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Bad Little Angel (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 27 October 1939 (USA)
A bible-guided Victorian orphan befriends a bootblack in a strange town.


(as William Thiele)


(story "Looking After Sandy"), (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Gene Reynolds ...
Thomas 'Tommy' Wilks
Luther Marvin
Jm Creighton (Sentinel editor)
Mrs. Perkins
Edwards, Marvin's Valet
Red Wilks
Mrs. Ellen Creighton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mrs. Dodd (scenes deleted)
Clarabella Dodd (scenes deleted)
Sally Martin ...
Belinda (scenes deleted)


A bible-guided Victorian orphan befriends a bootblack in a strange town.

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Release Date:

27 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La endiablada  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Tuesday 14 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its earliest documented telecasts in Philadelphia took place Monday 24 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco 31 December 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 10 September 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Played as background music over the opening credits
Reprised often as background music
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Another terrific movie from 1939
20 May 2016 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

An orphaned girl believes she brings back luck to all those who take her in. Actually, it's the opposite: her plucky optimism and faith in the Lord mends fences and brings people together. Although not as well-known as a family picture like "The Wizard of Oz" (released the same year), "Bad Little Angel" has the same overlay of sentiment and uplift--also the same dog! Feisty, determined little Virginia Weidler is perfect in the lead, using the Bible as her guide and escaping a rotten orphanage for Egypt...Egypt, New Jersey, that is. It's fairly easy to knock a movie which goes to such corny lengths for its plot turns (a factory catching fire, a loving husband and father stopping the blaze but getting buried in the rubble, two children rescuing him, etc.), but when the results are delivered in such a heartfelt manner, cynicism no longer applies. MGM clearly wanted 1939 audiences to leave the theater feeling good, and that sincere attribute still resonates. *** from ****

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