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Damon Runyon (story)
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Release Date:
1 June 1934 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adolphe Menjou ... Sorrowful Jones
Dorothy Dell ... Bangles Carson

Charles Bickford ... Big Steve Halloway

Shirley Temple ... Marthy 'Marky' Jane
Lynne Overman ... Regret
Warren Hymer ... Sore Toe
Sam Hardy ... Benny the Gouge
John Kelly ... Canvas Back
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Doc Chesley
John Sheehan ... Sun Rise, a Bookie
Frank Conroy ... Doctor Ingalls
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Bettor (uncredited)
Willie Best ... Dizzy Memphis (uncredited)
Phil Bloom ... Bookie (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Bettor (uncredited)
Veda Buckland ... Nurse (uncredited)
James Burke ... Detective Reardon (uncredited)
Wong Chung ... Chinese Cook (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Marky's Father (uncredited)
Tom Gardner ... (uncredited)
Mildred Gover ... Sarah, Bangles' Maid (uncredited)
Jack Green ... (uncredited)
Joseph Herrick ... Bookie (uncredited)
Willie Keeler ... Bookie (uncredited)
Crauford Kent ... Doctor (uncredited)
Texas Kid ... (uncredited)
Solly Kreiger ... (uncredited)
Jerry Mandy ... Barber (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Bookie (uncredited)
Barney O'Toole ... (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Grinder (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Bookie (uncredited)
Dream Prince ... Himself - a Horse (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Bangles' Pesty Sugar Daddy (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner ... Nurse (uncredited)
Huey White ... Eddie, a Bettor (uncredited)
Tammany Young ... Bugs (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alexander Hall 
Writing credits
Damon Runyon (story)

William R. Lipman (screenplay) &
Sam Hellman (screenplay) and
Gladys Lehman (screenplay)

Produced by
B.P. Schulberg .... producer
Original Music by
Ralph Rainger 
Cinematography by
Alfred Gilks (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William Shea (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
John B. Goodman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Earl S. Hayman .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Sigmund Krumgold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Tom Satterfield .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter (re-release)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
80 min | USA:79 min (re-release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1356-R, 31 August 1935 for re-release)

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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker:Can you write a letter to God like you do to Santa Claus?
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones:No, that's where praying comes in.
Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker:Bad girls like me can't pray.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones:Aw, you ain't a bad girl.
Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker:Then show me how to pray. I want to ask God for something.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones:You would. You lay down and go to sleep.
Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker:Regret knows everything. I'll ask Regret to show me how to pray.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones:Don't you go asking that mug Regret about anything. I'll show you how to pray.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Schmaltzy but highly entertaining, 1 February 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"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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