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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

Approved | | Family, Comedy, Drama | 18 March 1938 (USA)
Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anthony Kent
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Orville Smithers
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Gwen Warren
Phyllis Brooks ...
Lola Lee
Helen Westley ...
Aunt Miranda Wilkins
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Homer Busby
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Aloysius
Raymond Scott and His Quintet ...
Themselves (as Raymond Scott Quintet)
Alan Dinehart ...
Purvis
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Dr. Hill
Dixie Dunbar ...
Receptionist
Paul Hurst ...
Mug
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Henry Kipper
Ruth Gillette ...
Melba
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Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

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18 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Shirley auf Welle 303  »

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Trivia

The title is taken from a book by Kate Douglas Wiggin, but outside of the character of Aunt Miranda and the plot element of Rebecca coming to live with her aunt, the film has absolutely nothing in common with the book. See more »

Goofs

The "greatest hits" debacle gets even worse, however, when rather than offering a few cobbled together lines of fake "hits" which would've at least kept her in character as Rebecca, Shirley instead sings a medley of... Shirley's hits. Ouch. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Young man, what are you going to pay Rebecca?
Rebecca Winstead: But Aunt Miranda, I don't want any pay. I love to sing.
Tony Kent: Then you don't mind, Miss Wilkins?
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Of course I mind. I'm not going to have my niece be a big radio star and not get paid for it.
Tony Kent: You won't have a thing to worry about, I assure you.
Gwen Warren: Aunt Miranda, you're an old dear.
Tony Kent: You're a honey, Miss Wilkins.
Homer Busby: And how about me?
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Homer Busby, you're an old fool.
Rebecca Winstead: But you can't wait much longer, Aunt Miranda.
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Connections

Referenced in Get Smart: Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
(1897) (uncredited)
Music by Leon Jessel
English lyrics by Ballard MacDonald
Arranged by Raymond Scott
Sung by Shirley Temple and the Raymond Scott and His Quintet with Men's Chorus
Danced by Temple and Bill Robinson
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My brief review of the film
16 December 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A pleasant if not brilliant Shirley Temple vehicle, the young actress shines as the charming Rebecca and she sings quite well too. The film itself is formulaic and very predictable with typical characters, but it nevertheless does the job reasonably well, providing an opportunity for Temple to display her talents as and actress and as a singer. The songs are a delight to listen too as well. The main setback for the film is the amateurish editing - at least three or four times continuity is broken by the presence of jump cuts - however this can easily be ignored in light of the charms of the film. It supposedly is not faithful to the source material, but as a film on its own, it does fine.


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