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Little Miss Broadway (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 29 July 1938 (USA)
An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Harry Tugend (original screen play), Jack Yellen (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Betsy Brown
George Murphy ... Roger Wendling
Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy Clayton
Phyllis Brooks ... Barbara Shea
Edna May Oliver ... Sarah Wendling (as Edna Mae Oliver)
George Barbier ... Fiske
Edward Ellis ... Pop Shea
Jane Darwell ... Miss Hutchins
El Brendel ... Ole
Donald Meek ... Willoughby Wendling
Patricia Wilder ... Flossie
Claude Gillingwater ... Judge (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
George Brasno George Brasno ... George Brasno (as George)
Olive Brasno Olive Brasno ... Olive Brasno (as Olive)
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Mike Brody
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Storyline

An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bowery Princess See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Welden (Taxi Driver) and Clarence Wilson (Scully) are in Studio Records for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. They may have been filmed, but cut before release. See more »

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Betsy is sent back to the orphanage, and the girls are trying to cheer her up. When the girl with the glasses says, "And when you're sad as all that," her lips are not moving. See more »

Quotes

Roger Wendling: It's my property and my money just as much as it is hers, and trustee or no trustee, she's got to give it to me.
Willoughby Wendling: Did you ask her?
Roger Wendling: I asked her for the hotel and fifteen hundred dollars, just enough to rent a theater and back a show to give those poor devils a chance to earn a living for themselves.
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If All the World Were Paper
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Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
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Such Talent for such a little girl!
9 May 2005 | by LynashleySee all my reviews

An orphaned Shirley is adopted by an elderly man and his daughter who run a hotel for "Entertainers", however when the rent is past due, the grumpy wealthy landlady who lives next door, tries to have the hotel closed. When that attempt fails, she has Shirley sent back to the orphanage, because of the " unwholesome " atmosphere at the hotel. But fear not, it IS a Shirley movie---it always works out!

I think this is an adorable movie. It's hard to grasp the reality of how YOUNG Shirley was when she did these films. To be so talented at such a young age! The story is cute, with a probably predictable ending, but the characters stand out and keep your interest. And watching Shirley dance to " We Belong Together " with George Murphy always makes me smile. Edna Oliver is PERFECT as a cantankerous IL' landlady. The film clearly isn't an Oscar winner, but if you enjoy good, wholesome entertainment without all the sex, violence and fowl language, you will LOVE this movie.


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