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The Littlest Rebel (1935)

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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 »

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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America's Little Sweetheart . . . The Dimpled Darling You Love in the Greatest of Civil War Dramas !


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Virgie Cary was born on April 12, 1855. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Daddy, did something happen to Mommy?
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': Something beautiful, dear. That's the way you must always think of it. Mommy will never be ill again, or frightened, or discouraged. Just think of it as beautiful.
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Featured in Brows Held High: What Is It? (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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good story, suspense, heartwarming. Shirley is a wow
13 October 2005 | by jimdrum1See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film with my 7 year old daughter and I am utterly astonished at this young girls gifts. Being a "Mr. Mom", I have come to know what a little girl is capable of, mine as well as neighborhood children, and I can say that young Shirley was far more than just exceptional in many ways. This film certainly puts her to the test and she comes through with flying colors. Her beauty is captivating and her natural charm is startling. Her line delivery is perfect. When faced with bad news, watch as she slowly girds herself to receive it. It's as though she truly believes it herself and cannot contain her emotions. When tears finally fly, it's hard to not want to reach through the screen and comfort her, especially when she is pleading her case to President Lincoln.

As a professional musician I am astonished at her near perfect execution of complex syncopated dance routines with Bill Robinson. It is evident that she is really having fun during these numbers and surely was an attentive student. When she sings, her voice, although not a trained voice (thank goodness) is right on pitch. It is a natural, pleasant voice, free of any coaching. She really sings the lyric, (something that most "pro" singers could stand a lesson in) and not just the song. I never really stopped to listen to "Believe me if all these endearing young charms" but her non-treatment forced me to hear it. It's a very touching song.

How I would enjoy a chat with her to pick her brain. She really was a "perfect storm" as child stars go and I will certainly be screening more of her films....for my...AHEM...daughter, of course.


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