Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.
After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years ... See full summary »
Dimples Appleby lives with the pick-pocket grandfather in 19th century New York City. She entertains the crowds while he works his racket. A rich lady makes it possible for the girl to go legit. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is performed.
Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »
Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the ... See full summary »
After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair.
Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... See full summary »
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
Delmar Watson was not allowed to study his lines in advance. Because director Allan Dwan wanted Peter to seem slow, Watson was not given his lines until the day before they were filmed. See more »
Heidi's grandfather uses a wooden bench to smash through the iron bars of his jail cell to escape. See more »
[discovering Heidi undressing in the street]
Heidi! Put those on!
Oh, not everything. I'm so hot!
Well, keep on your Sunday dress, and your coat. Hurry up.
Oh, all right.
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Credits are printed into a Heidi storybook. Pages are turned by a hand. See more »
Some people have said this is Shirley Temple's best film. It's not my
favorite but I admit it is very, very good....and it has some of the
most touching, wonderful moments of any of her films. In fact, there
were several times in the first part of this film that produced tears
in my eyes. Of course, I am an old sentimentalist. Nonetheless, this is
The only reason I don't rank this among my favorite Temple films is the
mean old lady, "Fraulein Rottenmeier," played by Mary Nash, has too big
a role in the second half of the movie making for a number of
unpleasant scenes. I had gotten so involved with the story that I
couldn't stand to see this mean woman so nasty to "Heidi" (Temple).
Also, there was only one song-and-dance number and that's not enough
for Shirley Temple movie.
The other characters were fine. Arthur Treacher provides good humor;
Jean Hersholt is great as the gruff-then-loving grandfather and Marcia
Mae Jones is nice as the young invalid.
This is a true classic story and ends with perhaps the most gorgeous
and sweetest smile I've ever seen on Shirley's face.
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