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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Freeman
Linda Simpson
Michael Hendragin
Dorothy Moore ...
Betty Fleet
Miss Laurel
Miss Armstrong
Margaret Tallichet ...
Miss Brewster
Mr. Simpson
Miss Brackett
Miss MacBeth


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Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA)  »

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The Romantic Age  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Ann Doran (Miss Smith) and Franklin Pangborn (M'sieur) are in studio records/casting call lists for those roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »


Natalie Freeman's Body
(Sung to the tune of "John Brown's Body")
Music by William Steffe (1856)
Lyricist unknown
Sung a cappella by students
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1930's programmer is strictly fluff for teen-aged girls...
19 September 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

For starters, ANNE SHIRLEY, wearing a dark bathrobe with white collar design, looks exactly like Olivia de Havilland in an early scene from THE DARK MIRROR. I always thought they resembled each other strongly, but never more so than in this film.

The story is the same old trite stuff about the petty squabbles among girls at a boarding school who become upset when the school monitor (Anne Shirley) has to report their extra-curricular activities to the school principal (GLORIA HOLDEN). Pretty blonde NAN GREY becomes the primary target when Shirley spies her coming home late after a night out.

You know the material is dated when the girls are gathered to listen to a speech "on a very important subject--charm", by an aristocratic lady foolishly extolling the virtues of exuding charm, the most important ingredient young ladies of the world are supposed to have in 1938, no matter how air-headed they are. Charm is distinctly lacking in the screenplay.

Although Anne Shirley plays her teen role with an overabundance of energetic innocence, it's hard to see why Selznick, a year later, tested her for Melanie in "Gone with the Wind". At least, not on the basis of this girlish performance.

It's the kind of B-film you can easily skip without missing anything.

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