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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

 -  Family | Comedy | Drama  -  18 March 1938 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Winstead
Anthony Kent
Orville Smithers
Gwen Warren
Phyllis Brooks ...
Lola Lee
Helen Westley ...
Aunt Miranda Wilkins
Homer Busby
Raymond Scott and His Quintet ...
Themselves (as Raymond Scott Quintet)
Alan Dinehart ...
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Dr. Hill
Dixie Dunbar ...
Paul Hurst ...
Henry Kipper
Ruth Gillette ...


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. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Release Date:

18 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shirley auf Welle 303  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original script calling the sponsor's product "Crackly Corn Flakes", was met with objections by the Quaker Oats Company, with whom Shirley had a tie-in deal for their Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice cereals. They thought that the sponsor's name sounded too close to Kellogg's Corn Flakes, a rival product. In the finished script, the product was re-named "Crackly Grain Flakes". See more »


On her first-ever radio broadcast, Rebecca (whom no one has ever heard of) sings a medley of her "greatest hits." See more »


Harry Kipper: Well, goodbye, Rebecca. Don't miss me too much.
Rebecca Winstead: I won't miss you, Uncle Harry.
Harry Kipper: Well, see you folks in church.
Rebecca Winstead: Maybe it's all for the best. He has been an awful trial to me.
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Referenced in Get Smart: Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm (1970) See more »


Animal Crackers in My Soup
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Ted Koehler and Irving Caesar
Sung as part of a medley by Shirley Temple
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Another Shirley Temple Crowd Pleaser
24 July 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A frantic radio producer must find the perfect Little Miss America for an advertiser's national program. He discovers her in his country neighbor, REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM, an incredibly talented & precocious moppet, who proceeds to charm all around her & bring happiness into the lives of those who love her.

Little Shirley Temple turns in another crowd-pleasing performance in this pleasant family film - which bears almost no resemblance to the Kate Douglas Wiggin classic. It's easy to see why the little tyke was Hollywood's top star for years. Her smile & vivacity are still stunning decades later.

This time Shirley is surrounded by a plethora of male talent: rugged Randolph Scott, giving a slightly wooden performance no doubt caused by the chagrin of playing second fiddle to a ten-year-old; peppy Jack Haley, always eager to please; veteran William Demerest, displaying some of his best pratfalls; laconic comic Slim Summerville, the unlikeliest lover; flustered Franklin Pangborn, as a very nervous organist; and the great Bill `Bojangles' Robinson, given distressingly little to do in his role as a farmhand - until the film's final moments when he gets to shine in a tap routine with Shirley.

Helen Westley is great fun as grumpy Aunt Miranda; lovely Gloria Stuart is given little to do except look, well, lovely.

That's champion character actress Eily Malyon as the Reverend's cake-eating wife. Movie mavens will recognize old Clarence Wilson as a shyster attorney.

Shirley sings `An Old Straw Hat' & `Come And Get Your Happiness', as well as a medley of her past hits.

Query: Why do film makers think radio audiences are thrilled by listening to tap dancing? In films like this you don't ask questions like that.

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