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Little Miss Broadway (1938)

Approved | | 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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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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Drama | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bowery Princess See more »

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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

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When Roger introduces Betsy to his aunt he calls her Betty instead of Betsy. See more »

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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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Happy Birthday to You
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Music by Mildred J. Hill
Lyrics by Patty S. Hill
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The most "musical" of all Temple's movies.
24 December 2006 | by jootes-garlandSee all my reviews

Being this the very first Shirley Temple movie I've ever seen, I must say it's my favorite. Shirley gives a great performance singing and dancing in all her numbers! And that one we can really call "musical". On the other ones we can see only one or two scenes with singing and dancing, but at this one you can see singing and dancing almost all the time.

Shirley's an optimistic orphan who is adopted by a Vaudeville hotel "owner" and his daughter. She meets a guy (George Murphy, who is FABULOUS dancing with Shirley on the number "We Should be Together") trying to convince his aunt (Edna May Oliver, the real owner) to not close the hotel.

Shirley looks so sweet in that movie, in all her numbers -- especially in "If the world was a paper", "We should be together" and "Little Miss Broadway".

Anyway, this is a very enjoyable movie. Anyone who watches it can enjoy not just Shirley's performances but almost everything in the movie: the story, the characters, the songs, the dancing and so on. A heartwarming movie starring one of the sweetest Child-Stars of all the time with fabulous co-stars. A family movie that can be watched by children, adults and even teenagers and old people.


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