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Heidi (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Musical | 15 October 1937 (USA)
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A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Johanna Spyri (by), Walter Ferris (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Heidi
Jean Hersholt ... Adolph Kramer / Grandfather
Arthur Treacher ... Andrews
Helen Westley ... Blind Anna
Thomas Beck ... Pastor Schultz
Mary Nash ... Fraulein Rottenmeier
Sidney Blackmer ... Herr Sesemann
Pauline Moore ... Elsa
Mady Christians ... Dete
Marcia Mae Jones ... Klara Sesemann
Delmar Watson ... Peter
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Inn Keeper
Christian Rub ... Baker
George Humbert George Humbert ... Organ Grinder
Sig Ruman ... Police Captain (as Sig Rumann)
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Storyline

Eight-year-old Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with Adolph Kramer, her grumpy, old, outcast, survivalist paternal grandfather. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her angelic ways, sheer love, and adorable personality. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion of a rich man's invalid daughter, the grandfather is enraged and sets out to get her back. Back in Frankfurt, loved and adored by everyone she touches except the villainous housekeeper, Fraulein Rottenmeier, she thrives but is inwardly very sad and lonely. No matter what anyone tells her, Heidi, with faith, hope, and the stubbornness she inherited from her grandfather, knows that some day she will be reunited with the him and the beloved people of the mountain's little village. Written by Terry Ann Smulen

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Taglines:

Shirley's A Little Swiss Miss In The Loveliest Story of Her Career !

Genres:

Drama | Family | Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haidei See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Having acted with him four years before in To the Last Man (1933), Shirley Temple chose Delmar Watson to play Peter in this movie. See more »

Goofs

Heidi's legs change position after she falls over whilst performing a curtsy to Herr Sesemann. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dete: [discovering Heidi undressing in the street] Heidi! Put those on!
Heidi: Oh, not everything. I'm so hot!
Dete: Well, keep on your Sunday dress, and your coat. Hurry up.
Heidi: Oh, all right.
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Crazy Credits

Credits are printed into a Heidi storybook. Pages are turned by a hand. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of Heidi (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by Shirley Temple and all in the household
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Not true to the book, but oh Shirley!
2 March 2008 | by rebschucksSee all my reviews

The story of Heidi is kind of hard to present to film-goers. As a book it's wonderful and engaging, but it's just not movie material. Thus we get versions like this, with kidnapping and gypsies and an evil witch of a Fraulein Rottenmeier who wants to keep Klara sick and bring Heidi down.

But how can you not love Shirley Temple? She just takes any movie and makes it golden! And we also have the heart of the story: a little girl who teaches a grumpy old man to open up his heart again. And those two things by themselves help the movie to shine.

A wonderful classic, especially for young viewers, but also good for the young at heart!


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