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Little Miss Marker (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 1 June 1934 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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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 Miss Eli

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Lucille Ward is in studio records for the role of Mrs. Walsh, but she did not appear in the film. Modern sources add Hattie McDaniel, Bill Robinson, Bessie Lyle and Nora Cecil (as Head of Home Finding Society), but none of these actors were in the film either. See more »

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When Marky asks to sit on the piano, Bangles leans down and picks her up. In the next shot, she leans down and picks Marky up again. See more »

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Marky's Father: I want to bet twenty dollars on Dream Prince to win.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: Not with an IOU.
Marky's Father: But I've already lost over five hundred dollars with you.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: I wouldn't take an IOU from my best friend. If I had a best friend.
Marky's Father: Now, Jones, be reasonable. I don't have the twenty on me, but I can get it.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: Then get it.
Marky's Father: But I might not be back in time for the race.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: That's your tough luck. No markers!
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I'm a Black Sheep Who's Blue
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Dorothy Dell in the cabaret
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Schmaltzy but highly entertaining
1 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Little Miss Marker" has been remade many times. Now, after seeing some of these films it's nice to finally see the original. The story is based on a Damon Runyan story and was one of Shirley Temple's earliest full-length roles.

The film stars Adolph Menjou as Sorrowful Jones--a hard-hearted bookie whose all-consuming love of money and gambling is soon to be challenged by a cute kid. That's because a sap leaves her (Shirley Temple) at the gambling establishment--with the intention on coming back for her. But, when he loses, he kills himself--leaving little 'Marky' an orphan. Now you'd think that Jones would take the child to the police. However, he comes up with a scheme with an even harder-hearted guy, Big Steve (Charles Bickford)--they'll register a horse in the child's name and then take the kid to the cops AFTER the big race! There is a problem with the plan, however--they don't realize how absolutely marvelous the child is and how she'll melt their stony hearts. There's much more to the film than this--see it and have a nice time doing so. The film gets very high marks for entertainment value, and Temple IS about the cutest thing you've ever seen! The film isn't perfect and makes little sense, but if you can just sit back and enjoy the film for what it is, then you will no doubt be happy you did. A swell film.


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