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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 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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29 July 1938 (USA)  »

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Little Miss Broadway  »

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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 »

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

Quotes

Jimmy Clayton: What is it, Pop?
William J. 'Pop' Shea: It's for Betsy. Perhaps you could come back tomorrow morning?
Detective: Sorry, old man, I don't like this any more than you do, but I got to take her back tonight.
Jimmy Clayton: But you can't take Betsy back to the orphan asylum! Know why? 'Cause Betsy ain't here! She's down south in dear old Dixie.
Flossie: Sure, visiting with my folks.
Jimmy Clayton: Oh, I wish I was in Dixie! Away, away!
Detective: Hey, are you crazy?
Jimmy Clayton: Yeah! Uh, no! You see, we don't want to lose Betsy. That's why I lied to you. She's up in her room.
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Referenced in Anywhere But Here (1999) See more »

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
(1866) (uncredited)
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Lyrics by George W. Johnson
Sung briefly during "Swing Me an Old Fashioned Song" sequence
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Little Shirley Lights Up The Stage
20 November 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Orphaned Betsy Brown is sent to live in a New York City theatrical boarding hotel and quickly becomes involved in the struggle to keep the sour old landlady from closing down the establishment. By starring as LITTLE MISS BROADWAY in a show staged in a judge's courtroom, the moppet hopes to sway the verdict in her friends' favor.

Shirley Temple shines in this pleasant musical comedy. Her youthful spunk and astonishing talent are very much on display. As her leading man, dancer George Murphy is elegant & charming, just what the audience expects from Shirley's knight errant. Murphy's flirtation with Phyllis Brooks is dull stuff; we can't wait for him to dance again with Miss Temple.

Along with Murphy, Shirley faces unusually stiff competition from the comics & character actors involved in this film. The inimitable Edna May Oliver is the villainess here, and she doesn't care a fig for the feelings of the little girl; diminutive Donald Meek is her brother who longs for an adventurous theatrical life.

The great Jimmy Durante brings his own brand of insanity to the proceedings as a band leader; it's almost criminal that he's given so little screen time with Shirley. Dialect comedian El Brendel has some funny moments and gets to interact with a peculiar penguin. That's Jerry Colonna as one of the band members.

Jane Darwell is sweet, as always, in her matronly role as the orphanage director - she would appear in several Temple films in similar roles. Old Claude Gillingwater has fun with his role as the sympathetic judge. George & Olive Brasno, two of Hollywood's famous Little People, appear as themselves.

Movie mavens will spot an unbilled Dick Elliott as a cheerful cellist.

Shirley warbles `Be Optimistic,' `How Can I Thank You?' & `If All The World Were Paper;' Murphy joins her in singing & dancing through `We Should Be Together' & `Little Miss Broadway.'


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