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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm -- 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.   Rebecca is sought by two rival cereal manufacturers to do their singing radio commercials.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm -- Clip: When I grow up, will you marry me?


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18 March 1938 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley Temple ... Rebecca Winstead

Randolph Scott ... Anthony Kent

Jack Haley ... Orville Smithers

Gloria Stuart ... Gwen Warren
Phyllis Brooks ... Lola Lee
Helen Westley ... Aunt Miranda Wilkins

Slim Summerville ... Homer Busby

Bill Robinson ... 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

William Demarest ... Henry Kipper
Ruth Gillette ... Melba
Paul Harvey ... Cyrus Bartlett
Clarence Wilson ... Jake Singer (as Clarence Hummel Wilson)
Sam Hayes ... Radio Announcer
Gary Breckner ... Radio Announcer
Carroll Nye ... Radio Announcer

Franklin Pangborn ... Hamilton Montmarcy
William Wagner ... Reverend Turner
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Turner
Mary McCarty ... Florabelle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynn Bari ... Myrtle (uncredited)
Don Craig ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Bill Days ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Sid Fields ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Joy Healy ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Esther Howard ... Mother (uncredited)

Robert Lowery ... Attendant (uncredited)
Ada Lynn ... Nasal Child Singer (uncredited)
Arthur McCullough ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Attendant (uncredited)
Max Smith ... Quartette Member (uncredited)
Patty Jo Tracy ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Program Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Dwan 
Writing credits
Karl Tunberg (screen play) and
Don Ettlinger (screen play)

Kate Douglas Wiggin (suggested by a story by)

William M. Conselman  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Ben Markson  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer
Jack Jungmeyer .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Ben Silvey .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (photography) (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil (film editor)
Casting by
Phillip Moore (unit casting director) (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
Makeup Department
Madge Boyd .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert Cowan .... makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... in charge of production
Ed Ebele .... production manager (uncredited)
W.F. Fitzgerald .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Rosenberg .... assistant director
Eli Dunn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Temple .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank E. Hughes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Eddie Jones .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett .... sound
Bob Bertrand .... boom man (uncredited)
William Brent .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Howard McCann .... cableman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Brown .... gaffer (uncredited)
Logan Brown .... grip (uncredited)
Henry Cronjager Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bobby Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
Joseph LaShelle .... second camera (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kenneth McDonald .... best boy (uncredited)
Earl Nickerel .... best boy (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilda Anderson .... wardrobe girl (uncredited)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gertrude Kirkwood .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Ernest Rotchy .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Griffith .... cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Mack Gordon .... music and lyrics by
Arthur Lange .... musical director
Sidney D. Mitchell .... music and lyrics by
Samuel Pokrass .... music and lyrics by (as Sam Pokrass)
Lew Pollack .... music and lyrics by
Harry Revel .... music and lyrics by
Raymond Scott .... music and lyrics by
Jack Yellen .... music and lyrics by
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dances staged by
Geneva Sawyer .... dances staged by
Tom Morrissey .... follow-up man (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #3799) | USA:G (1994)

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 »
Plot holes: On her first-ever radio broadcast, Rebecca (whom no one has ever heard of) sings a medley of her "greatest hits."See more »
Aunt Miranda Wilkins:Land's sakes, that's peculiar. If I didn't know Rebecca was upstairs in bed, I'd swear that was her voice on the radio.
Gwen Warren:Well, it did sound like Rebecca, but of course it couldn't possibly be.
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Shirley Temple At Her Peak, 7 February 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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. 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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