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Heidi (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 3 March 1954 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsbeth Sigmund ...
Heinrich Gretler ...
Alp-Öhi / Alp-Ochi, Heidi's Grandfather
Thomas Klameth ...
Geissenpeter / Peter the Goatherd
Elsie Attenhofer ...
Tante Dete / Heidi's Aunt Dete
Margrit Rainer ...
Peters Mutter / Peter's Mother
Fred Tanner ...
Pfarrer / Parson
Isa Günther ...
Klara Sesemann / Clara, Ludwig's Daughter
Herr Sesemann / Ludwig Sesemann
Traute Carlsen ...
Klaras Grossmutter / Clara's Grandmother Sesemann
Anita Mey ...
Frl. Rottenmeyer / Miss Rottenmeyer, Clara's Governess
Carl Wery ...
Dr. Classen
Sebastian the Sesemann's Servant
Walburga Gmür ...
Bäckersfrau / Brigitte, Baker's Wife
Max Haufler ...
Bäcker / Baker
Herr Cajörl ...


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Based on Johanna Spyri's Immortal Tale That Has Thrilled Children for Generations See more »


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Release Date:

3 March 1954 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the French-dubbed version, the actress lending her voice to Elsbeth Sigmund (Heidi) was none other than Françoise Dorléac, sister of Catherine Deneuve. See more »


Version of Heidi (1995) See more »

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A childhood favorite
6 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie since I was a child but even then I preferred it over the Shirley Temple film.

The version I saw was dubbed into English. Normally that irritated me (and still does, the rare times I see a dubbed movie--nowadays they're more often subtitled) but it actually made it easier to get into the movie because I didn't have to read any subtitles (and I don't know German). I read well above my grade level but it still would have been distracting. Now I probably wouldn't mind.

This movie is much more faithful to the book than the 1937 version.

Probably because it was filmed in Switzerland, where the story takes place, it has beautiful scenery. They didn't have use any back projections and sound stages for the outdoor sequences, something I noticed even as a child.

I looked forward to each time it came on TV in the Los Angeles area, where I grew up. I don't why they stopped showing it unless it was because the Shirley Temple version, which began to be shown a lot at that time, simply displaced it. If so, it's a shame. I'd love to see it again (and again and again, just like back then).

I was always fascinated with the story because my great-grandmother was from Switzerland and was a child at the time the book was originally published.

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