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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.

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(as William Thiele)

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(story "Looking After Sandy"), (screenplay)
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Gene Reynolds ...
Thomas 'Tommy' Wilks
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Luther Marvin
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Jm Creighton (Sentinel editor)
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Mrs. Perkins
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Edwards, Marvin's Valet
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Red Wilks
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Mrs. Ellen Creighton
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Mrs. Dodd (scenes deleted)
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Clarabella Dodd (scenes deleted)
Sally Martin ...
Belinda (scenes deleted)
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A bible-guided Victorian orphan befriends a bootblack in a strange town.

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Drama

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Release Date:

27 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La endiablada  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Rex, the dog in this movie, was the same dog who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

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(1883)
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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