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The Little Colonel (1935)

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After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years ... See full summary »

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David Butler

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William M. Conselman (screen play) (as William Conselman), William M. Conselman (adaptation) (as William Conselman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Lloyd Sherman
Lionel Barrymore ... Colonel Lloyd
Evelyn Venable ... Elizabeth
John Lodge ... Jack Sherman
Sidney Blackmer ... Swazey
Stephen Chase ... Hull (as Alden Chase)
William Burress William Burress ... Dr. Scott
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Nebler
Robert Warwick ... Colonel Gray
Hattie McDaniel ... Mom Beck
Geneva Williams Geneva Williams ... Maria
Avonne Jackson Avonne Jackson ... May Lily
Nyanza Potts Nyanza Potts ... Henry Clay
Bill Robinson ... Walker
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Storyline

After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her crusty grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Hail to the conquerer of ten million hearts. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pequeña coronela See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original book by Annie Fellows Johnston 1863-1931, contained 3 stories. The Giant Scissors, The Two Little Knights of Kentucky, and The Little Colonel, 1895. Based on her experience living in the colorfully named Peewee Valley, KY outside Louisville , she eventually spun off 10 additional books with The Little Colonel as main character. See more »

Goofs

Swazey's hand changes position on his leg as he sits when he meets Jack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: [singing] Oh the days are gone when beauty bright my heart's chain wove, / When my dream of life from morn 'till night was love still love. / New hope may bloom and days may come of milder, calmer beam, / But there's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream. / Oh there's nothing half so sweet in life as love's young dream.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in All in the Family: Lionel Steps Out (1972) See more »

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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Written by Wallis Willis
Sung a cappella by Hattie McDaniel
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Shirley Temple Marches Away With Movie
4 September 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Having earned her nickname due to her stubborn temper, THE LITTLE COLONEL courageously tries to reunite her splintered family.

Shirley Temple smiles, pouts, tosses her curly locks and completely runs away with the movie. One of her early family classics, this is an excellent showcase for her tremendous charm & abundant talents. As box-office queen, the mighty moppet would dominate Hollywood during the second half of the 1930's. Never was a despot so welcomed or a tyrant so loved.

As one of the industry's finest character actors, crusty Lionel Barrymore gives the little lady a run for her money. Always entertaining, he knows when to purr or when to roar to maximum effect, even if he doesn't quite eclipse Little Miss Personality.

Hattie McDaniel adds her own unique gifts to the role of Shirley's faithful servant, never allowing her dignity to be demeaned. As always, she is a joy. The legendary Bill Robinson is also on hand, mostly, one suspects, so as to partner Shirley in a couple of dances and they are wonderful, especially in Robinson's signature Staircase Dance. They are perfectly matched - one ramrod straight & ebony, the other tiny & blonde - and their minutes together on the screen is the stuff of which movie magic is made.

Evelyn Venable & John Lodge, as Shirley's parents (it's rare for her to have both all the way through a film) do nicely with the romantic angle, but it's kept to a minimum, as is usual in a Temple film, where the spotlight is kept firmly focused on her. Sidney Blackmer appears as a smooth swindler who makes the serious mistake of angering THE LITTLE COLONEL.

Although the film is given good production values by 20th Century Fox, it is the interaction between little Shirley and the other performers which far and away is the most important aspect of the picture.

It should be noted that there are elements of racism in the story line, a not uncommon occurrence in Hollywood films of the 1930's.

The final scene segues into early Technicolor - a pleasant way to end the story.


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