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Little Big Shot (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  7 September 1935 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sybil Jason ...
Gloria
Glenda Farrell ...
Jean
Robert Armstrong ...
Steve
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Jack La Rue ...
Doré (as Jack LaRue)
Arthur Vinton ...
Kell
J. Carrol Naish ...
Bert (as J. Carroll Naish)
Edgar Kennedy ...
Onderdonk
Addison Richards ...
Hank Gibbs
Joe Sawyer ...
Doré's Henchman (as Joseph Sauers)
Emma Dunn ...
Orphanage Matron
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Kell's Henchman
Tammany Young ...
Ralph Lewis - the Rajah
Murray Alper ...
Doré's Henchman
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Doré's Henchman
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Byron Haskin took over as director of photography when Tony Gaudio started work on Dr. Socrates (1935). See more »

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Rolling in the Money
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Sybil Jason with the musicians in front of the Tivoli Theatre
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Tiny Sybil Jason Scores Big In Comedy Caper
17 June 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Two smalltime con artists find themselves in possession of their dead friend's infant daughter. Soon, the LITTLE BIG SHOT has the gents wrapped around her tiny fingers.

Here is the sort of cinematic fluff which Warner Bros. did so well in the 1930's: a little crime, some comedy & a dash of romance. Well-produced & entertaining, Depression Era audiences flocked to these pictures to forget about the real worries of the day.

South African Sybil Jason, all of 6-years old, steals the viewers' hearts right away. With her dainty accent & huge, luminous eyes, she is a real charmer and worthy of the top star billing she receives here. Today she is perhaps best remembered as Shirley Temple's servant girl sidekick in THE LITTLE PRINCESS (1939).

Robert Armstrong is first-rate as the tough, street smart peddler who protects the tiny tot. Outside of playing KONG's captor, the majority of his starring roles are quite obscure now. So, it is great fun here to see him play a fast-talking flimflam artist who melts at a child's broken heart, yet can duke it out with crooks like a house on fire. Blonde, brassy Glenda Farrell is perfect as a no-nonsense dame who sees through Armstrong's cynical facade. Farrell was a lady always worth watching, capable of slinging dialogue with the best of them, yet warmhearted & tender when need be.

Gaunt, nervous, Edward Everett Horton is wonderful as Armstrong's partner-in-crime. In a variety of cheap, goofy disguises, he is nothing less than hilarious as he attempts to fleece sidewalk crowds into buying worthless watches. He leads a small parade of character actors - Jack La Rue, J. Carrol Naish, Tammany Young, Ward Bond & slow-burn Edgar Kennedy - who, even in small roles, never fail to provide full entertainment value.


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