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Director:
Writers:
Ethel Hill (screen play by) and
Walter Ferris (screen play by) ...
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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:
Quite Possibly Shirley's Best Ever! See more (42 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 by) and
Walter Ferris (screen play by)

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 (art direction)
Hans Peters (art direction)
 
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 by
 
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
 
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Runtime:
93 min (TCM print)
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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:
The reason Shirley Temple hadn't made a movie in Technicolor until this one was that the Technicolor company insisted that 1,000 foot-candle lights be used to get proper exposure on their film. These incredibly bright lights produced so much heat that the staff at Fox thought a child Temple's age would be hurt working under such conditions. So, with the cooperation of the Technicolor company, cinematographer Arthur C. Miller worked on a series of tests using lower levels of light, and finally discovered that 400 to 500 foot-candle lights would produce a satisfactory Technicolor image without generating so much heat to risk injuring Temple and the other children in the film's cast.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): There are many references in the film to receiving "mail" and "mailing" letters. The British terminology is always receiving "post" and "posting" letters.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 8 people found the following review useful.
Quite Possibly Shirley's Best Ever!, 24 May 2006
Author: Snow4849

Between the ages of 7 and 10, little Shirley Temple was the biggest box office star in the world. But as she grew older, her popularity quickly began to wane. At 11 (though she believed herself to be 10 because her mother shaved a year off her age), Shirley was still quite a child when she made "The Little Princess." But because she was no longer as cute and cherubic as she was at 6, when "Stand Up and Cheer!" first made her a star, it was to be her last successful film in a children's role.

As Sara (a Hebrew name meaning "princess"), Shirley plays her standard rags-to-riches storyline in reverse: Sara's wealthy widowed father loses everything in the Boer War, and her cruel boarding school headmistress Miss Minchin makes her an underfed, overworked servant girl to pay the tuition debt her father owed. Sara goes from luxurious rooms and private tutors to friendless, freezing attics as suddenly as the swinging America of the 1920s sank into the dust storms, breadlines, and squattervilles of the 1930's Great Depression. But where did poor Americans turn to briefly forget all these problems during the Great Depression? To the movies, where Shirley Temple, her unwavering hopefulness (as present in "The Little Princess" as in any of her movies), and her cute song-and-dance numbers -- with titles like "Laugh, You Son of a Gun" (1934), "You Gotta Smile to be Happy" (1936), "Be Optimistic" (1938), and "Come and Get Your Happiness" (1938) -- cheered up the entire nation. The same singing and dancing cheers up Sara Crewe while she's working as a galley slave in 1899 London, as Shirley performs "The Old Kent Road" with her pal Arthur Treacher (her four-time co-star).

In short, "The Little Princess" is Shirley Temple's career in a nutshell. It is a must-see film for both longtime Shirley fans and newcomers.

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