IMDb > Heidi (1937)
Heidi
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Heidi (1937) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 15 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Heidi -- Clip: Grandfather's house

Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   2,477 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Johanna Spyri (by)
Walter Ferris (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Heidi on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
15 October 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Shirley's A Little Swiss Miss In The Loveliest Story of Her Career !
Plot:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
NewsDesk:
(32 articles)
Producers Lab Toronto reveals line-up
 (From ScreenDaily. 20 August 2014, 7:34 AM, PDT)

Shirley Temple in The Blue Bird – A Look Back at 1940
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 23 February 2014, 5:53 PM, PST)

Buzzmakers: Shirley Temple Dies, Duggar Sex Tips
 (From Entertainment Tonight. 15 February 2014, 7:30 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Childhood Classic Comes Alive See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (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
Dolores Crumrine ... (uncredited)
June Renee Gertler ... (uncredited)
Ralph Gilliam ... Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Goble ... (uncredited)
Frances Hughes ... Dancer (uncredited)
Elsa Janssen ... Third Village Woman (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)
Create a character page for: ?

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


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
88 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The scene in which Heidi is suddenly squirted in the face while milking a goat was planned without Shirley Temple's knowledge. A tube of milk was attached to the goat udder where Temple couldn't see it, and when she was squirted, her surprised reaction was genuine.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Heidi starts undressing in the street, her pile of clothes disappears between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The First NoelSee more »

FAQ

Why was Klara in a wheelchair?
Is "Heidi" available for reading online?
Was "Heidi" actually filmed in the Swiss Alps?
See more »
18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Childhood Classic Comes Alive, 1 December 2001
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

Little orphaned HEIDI is abandoned at the Alpine home of her stern Grandfather - only the beginning in a series of remarkable changes in both their lives.

Shirley Temple had one of her greatest triumphs as the diminutive heroine of Johanna Spyri's classic children's novel. So well does she fill the role - eyes bright, tremendous smile & bouncing curls - that it is difficult to imagine any other young American actress of the era playing the part.

Some might grumble at the various incongruities - the jumble of accents, the Dutch musical number - but that is beside the point. This was meant to be quality family entertainment and to earn Fox Studios a great deal of money. The film was a success on both scores.

Director Allan Dwan ensured that the book's high points were included in the film & Fox gave HEIDI very good production values - note especially the scenes of village life in Dorfli - and a fine supporting cast: gentle Jean Hersholt, perfect as the old Grandfather, gruff & lovable; droll Arthur Treacher, his comic English butler is definitely not in the original book, but he is hilarious nonetheless; Marcia Mae Jones as crippled Klara; Sidney Blackmer as her wealthy father; Sig Ruman as a police captain and elderly Helen Westley as the blind Grandmother.

There are often she dragons in Shirley Temple films, bitter women who try to thwart the innocent joys of the Mighty Moppet and end up either converted or punished. HEIDI boasts two villainesses, Mady Christians as hardhearted Aunt Dete & imperious Mary Nash as the strangely evil Fräulein Rottenmeier. So well do these ladies play their parts that they are able to grab some of the attention of the audience away from Miss Temple.

Movie mavens should recognize Greta Meyer as a Dorfli villager & Frank Reicher as a Frankfurt police lieutenant, both uncredited.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (26 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Heidi (1937)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Colorized version? rachel-570
Was the monkey real?? vikkisings
Who's name is really Heidi?! hbotzong
Year? Erica152
Anyone know the tune Heidi hummed was a real song tenajs
shirleys stunt double was a boy Urbencyn014
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Heidi and Peter The Golden Compass Heidi I've Loved You So Long Evelyn
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Family section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.