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Little Big Shot (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 September 1935 (USA)
A young girl endears herself to her caretakers after her father is murdered by mobsters.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Julius J. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sybil Jason ... Gloria
Glenda Farrell ... Jean
Robert Armstrong ... Steve
Edward Everett Horton ... Mortimer
Jack La Rue ... Doré (as Jack LaRue)
Arthur Vinton ... Kell
J. Carrol Naish ... Bert (as J. Carroll Naish)
Edgar Kennedy ... Onderdonk
Addison Richards ... Hank Gibbs
Joe Sawyer ... Doré's Henchman (as Joseph Sauers)
Emma Dunn ... Orphanage Matron
Ward Bond ... Kell's Henchman
Tammany Young ... Ralph Lewis - the Rajah
Murray Alper ... Doré's Henchman
Marc Lawrence ... Doré's Henchman
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Storyline

A young girl endears herself to her caretakers after her father is murdered by mobsters.

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Taglines:

"A great kid!" "A great bet!" "A great show!" -- Say the Critics See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Ditadora See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The following actors supposedly were in the movie, but were not seen. These were, with their roles if available: Joseph Crehan (Banker), Don Downen (Page Boy), Gene Morgan (Man #1), Ernest Wood (Man #2) and Claudia Coleman. See more »

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Quotes

Mortimer: We have everything now but a rubber plant.
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Soundtracks

From Me to You
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Fabian Andre, Wayne King and Nat Conney
Played during the shot of the Sportyville window
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Warners' Answer to Shirley Temple
15 June 2001 | by wireshockSee all my reviews

Adorable Sybil Jason tugs on the heartstrings of everyone save the most hard-boiled gangsters in this obvious attempt by Warners to come up with their own Shirley Temple. It almost works! Sybil plays an abandoned little girl whose innocence wins over a small-time con man (Armstrong) and his partner-in-petty crime (Edward Everett Horton). Indeed, Horton's presence here lends some humanity to the big lug that Armstrong plays--anyone with well-meaning bumbler Horton as his best pal can't be all bad. The gang warfare that underlies the plot makes for an uneasy ride for the little girl and the audience, however. Sybil is both charming and heart-rending as "The Countess", and the highlight is her rendition of the title song on the street to make some money for her new-found adopted father figures. But when the plot explodes in a burst of gunfire in a deadly police raid at movie's end it is clear why this movie failed at building a Shirley Temple-like franchise for Warners: falling back on their tried-and-true gangster formula, they mixed a bit too much death and danger into this story to make it a winner with family audiences. It's a shame, too, because Sybil Jason was definitely star material and could have given Temple a run for her money. (Jason later got to serve at the feet of the prototype herself (literally!) when she winningly played a Cockney chargirl to "The Little Princess" in 1939.)


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