Heidi (1937)

G  |   |  Family, Drama  |  15 October 1937 (USA)
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A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Treacher ...
Helen Westley ...
Thomas Beck ...
Pauline Moore ...
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Delmar Watson ...
Egon Brecher ...
Inn Keeper
Christian Rub ...
George Humbert ...
Organ Grinder
Sig Ruman ...
Police Captain (as Sig Rumann)


Eight-year-old Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with Adolph Kramer, her grumpy, old, outcast, survivalist paternal grandfather. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her angelic ways, sheer love, and adorable personality. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion of a rich man's invalid daughter, the grandfather is enraged and sets out to get her back. Back in Frankfurt, loved and adored by everyone she touches except the villainous housekeeper, Fraulein Rottenmeier, she thrives but is inwardly very sad and lonely. No matter what anyone tells her, Heidi, with faith, hope, and the stubbornness she inherited from her grandfather, knows that some day she will be reunited with the him and the beloved people of the mountain's little village. Written by Terry Ann Smulen

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Shirley's A Little Swiss Miss In The Loveliest Story of Her Career !


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Release Date:

15 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Haidei  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marcia Mae Jones received fan mail from disabled children all over the world after playing Klara in this movie. See more »


When Heidi and her grandfather are sledding, the close-up shots show grandfather's arms around Heidi and he's holding the pointed ends of the sled's upright runner tips. The far-away shots show them in a much larger sled, with grandfather holding reins that are attached to the runner tips, which are several feet in front of them. See more »


[first lines]
Dete: [discovering Heidi undressing in the street] Heidi! Put those on!
Heidi: Oh, not everything. I'm so hot!
Dete: Well, keep on your Sunday dress, and your coat. Hurry up.
Heidi: Oh, all right.
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Referenced in Triple-X Tom (2005) See more »


In Our Little Wooden Shoes
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Performed by Shirley Temple
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User Reviews

Not true to the book, but oh Shirley!
2 March 2008 | by (Carbondale, IL) – See all my reviews

The story of Heidi is kind of hard to present to film-goers. As a book it's wonderful and engaging, but it's just not movie material. Thus we get versions like this, with kidnapping and gypsies and an evil witch of a Fraulein Rottenmeier who wants to keep Klara sick and bring Heidi down.

But how can you not love Shirley Temple? She just takes any movie and makes it golden! And we also have the heart of the story: a little girl who teaches a grumpy old man to open up his heart again. And those two things by themselves help the movie to shine.

A wonderful classic, especially for young viewers, but also good for the young at heart!

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