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The Littlest Rebel (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 27 December 1935 (USA)
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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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Family | War

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27 December 1935 (USA)  »

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A Pequena Rebelde  »

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Trivia

Both John Boles and Bill Robinson nearly drowned while trying to cross a raging, 15-foot river for an escape scene that was cut from the film. See more »

Quotes

Mammy Rosabelle: Praise the Lord, Mrs. Cary, he done come! The whole Yankee army couldn't stop him!
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Referenced in My Three Sons: The Littlest Rebel (1969) See more »

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Polly Wolly Doodle
(1880) (uncredited)
Traditional
Modified Music by Sidney Clare (1935)
Modified Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva (1935)
Sung by Shirley Temple with Bill Robinson
Reprised at the end by Shirley Temple
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Leaves You Feeling Good
29 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first Shirley Temple movie I ever watched (on VSH....hey, I'm not THAT old) and I still consider it one of her best.

That's because it has a great mixture of drama, comedy, song/dance and suspense. Almost all the characters are likable. The two dances scenes with Temple and Bill Robinson are excellent....a joy to watch. I don't know if Shirley ever looked cuter than in this film. She runs the gamut of emotions in here quite frequently.

The 74-minute story never has a lull. John Boles and Karen Moreley are people you root for, Willie Best provides good comedy and there is a surprising amount of suspense.

Overall, however, this is simply a sweet, sentimental film that leaves you feeling good after watching it.....and what's wrong with that?


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