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Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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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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30 July 1937 (USA)  »

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La mascota del regimiento  »

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(sepiatone with blue tinted sequences)

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The original story by Rudyard Kipling was about a boy, Percival Williams, but this was changed to a girl, Priscilla Williams, in order for Shirley Temple to play the role. 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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Auld Lang Syne
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Music Arranged by Alfred Newman and Herbert W. Spencer
Lyrics by Robert Burns
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I have to admit that I liked it a lot!
22 August 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly great John Ford film starring Shirley Temple. I was unsure if I could stand her cuteness for an hour and forty minutes, but I was never as annoyed as I expected to be. She's actually quite - good (I'll probably never live that down, will I?).Once in a while, she got a bit cloying, but for the most part I enjoyed her performance. Believe me, though, John Ford and his screenwriter were careful to balance her with the rest of the film, which is indeed quite masterful. All of the other performers are pitch perfect, including C. Aubrey Smith, Cesar Romero, Michael Whalen, Constance Collier, June Lang, and especially Ford regular Victor McLaglen. He's amazing, as always. The story, based on a Rudyard Kipling book, is very good. Lang plays Temple's mother. Her husband has apparently died, and she accepts the gracious invitation of her father-in-law (Smith), a colonel in India, whom she has never met. While there, Temple becomes a sort of a mascot of the soldiers, with Sgt. MacDuff (McLaglen) taking care of her and teaching her how to be a soldier. Another soldier (Whalen) courts Temple's mother. Cesar Romero plays Khoda Khan, a bandit prince who is being held prisoner in the fort. Ford's direction is as exciting as ever, and the cinematography is halfway between the expressionism of The Informer and the naturalism of Stagecoach. The musical score is also quite good. One might object to the colonialist viewpoint of the film, but, to be fair, Wee Willie Winkie is a lot more palatable in that respect than George Stevens' much more famous Gunga Din is. 9/10.


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