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Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

 -  Adventure | Family  -  30 July 1937 (USA)
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Priscilla Williams is a young girl traveling with her mother, Joyce, to join her paternal grandfather, a British army colonel, at the post he commands in northern India. Upon arrival, they ... See full summary »

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Priscilla Williams
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Sergeant MacDuff
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Colonel Williams
June Lang ...
Joyce Williams
Michael Whalen ...
Coppy - Lieut. Brandes
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Khoda Khan
Constance Collier ...
Mrs. Allardyce
Douglas Scott ...
Mott
Gavin Muir ...
Captain Bibberbeigh
Willie Fung ...
Mohammet Dihn
Brandon Hurst ...
Bagby
Lionel Pape ...
Major Allardyce
Clyde Cook ...
Pipe Major Sneath
Bunny Beatty ...
Elsie Allardyce (as Lauri Beatty)
Lionel Braham ...
Major General Hammond
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Priscilla Williams is a young girl traveling with her mother, Joyce, to join her paternal grandfather, a British army colonel, at the post he commands in northern India. Upon arrival, they witness the capture of Khoda Khan, leader of the rebel Indian faction. Priscilla plays at being a soldier and is even given a uniform and allowed to drill by the genial Sergeant MacDuff, but her gruff grandfather disapproves and insists she remain apart from the troops. She eventually charms him, along with everyone else on the post, including Khoda Khan, whom she wins over by returning a talisman he's dropped. When the attractive Lieutenant Brandes deserts his post to take Joyce to a dance, Khan escapes, and Brandes is arrested. As hostilities with the rebels mount, Priscilla and servant Mohammet Dihn --actually an Indian spy--take off for Khoda Khan's stronghold. Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Shirley Temple disclosed in her autobiography that this was the only film she made in which she received an onscreen spanking, much to the chagrin of June Lang who played the spanker and feared that her career would suffer as a result of the audience seeing the popular Shirley being treated in this fashion. The scene was shot but cut from the final film. See more »

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Priscilla Williams: [about the Colonel] I think he's gonna like you, Mommy. Even if he doesn't like me.
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John Ford directs Shirley Temple...but results are still sticky
25 May 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Star-vehicle for Shirley Temple, produced on a much grander scale than most, has the feisty youngster and her newly-widowed mother traveling to war-torn North India in the late 1800s to live with the Shirley's estranged paternal grandfather, a Colonel stationed with the British Army. Loosely adapted from a Rudyard Kipling story, with some exciting set-ups and sequences at the outset; but, sadly, the picture runs out of intriguing ideas before the finale. Director John Ford seems to lose track of the supporting characters in an attempt to resurrect the typical Shirley Temple scenario, although Cesar Romero is well-cast and memorable as Khoda Khan. Handsome, to be certain, but not one of Shirl's better efforts. ** from ****


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