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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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User Reviews:
Little Princess- Thank Heaven for Little Girls ***1/2 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:
Mary Nash's costumes from Heidi (1937) were recycled for this 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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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Little Princess- Thank Heaven for Little Girls ***1/2, 16 October 2006
Author: edwagreen from United States

Charming film in color where Shirley Temple's dad goes off to fight in the Boer War. She is left is a fancy girl's school with a headmistress who is stern.

When word is brought to the school that the father, who adored his Sarah (Temple), has been killed and the child is left penniless, poor Sarah is shut up in the attic and made to work in the kitchen. Move over Cinderella.

Sarah never gives up hope that her dad (Ian Hunter) is living and she searches feverishly for him.

When a Indian mystery man (Cesar Romero) makes her room beautiful during a ballet sequence, Sarah is suspected of stealing.

Mary Nash is the wicked headmistress and acts in the same way as Margaret Hamilton in "The Wizard of Oz." Richard Green and Anita Louise play lovers, who are discharged from the school, by Nash for loving each other.

The ending is wonderful when Sarah finds her dad with the help no less of Queen Victoria (Beryl Mercer).

Enjoyable tale for children and adults alike.

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