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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)  »

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Tony Kent: Do you realize if we don't find that kid, Bartlett cancels everything?
Lola Lee: Careful, Tony. Remember your apoplexy. I gotta run, darling. Goodbye, Casanova.
Orville Smithers: Goodbye, Lola.
Tony Kent: I gotta hand it to you, Orville. I've been out on a limb before, but I never had a guy behind me sawing it off. You realize we're on the worst spot of the century?
Orville Smithers: You've got nothing to worry about, chief. We got the kid's address.
Tony Kent: You have?
Orville Smithers: Of course. We got all their addresses.
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Version of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1978) See more »


Nevada Moon
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Written for the movie but not used
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An adorable film...
6 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Shirley Temple definitely deserved some of her popularity after this tailor-made vehicle. The film is as adorable as the young star. It follows Rebecca (Temple) as she tries to fulfill her dream of singing on a popular radio show. She does this with the help of a few adult friends who compliment Temple perfectly. Temple herself, shines in this film. Singing, dancing and acting she shows a natural talent for performing and clearly enjoys herself with this film. All in all I would recommend this film to anyone. It might not be the best Shirley Temple film but it will keep you entertained all the way through and the enchanting lead will captivate you.

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