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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 »

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halfway Decent See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lucille Ward is in studio records for the role of Mrs. Walsh, but she did not appear in the film. Modern sources add Hattie McDaniel, Bill Robinson, Bessie Lyle and Nora Cecil (as Head of Home Finding Society), but none of these actors were in the film either. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bangles Carson: [about Marky] Well, you can't leave her here.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: Afraid of the cops?
Bangles Carson: No, I'm afraid of the kid. I don't want her here. I'm not going sappy over her! I won't, see!
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: You're already sappy over her.
Bangles Carson: But you're not?
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: No, she's just something I can't get rid of, because she's tangled up in a race deal.
Bangles Carson: She wasn't tangled up in a deal the first night you got her. You could've unloaded her then!
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: You didn't stage no riot when she busted up your song in a night club!
Bangles Carson: You start reading about King Arthur to her!
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones:
[...]
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Connections

Version of Sorrowful Jones (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Nothing 'Sorrowful" About Shirley
6 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Despite only two songs, it's another entertaining Shirley Temple film. The story is familiar; it's been done several other times, once under the name "Sorrowful Jones," with Bob Hope. This movie is a bit different from that one, so you could own both and have two different slants on the famous Damon Runyon story.

This version has a lot more comedy from the supporting players, since Temple is cute but she' isn't going to be the main source of humor as Hope was in his films. In here, all the bookies and gangsters provide the humor. The leading male, played by Adolph Menjou, is a sourpuss but still likable. The leading adult female, Dorothy Dell, was a bit tough-looking, I thought, for this role.

Temple doesn't play as sweet a role as she did in most of her films, but she still has her tender moments. Nobody can produce a sentimental scene as quickly as Shirley could. In all, a nice film and enjoyable from start to finish.

Note: This was the best colorized version I have seen of Temple's films. Perhaps that was because MGM did this, not Fox, which did the others. It advertises "stereo" but I didn't hear any.


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