Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and ... See full summary »



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Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and her, and tells everyone that she has such a family. Because of this story, she cannot invite any friends over as they will see that it is not true. Kathleen and her nanny, Mrs. Farrell do not get along, so her father hires a psychologist name Dr. Kent to be her new nanny for the summer. Her father has a new girlfriend, named Lorraine, who he is considering for his wife and mother to Kathleen. Kathleen does not like her and Lorraine is cold to Kathleen. Kathleen envisions Dr. Kent as the perfect mother for her and wife for her father. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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She's twelve and TERRIFIC now


Drama | Romance | Comedy


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Release Date:

22 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Cathleen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Laraine Day was only 8 years older than Shirley Temple. See more »


Mrs. Farrell: If you were a nice girl with a nice clean mind, you wouldn't keep a diary.
Kathleen Davis: You peeping Tom!
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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1942) See more »


Row, Row, Your Boat
or "The Old Log Hut" (1852) (uncredited)
Written by R. Sinclair
Sung a cappella in a round by Gail Patrick, Shirley Temple and Herbert Marshall
Reprised a cappella by Herbert Marshall
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good for the younger crowd
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was about 13 and loved it then. It's a good film for the right age group. I was fascinated with the tricks Kathleen plays on her nurse, the strict household she lived in and how she gets away. It was also interesting to see the difference in the manners of the 40's. For example, Kathleen politely says "how do you do" to an adult she hates. She accepts a decision her father makes which she feels is unfair. I can see how this film might not be very interesting to an adult seeing it for the first time. But is good classic entertainment for the right audience. It's also great seeing Shirley in a role where she's not a sweet little tyke!

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