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Little Miss Marker (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 1 June 1934 (USA)
Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies... See full summary »


Alexander Hall


Damon Runyon (original story), William R. Lipman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Adolphe Menjou ... Sorrowful Jones
Dorothy Dell ... Bangles Carson
Charles Bickford ... Big Steve Halloway
Shirley Temple ... Marthy 'Marky' Jane
Lynne Overman ... Regret
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Doc Chesley
John Sheehan ... Sun Rise (as Jack Sheehan)
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Grinder (as Gary Owen)
Willie Best ... Dizzy Memphis (as Sleep 'n Eat)
Huey White Huey White ... Eddie (as Puggy White)
Tammany Young Tammany Young ... Bugs
Sam Hardy ... Benny, the Gouge
Edward Earle ... Marky's Father
John Kelly ... Sore Toe
Warren Hymer ... Canvas Back


Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies take to her, reluctantly at first, but their cynical ways start to rub off on her. Will a party set at Camelot bring back her faith in humanity? Written by Miss Eli

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Release Date:

1 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halfway Decent See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was reported in movie Trade Publications such as The Hollywood Reporter in March 1934 (while "Little Miss Marker" was in production) that director Alexander Hall had caught laryngitis (but was still going to work on the movie), and that co-star Dorothy Dell had just gotten over a case of laryngitis. See more »


When Marky and Bangles sing "Laugh, You Son of a Gun," Bangles's mouth doesn't move when she says "You son of a gun." See more »


Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: Using my place as a hideout from a Good Time Charlie.
Bangles Carson: Aw, shut up.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: Alright, take it on the lam.
Bangles Carson: As soon as I get some clothes.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: You're wearing clothes.
Bangles Carson: Not going out at this time a day with these clothes on.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: If you went home nights instead of hanging around...
Bangles Carson: Maybe I could get home nights if you didn't go shout your head off and wake up kids.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: I wouldn't have to shout my head off if you stayed away.
Bangles Carson: Oh it won't happen again. I'll give you plenty air.
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Alternate Versions

The print shown on TCM is a re-release, as can be seen from the PCA approval certificate number ending with "-R". That print lists Shirley Temple above the title, followed by Adolphe Menjou, Charles Bickford and Dorothy Dell and the other actors. The title page also includes "Adolph Zukor presents" and it has a running time of 79 minutes. See more »


Version of Sorrowful Jones (1949) See more »


The Bowery
(1892) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Gaunt
Lyrics by Charles Hale Hoyt
Sung a cappella by the knights of the round table
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What To Call Her, But Little Miss Marker
24 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One Edward Earle a compulsive gambler can't cover a bet and leaves a marker with bookie Adolphe Menjou. The marker is quite alive, it's forty pounds of little daughter in the person of Shirley Temple. What to call her especially since her name is Martha but Little Miss Marker.

This Damon Runyon story filmed four times already and is about due for another retelling, is the story of how Shirley Temple managed to melt the hearts of all those Broadway sharpies that populate Runyon stories, people like Charles Bickford, Warren Hymer, Lynne Overman and Bickford's girl Dorothy Dell. In fact Temple causes a split between Bickford and Dell and plays a little girl cupid for Menjou and Dell.

The young lady is full of illusions, her mother used to read tales of King Arthur, but these guys who are in the business of odds making and occasional odds fixing when it comes to the kind that race on the track make pretty poor substitutes for Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere. Still in their own Broadway style they try to live up to little Shirley's image of them.

After Darryl Zanuck became head of the new 20th Century Fox studios his greatest asset in the form of America's favorite moppet would never be lent out like she was here to Paramount. Little Miss Marker represents a milestone in the career of Shirley Temple and the three remakes don't reach this standard. But Damon Runyon is timeless and I'll bet someone out there in Hollywood might be thinking of a fifth version.

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