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Heidi -- When little Heidi is stolen by her cruel aunt (who sells her) her grouchy grandfather searches for her. Meanwhile she brings happiness to the invalid daughter of a wealthy man.
Heidi -- Clip: Grandfather's house


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Release Date:
15 October 1937 (USA) See more »
Shirley's A Little Swiss Miss In The Loveliest Story of Her Career !
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley Temple ... Heidi

Jean Hersholt ... Adolph Kramer
Arthur Treacher ... Andrews
Helen Westley ... Blind Anna
Thomas Beck ... Pastor Schultz

Mary Nash ... Fraulein Rottenmeier

Sidney Blackmer ... Sesemann
Pauline Moore ... Elsa

Mady Christians ... Dete
Marcia Mae Jones ... Klara Sesemann
Delmar Watson ... Peter
Egon Brecher ... Inn Keeper
Christian Rub ... Baker
George Humbert ... Organ Grinder
Sig Ruman ... Police Captain (as Sig Rumann)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Arnold
Jack Egger
Gene Reynolds
Chuck Stubbs
Kenneth Wilson
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Church Member (uncredited)
Dolores Crumrine ... (uncredited)
June Renee Gertler ... (uncredited)
Ralph Gilliam ... Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Goble ... (uncredited)
Frances Hughes ... Dancer (uncredited)
Elsa Janssen ... Third Village Woman (uncredited)
Muriel Kearney ... (uncredited)
Ada Lynn ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Greta Meyer ... Second Village Woman (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ... First Village Woman (uncredited)
Jimmy Sommerville ... (uncredited)
Schuyler Standish ... (uncredited)
Patty Jo Tracy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Church Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Dwan 
Writing credits
Johanna Spyri (by)

Walter Ferris (screen play) and
Julien Josephson (screen play)

Produced by
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Ernst Toch (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (photography) (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil (film editor)
Art Direction by
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fox .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director
Charles Maxwell .... music arranger: partial score (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Sammy Lee .... dances staged by (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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88 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

A scene in which Heidi teaches Peter to read was cut from the final film.See more »
Continuity: Heidi removes the ribbon from her Christmas present twice, once in a closeup, then again when the shot changes.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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Movie Connections:
Version of Heidi (1968) (TV)See more »
The First NoelSee more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous film., 5 December 2006
Author: halograce from United States

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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