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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:
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Rebecca Winstead
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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 ...
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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. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

Gloria Stuart initially turned down this film because she felt that the material was not up to her dramatic acting abilities. Darryl F. Zanuck, however, convinced her to do the film and explained that she would be seen by millions, due to Shirley Temple's popularity. Miss Stuart relented and agreed in a 1998 interview that Zanuck was certainly correct. See more »

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

Quotes

Harry Kipper: Now, Miranda, let's not quarrel. I'll only be here a few minutes.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: That's long enough for me.
Rebecca Winstead: My, this is a fine boarding house.
Gwen Warren: This is no boarding house, honey.
Rebecca Winstead: But I thought everyone took in roomers.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: A fine environment you've given her!
Rebecca Winstead: I want to have my environment fixed.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: I'll wager the child hasn't had a bit of food.
Rebecca Winstead: Yes, I have. Uncle Harry bought me a candy bar.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: A candy bar? Gwen, take the child into the kitchen and get her something decent to eat.
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Referenced in My Favorite Martian: Martin and the Eternal Triangle (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Gotta Eat Your Spinach, Baby
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mary McCarty
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Shirley Temple At Her Peak
7 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's almost strange to look at these "Shirley Temple films" at various stages of your own life. You view them differently as you grow older. It also depends, I suppose, on how familiar you are with 1930s films. Many of them are dated, especially with the language, songs and comedy of the period, so you have to acclimate yourself.

After a decade away from her films, I viewed this one recently and found both good and bad things about watching it. The positives, however, far outweighed the negatives and I believe this is one of Shirley's more entertaining efforts.

After starring now for about five years, it's obvious how comfortable she had become in her roles. She looked extremely confident in here and why not? She had her act down pat. She even performed one song that was medley of her hits from previous movies. Yup, she was a veteran at the ripe old age of 10 and at the peak of her career in the 1930s.

In this movie was the normal mixture of characters, meaning a crabby old woman, a nice young couple that you wanted to see get married, a couple of wacky cronies, good 'ole Bill Robinson nearby....and the regular happy ending. The wholesome and pretty woman in here was Gloria Stuart. She was the same lady who appeared in 1997's "Titantic.""

The leading man was western star Randolph Scott and the old biddy was Helen Westley. The goofballs were Slim Summerville, Jack Haley and William Demarest. This was one of the better casts in the Temple movies.

The only drawback, really, was the total lack of credibility, scene after scene of things that made no sense...such as an entire orchestra and chorus setting up inside a quiet farmhouse and the occupant (Westley) unaware of it??!!! There are a number of scenes that just leave you shaking your head in amazement. So....you just have to suspend all belief and just enjoy the comedy, Shirley's tremendous talent and appeal, and all the pleasing songs and dances in here. That done, you've spent an enjoyable 80 minutes.

Made during the Depression years when Americans desperately needed to feel good, Shirley Temple was perhaps the best at filling that need. Some 70 years later, she still ranks as the greatest child entertaining in United States history and her films still put a smile on one's face. She still makes us feel good.


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