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Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Family | 30 July 1937 (USA)
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Priscilla Williams, a young girl living with her widowed mother and paternal grandfather at the post he commands in northern India, becomes enamored of military life and embroiled in brewing rebellion against the crown in the early 1900's.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (screen play), Julien Josephson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Priscilla Williams
Victor McLaglen ... Sgt. MacDuff
C. Aubrey Smith ... Col. Williams
June Lang ... Joyce Williams
Michael Whalen ... Coppy - Lt. Brandes
Cesar Romero ... Khoda Khan
Constance Collier ... Mrs. Allardyce
Douglas Scott ... Mott
Gavin Muir ... Capt. Bibberbeigh
Willie Fung ... Mohammet Dihn
Brandon Hurst ... Bagby
Lionel Pape Lionel Pape ... Maj. Allardyce
Clyde Cook ... Pipe Major Sneath
Bunny Beatty Bunny Beatty ... Elsie Allardyce (as Lauri Beatty)
Lionel Braham ... Maj. Gen. Hammond
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Storyline

Priscilla Williams is a young girl traveling with her mother, Joyce, to join her paternal grandfather, a British army colonel, at the post he commands in northern India. Upon arrival, they witness the capture of Khoda Khan, leader of the rebel Indian faction. Priscilla plays at being a soldier and is even given a uniform and allowed to drill by the genial Sergeant MacDuff, but her gruff grandfather disapproves and insists she remain apart from the troops. She eventually charms him, along with everyone else on the post, including Khoda Khan, whom she wins over by returning a talisman he's dropped. When the attractive Lieutenant Brandes deserts his post to take Joyce to a dance, Khan escapes, and Brandes is arrested. As hostilities with the rebels mount, Priscilla and servant Mohammet Dihn --actually an Indian spy--take off for Khoda Khan's stronghold. Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Adventure | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mascota del regimiento See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (sepiatone with blue tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original story by Rudyard Kipling was about a boy, Percival Williams, but this was changed to a girl, Priscilla Williams, in order for Shirley Temple to play the role. See more »

Quotes

Priscilla Williams: [on her new nickname] Wee Willie Winkie. It does sound like a soldier, doesn't it?
Sgt. Donald MacDuff: Aye.
Priscilla Williams: Then I'd be Private Winkie!
Sgt. Donald MacDuff: Private Winkie it is. A full-fledged soldier of the Queen!
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God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
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John Ford directs Shirley Temple...but results are still sticky
25 May 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Showcase for Shirley Temple, produced on a much grander scale than most of her vehicles, has the feisty youngster and her newly-widowed mother traveling to war-torn North India in the late 1800s to live with Shirley's estranged paternal grandfather, a colonel stationed with the British Army. Loosely adapted from a Rudyard Kipling story, with some exciting set-ups and sequences at the outset; but, sadly, the picture runs out of intriguing ideas before the finale. Director John Ford seems to lose track of the supporting characters in an attempt to resurrect the typical Shirley Temple scenario, although Cesar Romero is well-cast and memorable as Khoda Khan. Handsome, to be certain, but not one of the diminutive star's better efforts. ** from ****


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