Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies...
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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 »
Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.
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Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies take to her, reluctantly at first, but their cynical ways start to rub off on her. Will a party set at Camelot bring back her faith in humanity? Written by
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its first television presentations launched the MCA/Paramount Library both in Toledo Sunday 4 January 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia Monday 5 January 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by St. Louis Sunday 11 January 1959 on KMOX (Channel 4) and by New York City Monday 26 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Milwaukee it first aired 5 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 2 June 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Los Angeles 14 September 1959 on KNXT (Channel 2), in Grand Rapids 23 December 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), and in Detroit 25 December 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), but in San Francisco it was not telecast until Thanksgiving Day Thursday 24 November 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5). It's earliest documented airing in Chicago took place 9 January 1964 on WBBM (Channel 2). This was first released on DVD 19 April 2005 in tandem with Little Miss Marker (1934) as the Shirley Temple - Little Darling Pack and since that time has also enjoyed an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
When Marky and Bangles sing "Laugh, You Son of a Gun," Bangles's mouth doesn't move when she says "You son of a gun." See more »
You guys ought to be ashamed of yourselves, tossing that kid around like she was a rubber ball.
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A tiny child, left as an IOU at a race track by her insolvent father, charms her way into the hearts of a group of hard-boiled gamblers.
Shirley Temple - not quite six years old - became a full-fledged movie star with LITTLE MISS MARKER. Loaned out to Paramount for the one picture, she emerged as a top of the bill powerhouse prepared to return to Fox Studios and become the most popular performer in Hollywood for the next five years. With genuine talent & an infectious sparkle, she would carve out her unassailable niche in film history.
To its credit, the fast moving script allows her to be a little less than saintly, with a normal dose of cranks & crotchets. Even so, her costars, as well as the audience, become her willing slaves in short order. Adolphe Menjou, as the cynical gambler who takes her in, and Charles Bickford as his tough boss, find themselves completely overwhelmed by the mighty moppet. Both of these gentlemen were abundantly experienced actors, used to controlling viewers' attentions in their screen scenes; it must have been somewhat odd for them to be reduced to so much stage dressing - but Shirley's ascendant flood swamped all other boats.
The Damon Runyon story is well served by the rest of the colorful cast, but it is easy to regret every minute the Small One does not appear on screen. Shirley became quite close to pretty Dorothy Dell, playing a nightclub chanteuse involved with both Bickford & Menjou. The news of Miss Dell's tragic death in a car wreck soon after filming completed was kept from Shirley for some time.
Movie mavens will recognize Willie Best as a friendly janitor & Tammany Young as a bettor, both uncredited.
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