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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 ... 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

Shirley Temple was nervous about filming the blood transfusion scene because she feared that she would really be given a shot. In fact the needle was merely taped against her arm. 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

Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker: Can you write a letter to God like you do to Santa Claus?
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: No, that's where praying comes in.
Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker: Bad girls like me can't pray.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: Aw, you ain't a bad girl.
Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker: Then show me how to pray. I want to ask God for something.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: You would. You lay down and go to sleep.
Marthy Jane, Little Miss Marker: Regret knows everything. I'll ask Regret to show me how to pray.
Sorrowful 'Sir Sorry' Jones: Don't you go asking that mug Regret about anything. I'll show you how to pray.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Victors (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on a church organ for Dr. Ingalls' wedding
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Shirley Temple steals the spotlight and becomes a huge star...
2 April 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Damon Runyon's story about a girl left as a pawn with a bunch of racetrack characters has a certain flavor about it that many find appealing, but frankly the only reason I showed any particular interest in this film is the remarkable presence of little SHIRLEY TEMPLE in the title role.

With the influence of tough-talking gents and gals around her, she soon adopts street-wise ways and manners of speech, so it's not the usual soft and sweet Shirley that we get here. Nevertheless, she remains adorable throughout, speaking all of her lines with the kind of verve and personality that would soon make her the number one box office attraction during the Depression years.

It's worth noting that ADOLPHE MENJOU (who called her a little Ethel Barrymore) has some of his best scenes opposite Temple. She manages to hold her own against him, but he's well cast as the shady character with the sad eyes and droopy mustache who'd rather be romancing DOROTHY DELL than taking care of a pint-sized doll.

Incidentally, DOROTHY DELL died in an auto accident within days of the film's release. She showed promise of becoming a very good actress in all of her scenes with Shirley and Menjou.


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