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The Littlest Rebel (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 27 December 1935 (USA)
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Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the ... See full summary »


David Butler


Edwin J. Burke (screen play) (as Edwin Burke), Edward Peple (from the play by)





Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Virgie Cary
John Boles ... Capt. Herbert Cary
Jack Holt ... Col. Morrison
Karen Morley ... Mrs. Cary
Bill Robinson ... Uncle Billy
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sgt. Dudley (as Guinn Williams)
Willie Best ... James Henry
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Abraham Lincoln
Bessie Lyle Bessie Lyle ... Mammy
Hannah Washington Hannah Washington ... Sally Ann


Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the officers are to be executed. Shirley and "Bojangles" Robinson beg President Lincoln to intercede. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THE WHOLE WORLD WILL WANT TO HUG HER! See Shirley singing,dancing, laughing...tear-stains on her cheeks, too! (Print Ad- Union-Recorder, ((Milledgeville, Ga.)) 5 March 1936) See more »


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Did You Know?


In one scene Shirley Temple disguises herself as a black child using boot polish; a controversial act by modern standards, this was not uncommon in early Hollywood films. See more »


When the Union soldiers are caught looting, the commanding officer orders them to be flogged. The US Army according to the "History of the United States Army" stopped flogging at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861--this scene is obviously later in the war as Union forces are occupying the south. See more »


Col. Morrison: And how is the littlest rebel of them all?
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Just fine, Mr. Yankee, thank you!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Featured in M*A*S*H: Bulletin Board (1975) See more »


Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(1808) (uncredited)
Music Traditional
Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Played on a music box and Sung by Shirley Temple
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Go get em Captain Curry and Virgie.
25 November 2004 | by ladygirll1960See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I think I'm wearing out this video by constantly watching it. I love John Boles. Next to Cary Grant, he has to be the most handsome actor during the thirties. His voice just sends chills up my spine. He played a great father figure then. I think what makes him so sexy and unique is that mustache. Clark Gable had the mustache, but John's is much sexier. Shirley Temple was just absolutely wonderful in this movie. She's great in every movie. But seeing her playing besides John, makes it even better. I also liked "Bogangles" Robinson. His talent should always be recognized. He was a great dancer, and great humanitarian. I also enjoyed the song Polly Wolly Doodle all day. The most compassionate scene is when Captain Curry came home to see his wife before she died. It made me cry. I will always like when Vergie and Uncle Billy sing Polly Wolly doodle, and when they do that dance during the scene to make money to see President Lincoln. Nana Nana Na na na. Na na na na na na na. The dancing was great with Uncle Billy and Vergie. The steps were in sync. Love ya'll

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Release Date:

27 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Rebelde See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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