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The Littlest Diplomat (1937)

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Young Sybil visits her grandfather, a British Colonel stationed at a garrison in India, and she helps negotiate a diplomatic truce between him and the local natives.



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At an outpost near Peshawar, gruff Colonel Hardwick wants to put down the local rebellious Khan with bullets and bayonets, but the British government wants to try diplomacy, so Sir Harmon, the civilian leader, orders Hardwick to make no belligerent moves. The outpost is paid an unannounced visit by Sybil Hardwick, the colonel's granddaughter. The charming Sybil, an orphan of about seven, is strong-willed, so when her grandfather orders her to stay in her room, she leaves through the window. She's soon picked up by the Khan's men. The colonel defies Sir Harmon and rides with his men toward the Khan's encampment intent on shooting up the place and rescuing Sybil. A surprise awaits. Written by <>

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7 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Warner Bros. short promotes Sybil Jason as a Shirley Temple possibility...
6 September 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SYBIL JASON was a very capable child actress who by this time was being promoted by Warner Bros. as their own Shirley Temple. A vehicle like this (a full-length version) had already served as the type of story you'd expect to find Temple starring in.

Had the studio found better properties for Jason, the idea to promote her as another Temple might have worked.

It's a Wee Willie Winkie sort of thing with Sybil visiting her grandfather at a garrison where the gruff man is not very popular with the regiment. In the course of twenty minutes, she melts his heart and forges diplomacy between him and his sworn enemy.

The sets look like leftovers from "The Charge of the Light Brigade" except that they're in Technicolor for this one. Sybil is charming but a bit mechanical in her delivery of the hokey lines.

The predictable plot has her escaping from the fort when her grandfather is too harsh with her and kidnapped by an Indian tribe. Their leaders has a heart to heart talk with her that convinces him to return her safely to the fort.

All that's missing is a smiling close-up of Sybil, a la Temple--everything else is a cookie cutter mini-version of a Temple vehicle.

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