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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

18 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chudá bohatá holcicka  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The precision tap dance performed by Jack Haley, Alice Faye, and Shirley Temple required endless takes. Although Haley, Faye, and Temple were all excellent tap dancers, they found it extremely difficult to stay in sync for such a long and complicated number. See more »


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


Simon Peck: Now, remember, my dear, there's going to be a lot of people listening, but you mustn't be nervous, you mustn't be afraid.
Barbara Barry: Afraid of what?
Simon Peck: That's just the thing, my dear, there's nothing to be afraid of.
Barbara Barry: Do you want me to be afraid?
Simon Peck: Heavens no, darling! That's why I'm talking to you.
Barbara Barry: If I do get afraid, it'll be on account of you talking so much.
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Oh My Goodness
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Shirley Temple
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Nice Characters; Nice Movie
19 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is another very nice Shirley Temple film, one of the above-average ones for her (and most of hers were above-average to start with!). This one featured really nice characters, downplayed the villain, and had a lot of songs.

It didn't have as much tap dancing as I would like to have seen, but it did feature a prolonged dance at the end with Shirley, Jack Haley and Alice Faye.

The villain was some mysterious dude who was either a child molester or a kidnapper. It was never really explained. Thankfully, he had a small role. Otherwise, it was all good people and fun ones to watch. I like seeing Gloria Stuart in her early days, too.

The story is predictable, but most of them are and everyone winds up happy in the end. I find nothing wrong with that! It's all the better that Shirley winds up with vaudeville performers, guaranteeing we get a lot of musical entertainment in this movie. And.....where else but a Shirley Temple movie, would you have a song called "You've Got To Eat Your Spinach, Baby?"

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