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Girl of the Ozarks (1936)

A sweet little country girl has issues with school. Her mother is ill. The school threatens to send her to an orphanage.


William Shea




Cast overview:
Virginia Weidler ... Edie Moseley
Henrietta Crosman ... Granny Moseley
Leif Erickson ... Tom Bolton (as Leif Erikson)
Elizabeth Russell ... Gail Rogers
Russell Simpson ... Bascomb Rogers
Janet Young ... Maw Moseley
Louis Mason ... Sheriff Lem Stuart
Nora Cecil ... Miss Trent
Lois Kent Lois Kent ... Claire Rogers
Arthur Aylesworth ... Buck Wilder
Harry Bates Harry Bates ... Jonas Toler
Nelson McDowell ... Seth Tanner
Ben Hall Ben Hall ... Clerk (scenes deleted)
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Mrs. Wilder


A sweet little country girl has issues with school. Her mother is ill. The school threatens to send her to an orphanage.

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Release Date:

12 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good for Nothing See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions filmed between 1929 and 1949 which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


When Edie leaves the shack with a shotgun, she's carrying it under her left arm. When we cut to the exterior shot of her coming through the doorway, it's under her right one. See more »


America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith
Based on Melody by Muzio Clementi
Performed by Virginia Weidler and other schoolchildren
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A revolutionary movie from the midst of the depression
19 June 2001 | by ancient-andeanSee all my reviews

This is no comedy. From the depth of the depression, its a revolutionary movie about the relationship between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the powerless. Virginia Weidler, as Edie, is the little girl of the Ozarks, a poor hill child whose mother is on her deathbed, whose grandmother supports the family shooting rabbits and quail. Mrs. Wilder, the school teacher treats her with the grossest abuse of power as she is made to stand in the corner on one foot the entire day, while the rest of the class laughs at her. The council, led by the rich merchant in the village, decides Edie is going to the county home, and no matter what Edie does, she is always blamed, always threatened and abused by a set of truly evil adults. In one scene, I don't blame 8-year-old Edie for pointing a loaded shotgun in their face. One can't come away from this movie without a deep feeling for the injustice done to poor, trampled upon children in America.... African-Americans, Hispanics and the rural poor will relate to this one.

Virginia is a very special child actress, a master in this movie. Unlike many of her era, she was am 8-year-old who could squeeze the last bit of emotion from the audience, eyes gleaming in one scene, dripping tears in the next... mischievous, adorable. Along with her big brown eyes, she could act. Viewers will also want to catch her singing "Old Dan Tucker". She sings it like a poor child really would and what happens during the song will break your heart.

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