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The Little Princess -- An aristocratic child forced by fate from her home in India to a cheerless London boarding school.

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Director:
Writers:
Ethel Hill (screen play) and
Walter Ferris (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
17 March 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A great classic comes to life in glorious Technicolor!
Plot:
A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Has Some Very Nice Moments See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley Temple ... Sara Crewe
Richard Greene ... Geoffrey Hamilton

Anita Louise ... Rose
Ian Hunter ... Captain Crewe

Cesar Romero ... Ram Dass
Arthur Treacher ... Bertie Minchin

Mary Nash ... Amanda Minchin
Sybil Jason ... Becky

Miles Mander ... Lord Wickham
Marcia Mae Jones ... Lavinia
Beryl Mercer ... Queen
Deidre Gale ... Jessie
Ira Stevens ... Ermengarde
E.E. Clive ... Mr. Barrows
Eily Malyon ... Cook
Clyde Cook ... Attendant
Keith Hitchcock ... Bobbie (as Keith Kenneth)
Will Stanton ... Groom
Harry Allen ... Groom
Holmes Herbert ... Doctor
Evan Thomas ... Doctor
Guy Bellis ... Doctor
Kenneth Hunter ... General
Lionel Braham ... Colonel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Officer (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Pedestrian Discussing the War (uncredited)
Eve Conrad ... Maid (uncredited)
Robert Cory ... Bobbie (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Orderly Chasing Sara (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Pedestrian Discussing the War (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Maid (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Wounded Soldier Outside Hospital (uncredited)
Patrick X. Kerry ... Wounded Irishman (uncredited)
Morton Lowry ... Traumatized Young Soldier (uncredited)
Jean Manners ... Nurse (uncredited)
Vesey O'Davoren ... Orderly (uncredited)
Antonia Oland ... Student (uncredited)
Rita Page ... Minnie - Cook's Helper (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Nurse (uncredited)
Gerald Rogers ... Pedestrian Discussing the War (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... Bobbie (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Nurse (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Orderly Sergeant (uncredited)
Clare Verdera ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Lang 
William A. Seiter (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ethel Hill (screen play) and
Walter Ferris (screen play)

Frances Hodgson Burnett (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Gene Markey .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (photography: in Technicolor) (as Arthur Miller)
William V. Skall (photography: in Technicolor) (as William Skall)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler (film editor) (as Louis Loeffler)
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
 
Production Management
Darryl F. Zanuck .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Bryant .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Day .... settings
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Walter Bullock .... words and music by
Samuel Pokrass .... words and music by
Louis Silvers .... musical director
Herbert W. Spencer .... composer: incidental music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernest Belcher .... ballet staged by
Nick Castle .... dances staged by (as Nicholas Castle)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Geneva Sawyer .... dances staged by
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
93 min (TCM print)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL | Peru:PT | USA:Approved (PCA #4712) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1995)

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Trivia:
In the scene where a parrot flies into Sara's room off of Ram Daz's (Cesar Romero) shoulder, originally a small monkey was to be used. However, the monkey did not seem to like Shirley Temple and kept trying to bite her. So for safety sake, they used a Macaw parrot instead.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In opening scene, the father is referred to as "Captain" but the rank on his shoulder is that of first lieutenant based on the two pips he wears. A captain's rank is three pips.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sara Crewe:Why are they sending so many soldiers, daddy, if it's only going to be a little war?
Captain Reginald Crewe:To make those stubborn Boers take us seriously this time, my darling. When they realize Her Majesty intends to put a stop to their nonsense, they'll quiet down.
Sara Crewe:They'd better. Anyhow, when you get there, you'll stop them. Won't you, daddy?
Captain Reginald Crewe:I'll do my best, dear.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Has Some Very Nice Moments, 7 November 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This Shirley Temple feature is worth seeing for a number of very nice moments in the story of "The Little Princess". It might be a little longer than necessary, and the story development is sometimes uneven, which keeps it from achieving its full potential. It offers the young Temple a variety of material to work with, and she has some very good sequences.

For the most part, it follows the familiar story, though often embellished, particularly towards the end. The story and Temple's characterization give it a rather different feel from, for example, the silent version that starred Mary Pickford. Here, Temple projects much of her own persona, with her best moments coming with Arthur Treacher, who plays the easygoing brother of the stern headmistress. The character of Becky is still significant, but Temple does not ever have the rapport with her that Pickford and Zasu Pitts had in the earlier version.

As a result, it's a bit uneven overall, but for those who enjoy this kind of story, it's still worthwhile. The public domain print makes it somewhat difficult to evaluate the production end, although it clearly contained plenty of detail and color. It's a decent if unexceptional feature whose high points are usually worth waiting for.

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