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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 » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Shirley Temple At Her Best! See more (43 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
 
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Runtime:
93 min (TCM print)
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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:
Shirley Temple's first all-Technicolor film.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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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Shirley Temple At Her Best!, 7 May 2004
Author: Winslow Bunny from International Falls, MN

"The Little Princess" is a reversal-of-fortune movie, so to speak. Sarah Crewe (Shirley Temple) is the daughter of a wealthy soldier sent off to the Boer War in 1899. Having no relatives, Sarah is placed in an exclusive girls school until her father returns. When her father is reported dead and their fortune is wiped out, the friendly headmistress becomes not-so-friendly towards Sarah, who is made to work off her father's debt to the school. Sarah is convinced that her father is alive, though, and searches the area hospital for him, eventually finding him.

This movie serves as an excellent example of several things: movies like this just aren't made any more. Unfortunately, they can't be - people would say it was too corny. In the movie, Shirley portrays a child not only with unshakable hope but patience, manners, politeness and kindness in the face of terrible adversity, with only a couple of cracks in her steadfastness. She meets Queen Victoria. Who would believe that a child under the duress that she suffers could be so gracious? Who would believe that, being a pauper, she could meet the Queen of England? Today's movie child star would have filled the air with sassiness and expletives under the same situation. But Shirley/Sarah doesn't, and that's a reason that I really like this movie - it shows someone who tries to make the best of a bad situation, and never gives up hope.

I also believe that the movie is an accurate portrayal of the life and times of the turn of the century, as it was made only 40 years after the Boer War. I think that Victorian England was captured well in this movie; after all, we do a pretty good job of displaying the 1960s on film these days.

Overall, though, it is Shirley Temple at her singing/dancing/acting best in this movie, and she does a wonderful job from start to finish.

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