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The Littlest Rebel (1935)

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Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Virgie Cary
John Boles ...
Captain Herbert Cary
Colonel Morrison
Karen Morley ...
Mrs. Cary
Uncle Billy
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Sergeant Dudley (as Guinn Williams)
Willie Best ...
James Henry
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Bessie Lyle ...
Hannah Washington ...
Sally Ann


Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the officers are to be executed. Shirley and "Bojangles" Robinson beg President Lincoln to intercede. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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America's Little Sweetheart . . . The Dimpled Darling You Love in the Greatest of Civil War Dramas !


Comedy | Drama | Family | War


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Release Date:

27 December 1935 (USA)  »

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The Littlest Rebel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Both John Boles and Bill Robinson nearly drowned while trying to cross a raging, fifteen-foot river for an escape scene that was cut from the film. See more »


Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': Tell me what you've been doing.
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Well, I sewed up a hole in my dress, and Miss Robin let me sweep the stoop.
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': Why, you're becoming a regular little housewife!
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Daddy, when will they let you out?
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': No, no, come on now and tell me what you've been doing.
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Well, there's a little girl that lives across the street, and she has a pony, and she let me ride on it.
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': That's grand!
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: And she gave me some candy, and she's a yank, and she said she didn't care whether I was a rebel or not. And I said I didn't care if...
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Referenced in The Landlord (1970) See more »


(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Shirley Temple
Also played in the background as the troops are leaving for war
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This movie is really racist!
12 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Awesome tap dancing but really racist. Shirley Temple in blackface? All the little slave girls stammering with affection wanting so badly to give the white master's daughter a birthday present? This movie completely propagates the myth of the benevolent slave-holder. Also the James Henry character is portrayed with such a low IQ its surprising that he can breathe, every scene he is in seems to be prompting the audience to chuckle along at the "ignorant negro". Also, Shirley Temple is weirdly sexualized in this movie. There are scenes where at least three different adult males are nestling so closely face to face with the little girl that it is CREEPY. This movie was recently shown on TCM (Turner Classic Movies),which also just showed "Birth of a Nation" which I think they should change their name to RCM: Racist Cracker Movies, because they show films like these on their network (ergo implying that they are "classic", whatever that means) without preluding them with any critical discussion on the representation of racial dynamics in the films.

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