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Our Little Girl (1935)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  17 May 1935 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Molly Middleton
Rosemary Ames ...
Elsa Middleton
Dr. Donald Middleton
Rolfe Brent
Erin O'Brien-Moore ...
Sarah Boynton
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Mr. Tramp
Poodles Hanneford ...
Circus Performer
Margaret Armstrong ...
Rita Owin ...
Leonard Carey ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

17 May 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heaven's Gate  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The studio thought that this film's original title, "Heaven's Gate," sounded too much like a cemetery and changed it to "Our Little Girl." See more »


Sarah Boynton: Now that we've gotten positive results from the cultures, I'm sure you'll be able to prove your entire theory.
Dr. Donald Middleton: If I only can, it'll mean the beginning of a whole new treatment.
Sarah Boynton: And don't worry about things while you're away.
Dr. Donald Middleton: What do you mean? Why should I?
Sarah Boynton: Oh, uh, I meant about the patients. I'm sure I'll be able to take care of them in your absence.
Dr. Donald Middleton: I know I can always count on you, Boynton.
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Lullaby to a Doll
(1935) (uncredited
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Shirley Temple
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Though treacly, this film involves a serious look at divorce through the eyes of a small child.
17 August 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Unusual for its time, "Our Little Girl" is about the disintegration of a marriage as seen through the eyes of a little girl. Dad's a busy and preoccupied doctor and medical researcher who is oblivious to his family and his adoring nurse. Mom's bored and lonely at home and Dad won't hear of her coming back to work in the office. Rolfe, a rich horsey neighbor, takes her riding and you know the rest. What's interesting, however, is how the breakup of the marriage impacts the life of the little girl. She is baffled and disoriented and she blames herself for destroying her parents' happiness. She can't warm up to Rolfe who tries unsuccessfully to buy her friendship. Ultimately, she runs away from home. Things are whitewashed by an implausible feel-good happy ending but up to that point the treatment of the catastrophic effects of divorce on a small child is done very well. Shirley, of course, is adorable as always.

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