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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Having acted with him four years before in To the Last Man (1933), Shirley Temple chose Delmar Watson to play Peter in this movie. See more »


After Heidi starts undressing in the street, her pile of clothes disappears between shots. 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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Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played by the organ grinder
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Marvelous film.
5 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my top 40 favorite films, of all time. Can watch this movie over and over again. My Grandson will watch the entire movie with me, and he is just four years old. From the moment Heidi arrives on the mountain to live with her Grandfather, the film captures ones imagination. The spirit of Heidi, the bond she develops with her Grandfather. Her finding a bed in the straw with the coverlet, milking the goat, carrying a load of firewood on her back, and my Grandson's favorite scene, sledding down the snow covered mountain on a sled, all show the child's perfect life with her Grandfather. When disrupted by her mean-spirited Aunt, and taken to live in the city, Heidi is instantly a favorite of Clara, the Butler and Clara's father. Once again, heart warming scenes capture the spirit of the girl. The monkey shines, the school lessons, the manners taught, all paint a vivid picture. None the less, Heidi and the Grandfather can not be kept apart, and each fights a mighty battle to be rejoined. Don't miss this fabulous film, a favorite around the holidays, when Heidi sings "Silent Night", I challenge you to keep a tear from your eye. Beautiful film.

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