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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:
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Lloyd Sherman
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Colonel Lloyd
Evelyn Venable ...
Elizabeth
John Lodge ...
Jack Sherman
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Swazey
Stephen Chase ...
Hull (as Alden Chase)
William Burress ...
Dr. Scott
Frank Darien ...
Nebler
Robert Warwick ...
Colonel Gray
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Mom Beck
Geneva Williams ...
Maria
Avonne Jackson ...
May Lily
Nyanza Potts ...
Henry Clay
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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 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 <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Hail to the conquerer of ten million hearts.

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Comedy | Family

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22 February 1935 (USA)  »

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Nyanza Potts was so nervous about acting with Shirley Temple that he often missed his cues and forgot his lines. Temple took him aside and helped him rehearse, and afterward, no longer nervous around her, Potts performed perfectly. See more »

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

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[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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Featured in Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed (1968) See more »

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The Sun Shines Brighter (When You Go Singing Along)
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Lyrics by William Kernell
Music by Louis De Francesco
Sung by a group of Negro workers
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Among Shirley's very best.
15 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins just after the US Civil War. The Colonel (Lionel Barrymore) hates Yankees and is shocked when his daughter announces she's marrying one. In fact, he disowns her and she leaves. Time passes and now after several years, the daughter returns to her hometown with her adorable child, Lloyd (Temple). As for the husband, he's a businessman and is expected to soon join them.

For some time, the daughter and father ignore each other--both too proud to bend. However, Lloyd isn't afraid to talk to her grandpa when she sees him. In fact, she's VERY spunky and a bit bratty. So, when he talks down to her, she gives him what for and throws mud on him! Later, she returns and apologizes...and the pair begins a friendship. Over time, Lloyd's sweetness is able to mend fences and create a happy ending. But before this, she has to help her family, as some evil swindlers have taken her father captive! Oh my!

The interplay between Temple and Barrymore is great. Partly this is due to their both begin fantastic actors. Partly it helps because in this film, Shirley does not play all sweetness but is also delightfully bratty and strong-willed. She also is MAGNIFICENT in the scenes where she dances with Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson--the best of their several movies together. All in all, a completely delightful film--one of Shirley's very best. And, at the end there is a VERY garishly colored segment--very vivid--actually TOO vivid!

By the way, although you don't hear her sing much in films, Hattie McDaniel was also a professional singer and you get to hear a bit of her lovely voice as she BRIEFLY sings a song. Also, although black characters fare much better in this film than in other Shirley Temple films of the era, some might blanch at the fact that all the black people are VERY happy living in the segregated post Civil War South.


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