night, and as the commercials came on I went into the kitchen to get some coffee. While I was out there, I heard a little familiar voice singing about what she wanted to do when she grew up.

It was a commercial from the Svenska Spel, the Swedish state run gambling and betting company, and the message was that you’re not allowed to gamble until you’re 18…

The song was just so cute, and I simply HAD to look it up!

“When I grow up”, from the movie “Curly Top” in 1935.


I get a terr’ble awful ache
Specially when it rains
At first I was a fraidy cat
but now I know its growing pains
Gosh oh gee, can’t you see
I’ll soon be grown up tall
So Ive got to think what I will be
When I’m no longer small



When I grow up
In a year or two or three
I’ll be happy as can be
Like a birdie in the tree

When I grow up
There’s a lot I want to do
I will have real dollies too
Like the woman in the shoe

I want to be a teacher
So the children can say
Teacher dear the gang’s all here
With apples today

When I grow up
I will have a big surprise
For I’ll bake the kind of pies
That will make you roll your eyes

And if you see
That you need some company
You can call me up and I’ll come down
When I grow up

When I am sweet sixteen
I’m going to a ball
Of all the ladies there
I’d like to be the best of all
I’ll wear a dress of silver lace
They’ll call me Princess Curly
I’ll be like Cinderella
‘Cept I won’t get home so early

I want to meet a handsome prince
With a uniform of gold
But I won’t lose my slippers
‘Cos my tootsies might get cold
I’ll talk of queens and dance with kings
Like a little princess would
But if I could only do these things I promise I’ll be good

When I’m twentyone
I wish that I could look
Like a picture that I saw
In a pretty story book

A lady all dressed up in white
With flowers in her hand
And such a veil I never saw
The biggest in the land

Four little girls were standing there
Much tinier than me
And they all carried baskets
They looked happy as can be

Everyone was smiling
And having lots of fun
I wish that I could be like that
When I am twentyone

When I get very very old
I’ll stay at home all day
But I haven’t quite made up my mind
Its much too far away

I think that I would like to be
Like the lady on the wall
She looks so nice and comfy
In her rocking chair and all

That little cap upon her head
She looks real pretty too
I like her long and funny dress
I like her hair don’t you

It must be oh so quiet
You can hear the tick of the clock
But it must be fun to have nothing to do
But rock and rock and rock

Since I am the kind of person who likes to look things up, I then began looking for other things with Shirley Temple, and to my surprise I came across a little movie that I remembered from my childhood, watching old black-and-white matinée movies on TV during the weekends… I remember laughing a lot while watching this one.

Shirley Temple’s very FIRST dialogue role (as “Charmaine”), in the movie “War Babies” from 1932.


A bit of trivia: Shirley Temple’s parents, George and Gertrude Temple, took their daughter to see this movie at a local theater. Gertrude later recalled, “The picture lasted ten minutes. Shirley merely flitted across the screen a few times and said only two lines. But my head swam and the goose flesh popped out on my arms. I think I cried a little. George squeezed my hand. We were proud. It was our little girl doing something wonderful, like saying her first words, and we were happy.”

Here are Shirley’s lines – most of it is in French, a language Shirley didn’t understand at all:

Captain Flagg: Howd’ya like my baby? C’mere, nice gal, I got a present for ya!
Charmaine: Oui, mon cher?

Soldier: I seen Sergeant Quirt, and he said he took her away from Flagg.
Captain Flagg: Oh, yeah? Well, you tell that slug the man ain’t made that can take my gal! Ain’t that right, baby?
Charmaine: Absolutely, mon capitaine.

Captain Flagg: Listen, baby, I gots to go now. You be good till I get back. And stay away from that slug Sergeant Quirt! He’s a snake in the grass!
Charmaine: Mais oui, mon cher capitaine.
Captain Flagg: Okay, baby.

Now, how about that Shirley Temple that I ordered?!?

A ShirleyTemple is a sweet, non-alcoholic drink named after the child actress Shirley Temple. The drink was invented for Shirley by a bartender in Beverly Hills, CA. The bartender worked at Chasen’s restaurant, a place Shirley Temple often frequented as a child. Since she clearly could not drink alcohol, Chasen’s sought a drink that would appeal to Shirley’s young palate, and the Shirley Temple was born.

It’s very unusual to see a traditional Shirley Temple today. The original recipe called for two parts ginger ale, one part orange juice and about a teaspoon to tablespoon of grenadine. It was usually garnished with a cherry and possibly an orange slice. While the cherry remains, and is many children’s favorite part about the Shirley Temple, most modern versions of the drink don’t include orange juice.

The ginger ale in the modern Shirley Temple is usually substituted with lemon-lime soda. These include sodas like Sprite or 7-Up, but usually not Mountain Dew since it is high in caffeine. Sometimes the Shirley Temple is made with Squirt, which has notes of grapefruit flavor in it.

The goal of the Shirley Temple is to contrast the sparkle and acid of the soda base with the sweet grenadine. Too much grenadine makes the drink painfully sweet, so a minimal amount should be added. Grenadine really functions as color, as opposed to flavor. A related drink is the Roy Rogers cocktail, made from cola and grenadine — essentially a cherry coke.

Due to the popularity of Shirley Temple the actress, the drink created for her caught on, and children dining out with their parents were apt to order a Shirley Temple. Today children may order one without understanding the reference. A few companies attempted to bottle the Shirley Temple, leading to the first soft drink that actually contained a cherry. These bottled attempts gradually lost popularity, but you can still find cherry 7-Up, representing the modern Shirley Temple.

Unlike many mixed drinks that are created for adults and modified for children, the Shirley Temple underwent a reverse process. People wanted to make the drink alcoholic, and tried by adding various alcohols to the drink. A Shirley Temple Black mixes 7-up, Kahlua and grenadine. A Dirty Shirley, also called a Shirley Vomit, is a combination of lemon-lime soda, vodka and grenadine.

(Drinking isn’t allowed in Sweden until you’re 18 as well, same age as for gambling…)

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