Little Miss Marker wouldn't have been decent collateral for a stick of bubble gum. Shirley Temple plays 'Marky' who is put up as a marker at the track. Her father ends up disappearing, and Adolphe Menjou who plays Sorrowful Jones maintains custody of the girl. It's a story about a little girl who saves a man while the man ruins the little girls innocence (NOT like that...you sicko). The man then saves the little girl...after all...you can't kill off Shirley Temple. The story isn't terrible, but the execution is. Shirley only has 1 musical number in the whole film, and the whole party & dream sequence is just stupid at the end. It would have been nice to have a little more star power in the film...aside from Shirley their really isn't anyone notable.
Laugh You Son Of A Gun by Dorothy Dell & Shirley Temple
"Dorothy Dell and Shirley Temple became good friends while filming this movie. When Dell died in a car crash shortly after the movie was completed, Temple was shielded from the news for as long as possible." - IMDB
Fun Fact: Adolphe Menjou was having difficulty with a particular line in the script. After the prompting of others on the set, Shirley Temple turned to director Alexander Hall and asked, "Is it too late to replace Mr. Menjou on this picture?" - IMDB