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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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 14, 1940 with Shirley Temple reprising her film role. See more »


Col. Morrison: You're not leaving without saying goodbye to me, are you?
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Oh no, I was going to kiss you goodbye. And then tomorrow when I come, I'll do all my talking with you.
Col. Morrison: Oh, you switch around, eh?
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Well, Daddy said you tried to help us, so I made you my second daddy.
Col. Morrison: Nothing so nice ever happened to me.
Uncle Billy: We got's to hurry, missy.
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Goodbye, Yankee.
Col. Morrison: Goodbye, rebel darling.
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Goodbye, Daddy.
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': God love you, honey.
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Featured in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »


She and I
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge and Bill Robinson
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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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