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Little Miss Broadway (1938)

 -  Drama | Musical  -  29 July 1938 (USA)
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An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roger Wendling
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Jimmy Clayton
Phyllis Brooks ...
Barbara Shea
Edna May Oliver ...
Sarah Wendling (as Edna Mae Oliver)
George Barbier ...
Fiske
Edward Ellis ...
Pop Shea
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Miss Hutchins
El Brendel ...
Ole
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Willoughby Wendling
Patricia Wilder ...
Flossie
Claude Gillingwater ...
Judge (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
George Brasno ...
George Brasno (as George)
Olive Brasno ...
Olive Brasno (as Olive)
Charles Williams ...
Mike Brody
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An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

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Drama | Musical

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Release Date:

29 July 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Broadway  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Welden (Taxi Driver) and Clarence Wilson (Scully) are in Studio Records for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. They may have been filmed, but cut before release. See more »

Goofs

When the spectator in the courtroom pushes Mrs. Wendling after the "Sing Me an Old-Fashioned Tune" bit, the bench wobbles. See more »

Quotes

Perry: Mr. Wendling, isn't it true that you intend to use this money to put on a Broadway show?
Roger Wendling: A small portion of it, yes.
Perry: And you intend to put this show on with actors living at the Hotel Variety?
Roger Wendling: That's right.
Perry: Isn't it probable that this Broadway venture of yours may turn out to be a failure? Or in the Broadway vernacular, a flop?
Jimmy Clayton: What? With me and the band? I object!
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Referenced in Anywhere But Here (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Down by the Old Mill Stream
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Tell Taylor
Sung briefly during "Swing Me an Old Fashioned Song" sequence
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Shirley still sparkles in lackluster musical...
28 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

20th Century Fox was having a hard time coming up with original story material for Shirley Temple and this is one of their least inspired efforts. Yet, despite a weak script and the obvious fact that Shirley herself was getting a little too plump for her diminutive figure, there is a generous sprinkling of song routines to keep Shirley's fans satisfied. The added bonus is George Murphy as her dancing partner, no slouch in the tap-dance department.

Edna May Oliver comes on strong as a cantankerous old woman who wants to close a theatrical hotel for boarders. Jimmy Durante has a few fun moments but one of his routines with Temple was cut from the final print.

The courtroom finale has everyone doing a musical revue in court--something that could happen only in a Temple film! Shirley has a few pleasant ditties to sing: "Be Optimistic" and a song-and-dance routine with Murphy to "We Should Be Together".

Not one of Shirley's best. Recommended only for Temple fans.


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