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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 overview, first billed only:
Anthony Kent
Orville Smithers
Gwen Warren
Lola Lee
Aunt Miranda Wilkins
Homer Busby
Raymond Scott and His Quintet ...
Themselves (as Raymond Scott Quintet)
Dr. Hill
Dixie Dunbar ...
Henry Kipper


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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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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Just a minute, young man. Are you trying to tell me you want to put Rebecca on the radio?
Tony Kent: Yes, Miss Wilkins. On a very important program. A nationwide hookup...
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Get out of here!
Tony Kent: But Miss Wilkins, I don't understand...
Gwen Warren: Aunt Miranda, please just listen to Mr. Kent.
Rebecca Winstead: I want to go on the radio so bad.
Tony Kent: This is a very important opportunity for Rebecca. Surely you can't say no.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Oh, can't I? Just listen, Mr. Kent. No! I know what you show people are, a no-good lot! I took Rebecca out of that unwholesome...
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Come and Get Your Happiness
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel Pokrass
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung 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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