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Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)

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The daughter of a wealthy businessman becomes lost in the city while traveling to a new school, and is taken in by a pair of down-on-their-luck performers.



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Complete credited cast:
Jerry Dolan
Margaret Allen
Jimmy Dolan
Michael Whalen ...
Richard Barry
Sara Haden ...
Claude Gillingwater ...
Simon Peck
Paul Stanton ...
George Hathaway
Henry Armetta ...
Charles Coleman ...
Arthur Hoyt ...
Percival Gooch
Tyler Brooke ...
Mathilde Comont ...
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Little Barbara gets lost and is then picked up by entertainers who make her part of their act. Barbara's father hears the act on the radio and finds his lost daughter. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

18 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pobre niña rica  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play, "The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates, opened in New York at the Hudson Theater on 21 January 1913 and closed in June 1913 after 160 performances. Besides Viola Dana in the starring role, the opening night cast included Alan Hale. The play is based on Gates' novel published in 1912. See more »


In the end credits, actress Sara Haden's first name is misspelled as "Sarah." See more »


Barbara Barry: [singing] My boss Mr. Cupid told me to make hearts loop the loop, never ever to sing about the Good Ship Lollipop or animal crackers in my soup.
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Version of The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) See more »


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(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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26 January 2002 | by (Here) – See all my reviews's still vastly entertaining. It was common practice for 20th Century Fox to buy film rights to a classic novel, and turn it into a Shirley Temple vehicle that has not even a passing resemblance to the original. The book "The Poor Little Rich Girl" is far more tragic than this cute-fest, but as an entertainment film, it certainly succeeds.

The performances are right up there. One of my favourite screen stars Alice Faye is so brilliant, she never gets lost in Temple's glare as do so many of her costars. Jack Haley is hilarious, and the songs are amazing. Alas, Gloria Stuart isn't given much to do but she looks wonderful.

Favourite moments include the spaghetti-eating scene, Shirley's conversation with the curb-side porter and of course "You Gotta Eat Your Spinach Baby." Fine film for parents to watch with their kids.

Try to get the original black and white version if you can, the colorized version looks a little weird.

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