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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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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 » | Add synopsis »
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One More Triumph For Our Shirley See more (40 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)
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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 (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 direction
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 stager
 
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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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One More Triumph For Our Shirley, 28 April 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A small child, affectionately known as THE LITTLE PRINCESS, must endure great hardship after her father is killed in the Boer War.

Shirley Temple had her last great box-office triumph in this splendid Technicolor adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett childhood classic. No longer a tiny tot - she turned eleven the year THE LITTLE PRINCESS was released - but still a little trooper, Shirley exhibits once again the tremendous charm & talent which made her Hollywood's top box office draw. With wrinkled brow & tremulous lip or bouncing curls & joyous smile, she adeptly displays just the right mood or mannerism to keep the focus of the audience's attention firmly grasped in her chubby fists.

The supporting players' roster is abundantly well cast: stalwart Ian Hunter appears as Shirley's soldier father - this very fine actor wisely uses his acting skills to keep from being completely upstaged by the mighty moppet; handsome Richard Greene & lovely Anita Louise play the riding master & teacher who befriend Shirley - their roles aren't terribly significant, but they fill them quite well.

Mary Nash is once again cast as Shirley's tormentor, this time playing the evil-spirited headmistress of an exclusive girls' seminary. This accomplished actress did not appear in many films, but she could generally be counted on to provide a vivid performance - notice the relish with which she essays her small part in the medieval fantasy sequence (`I know my rights, I know the law and what I say I saw, I saw!'). Long-legged, adenoidal Arthur Treacher plays her henpecked brother; he is a delight during his two romps with Shirley to the music hall ditty ‘Knocked ‘Em In The Old Kent Road.'

Cesar Romero quietly portrays an Indian servant in a small, but important, role; Miles Mander & E. E. Clive both appear as hardhearted, crusty old gentlemen - only one is regenerated by film's end. Sweet Beryl Mercer makes the most of her few moments as a stately, kindhearted Queen Victoria - while Eily Malyon is a true fright as the school's slatternly cook. Marcia Mae Jones participates in one of the film's most memorable moments, when, as a particularly vile teenager, she receives a face full of fireplace ashes, courtesy of sweet Shirley.

Special attention should be given to ten-year-old South African Sybil Jason, who plays the wistful waifish charmaid who idolizes Shirley. In her American film debut, Warner's LITTLE BIG SHOT (1935), she proved wonderfully winsome & winning, but the storm of attention surrounding Miss Temple (exactly 19 months older than Miss Jason) tends, at this remove, to swamp the boats of the other female child stars of the period. However, delightful Sybil deserves to be remembered & appreciated for her own accomplishments.

The Stolen Kiss, a lavish fantasy dream sequence, provides a welcome few minutes change of pace for Temple, Nash, Louise, Greene, Treacher & Romero.

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