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 ... 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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Shirley's A Little Swiss Miss In The Loveliest Story of Her Career ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The scene in which Heidi smuggles a litter of kittens into the house, and the following scene in which Sebastian hides the kittens from Heidi's cat-hating aunt, were in the original book; the scene with the capuchin monkey was written for the film. See more »

Goofs

The butler tells Heidi that she is being served 'false hare', a type of German meatloaf. But the meat on the serving platter is clearly a joint of roast beef. 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 (2014) 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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Marvelous film.
5 December 2006 | by halograceSee all my reviews

One of my top 40 favorite films, of all time. Can watch this movie over and over again. My Grandson will watch the entire movie with me, and he is just four years old. From the moment Heidi arrives on the mountain to live with her Grandfather, the film captures ones imagination. The spirit of Heidi, the bond she develops with her Grandfather. Her finding a bed in the straw with the coverlet, milking the goat, carrying a load of firewood on her back, and my Grandson's favorite scene, sledding down the snow covered mountain on a sled, all show the child's perfect life with her Grandfather. When disrupted by her mean-spirited Aunt, and taken to live in the city, Heidi is instantly a favorite of Clara, the Butler and Clara's father. Once again, heart warming scenes capture the spirit of the girl. The monkey shines, the school lessons, the manners taught, all paint a vivid picture. None the less, Heidi and the Grandfather can not be kept apart, and each fights a mighty battle to be rejoined. Don't miss this fabulous film, a favorite around the holidays, when Heidi sings "Silent Night", I challenge you to keep a tear from your eye. Beautiful film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heidi See more »

Company Credits

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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