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For casting the role of the kid previously played by Shirley Temple in the earlier Little Miss Marker (1934), a talent search of scores of young girls was conducted before the production cast Sara Stimson. Stimson was six years old at the time, had no prior acting experience, and did not resemble Shirley Temple as a child. And unlike Temple, the picture did not launch a film career for her.
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First time that a remake of Little Miss Marker (1934) was remade under its original title as the two previous versions were not called 'Little Miss Marker'. This film was the third remake and fourth version of Damon Runyon's 'Little Miss Marker' story. The earlier films were Little Miss Marker (1934), Sorrowful Jones (1949) and 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962).
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Tony Curtis co-starred in this remake of the Damon Runyon story which has been made a number of times. Curtis does not play the Sorrowful Jones character in this movie but he did in the previous version, 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), where the character was named Steve McCluskey.
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The only ever film & TV credit of actress Sara Stimson who plays the title role. Child actress Stimson was nominated for Best Female Young Artist in a Major Motion Picture Award at the 1981 Family Entertainment Awards but lost to Diane Lane for Touched by Love (1980).
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Co-stars Walter Matthau and Julie Andrews share the same birthday (October 1st).
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Directorial debut of Hollywood writer Walter Bernstein. This picture is Bernstein's only ever big screen credit for directing.
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The film's "Little Miss Marker" title refers to a girl, nicknamed 'Marky', who accepts a little girl as a "marker" for her father's gambling debt, hence the title "Little Miss Marker".
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"The Kid" character played by Sara Stimson is never given a name in this film and is only ever referred to as 'The Kid'. In the first version of this movie her character name was Marthy "Marky" Jane.
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The name of the horse that Amanda Worthington (Julie Andrews) hoped would win the prize money was "Sir Galahad".
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This movie was released during a cycle of Hollywood movies during the 1980s that sent up gangster films. These pictures included Prizzi's Honor (1985), Wise Guys (1986), Harlem Nights (1989) City Heat (1984), Johnny Dangerously (1984), Little Miss Marker (1980) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982).
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