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The Little Colonel (1935)

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After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Sherman
Colonel Lloyd
Evelyn Venable ...
John Lodge ...
Jack Sherman
Stephen Chase ...
Hull (as Alden Chase)
William Burress ...
Dr. Scott
Frank Darien ...
Robert Warwick ...
Colonel Gray
Mom Beck
Geneva Williams ...
Avonne Jackson ...
May Lily
Nyanza Potts ...
Henry Clay


After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her crusty grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Hail to the conquerer of ten million hearts.


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA)  »

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The Little Colonel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shirley Temple memorized every line of dialogue in this movie, and while filming a scene with Lionel Barrymore, the veteran actor forgot a line. When Temple prompted him, Barrymore flew into a such a rage that one crew member took Temple away for fear that Barrymore might harm her. He later apologized to her, and they remained friends for many years. See more »


The position of Jack's hand changes, when he tells Elizabeth about the land he bought. See more »


[first lines]
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: [singing] Oh the days are gone when beauty bright my heart's chain wove, / When my dream of life from morn 'till night was love still love. / New hope may bloom and days may come of milder, calmer beam, / But there's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream. / Oh there's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream.
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Wade in the Water
(also known as "God's Gwinter Trouble De Water"
Traditional Negro spiritual
Sung by a group of Negro workers
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Okay, But Weaker Of Two Civil War Efforts Of 1935
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's odd that Shirley Temple made two similar movies in the same year, both involving Civil War-type story lines and her character being very similar. "The Littlest Rebel" took place during the Civil War and "The Little Colonel" took place right after the war.

For some reason, I get an extra feeling being choked up seeing Shirley melting a crabby old man's heart as she did in some of her films, this being one of them. Here, it's Lionel Barrymore who was fun to watch in any film.

The lead female role was played by Evelyn Venable and she really wasn't up to the standards, beauty-wise, set by previous Temple adult feminine leads such s Gloria Stuart, Karen Moreley, Rochelle Hudson, etc. But, that's not important.

The story was more important and in case - surprise - I found this to run a distant second to the aforementioned "The Littlest Rebel." This movie was, frankly, boring in comparison.

I am not one of the crying Liberals who boycott Temple''s films because blacks in these movies were denigrated. Unfortunately, that's what you saw in 1930s films....and what's done is done. However, the black characters in here are just plain treated embarrassingly bad. Everyone's Mr. Nice Guy (mine, too) Bill Robinson, didn't come on the scene and dance with Shirley until later in the film when I had lost interest.

Temple, meanwhile, is so cute that she's even likable when she's a brat, as she acts several times with the old man (but apologizes later for her behavior).

It's still a good film but I prefer the "Rebel" over the "Colonel" in the battle of these 1935 Civil War-themed stories.

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