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Our Little Girl (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 17 May 1935 (USA)
Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa ... See full summary »

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(as John Robertson)

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(screen play) (as Stephen Avery), (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Elsa Middleton
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Dr. Donald Middleton
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Rolfe Brent
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Sarah Boynton
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Mr. Tramp
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Alice
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Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa decide to get a divorce, unaware of the effect their problems are having on their daughter Molly. When Elsa announces plans to remarry, Molly runs away from home. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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17 May 1935 (USA)  »

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Heaven's Gate  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

Shirley Temple later said that she developed a "big crush" on Joel McCrea while filming this movie. See more »

Quotes

Molly Middleton: Why don't we have dinner anymore, Amy?
Amy: What do you mean, don't have dinner anymore? You have dinner every night, don't you?
Molly Middleton: I mean with Daddy and Mommy, like before.
Amy: Oh, I don't know. Anyway, it's none of my business.
Molly Middleton: Is it any of my business?
Amy: If those people would only go away and leave them alone, everything would be all right.
Molly Middleton: If who would go away and leave them alone, Amy?
Amy: That nurse and that Mr. Brent.
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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the piano by Shirley Temple
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Our little Shirley stars in a real tear jerker but the wee gal still brings a smile to anyone's face
2 October 2008 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Dr. Donald Middleton (Joel McCrea) wanted to be a research physician, discovering important cures. However, when his wife, Elsa (Rosemary Ames) became pregnant, he settled for being a smalltown, New England family physician. Still, he is conducting his own experiments on the side but the result is that he works extremely long hours. Elsa has been patient, for she loves her husband and knows he cares for her and their daughter, Molly (Shirley Temple). Dr. Don still manages to take a break for Molly's "May and September Saturdays", that is, two picnics at a local park called Heaven's gate, where Don and Elsa met. One day, a handsome, rich male neighbor returns to his mansion next door. He invites Elsa and Don to ride with him on various mornings, but only Elsa has time for it. Trouble starts to brew when the neighbor makes a big play for the beautiful Elsa and Dr. Don continues to spend more time away from the house. Just what will be the result? This is a tearjerker of a film which, nevertheless, produces giggles, also, when Shirley is on the screen with her beloved doggie, Sniff. Just like any little girl, Shirley's Molly is pretty oblivious to problems at home so she continues to sing, dance, and crack jokes, even when her parents are having severe problems. McCrea is very good as the fine but workaholic father while Ames is pretty and touching as the neglected wife. All other lesser actors do a nice job, too. The picnic scenes are beautiful, the costumes quite acceptable, and the storyline is a true heartgrabber. Therefore, if you want to see Shirley in a smile-through-my-tears little flick, get this one soon. It might even bring estranged couples together again, for its support of marital reconciliation is very uplifting, even as the kiddies are entertained, too.


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