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The Littlest Diplomat (1937)

Young Sybil visits her grandfather, a British Colonel stationed at a garrison in India, and she helps negotiate a diplomatic truce between him and the local natives.


Bobby Connolly


George Bricker (screenplay), Bobby Connolly (original story)


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Cast overview:
Sybil Jason ... Sybil Hardwick
Lumsden Hare ... Colonel Hardwick


At an outpost near Peshawar, gruff Colonel Hardwick wants to put down the local rebellious Khan with bullets and bayonets, but the British government wants to try diplomacy, so Sir Harmon, the civilian leader, orders Hardwick to make no belligerent moves. The outpost is paid an unannounced visit by Sybil Hardwick, the colonel's granddaughter. The charming Sybil, an orphan of about seven, is strong-willed, so when her grandfather orders her to stay in her room, she leaves through the window. She's soon picked up by the Khan's men. The colonel defies Sir Harmon and rides with his men toward the Khan's encampment intent on shooting up the place and rescuing Sybil. A surprise awaits. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

7 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1937-1938 season) #1: The Littlest Diplomat See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was one of four Vitaphone shorts, all filmed in Technicolor and made by Warner Brothers in hopes of launching ten-year-old Sybil Jason as a serious rival to the #1 box office attraction of the time, 20th Century-Fox star Shirley Temple. Jason never caught on with movie audiences, and ended her career playing supporting roles in two of Temple's Fox films. Ironically, the two child actresses struck up a friendship that would endure throughout their lives. See more »


The Colonel of the Regiment
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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I love these Billy Connolly Shorts
6 September 2008 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

I saw the wonderful little girl Sybil Jason in another short "Changing of the Guard," the first film directed by Bobby Connolly, and was impressed. There seems to have been a connection between Conolly and Jason as she was the subject of many of Conolly's Shorts. The last film by Jason was 1940's "The Blue Bird" with Shirley Temple and her scenes were probably edited and deleted because there was a high potential for Jason to Upstage Temple- This is not to say that the two child stars did not get along, but the "Grups" possibly got involved and it all became about personalities, and not what was best for the film- To find out why Sybil Jason did not act in any more Features can be looked into by reading her Autobiography.

This Short follows the basic format set up in 1936's 'Changing of the Guard' which director Bobby Conolly, (of 1938's 'Fools for Scandal') also directed- That film had more tightly directed musical numbers in it... This film has a few, but it actually has a good storyline, good for contemporary children to watch and get something out of.

This short is not nostalgia-driven like "Changing of the Guard" but is a little bit of everything... And if this film is watched carefully, it can be seen that a very delicate issue is lightly touched on- Watch this short to see about this. With the musical and story elements in place, this short is a very nice little package- And as it is in colour, this short could be shown in the big theatres today, and it's message would not be lost.

It seems that the team of writer Sid Herzig/director Bobby Conolly produced these shorts- Most of them highlighting Sybil Jason. Bobby Connolly was a good director, and it is too bad he was taken from us before his time.

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