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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Betsy Brown
... Roger Wendling
... Jimmy Clayton
... Barbara Shea
... Sarah Wendling (as Edna Mae Oliver)
... Fiske
... Pop Shea
... Miss Hutchins
... Ole
... Willoughby Wendling
... Flossie
... Judge (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
George Brasno ... George Brasno (as George)
Olive Brasno ... Olive Brasno (as Olive)
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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Bowery Princess  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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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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When the spectator in the courtroom pushes Mrs. Wendling after the "Sing Me an Old-Fashioned Tune" bit, the bench wobbles. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Clayton: Eight bucks from the Tri-State Field and five from the Downs. Now how much we short?
William J. 'Pop' Shea: About twenty-one hundred.
Jimmy Clayton: National debt! I thought I was bringing home the bacon.
Flossie: And you laid an egg!
William J. 'Pop' Shea: Thanks just the same. You're a great guy, Jimmy.
Flossie: That goes for me too, bubble-brain.
Jimmy Clayton: Is that straight from the balcony, Juliet? Must be my streamline personality. Guess I ain't as bad as I look, eh?
Flossie: You couldn't be!
William J. 'Pop' Shea: That does it! From now on whenever you talk to me, you can start the conversation with goodbye!
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Soundtracks

Little Miss Broadway
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
Played over opening and closing credits
Also sung by George Murphy
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It's All Here In One Package
29 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

This might be the best of all the Shirley Temple movies of the 1930s because its so interesting start-to-finish.

The only annoying person is Edna May Oliver, who plays the standard mean old lady who is out to ruin things for the ""good guys" Fortunately, she's not in a lot of scenes and eventually even changes her thoughts for the better.

The rest of the film is nothing but nice people who are a lot of fun to watch. George Murphy and Phyllis Brooks are the typical (for Temple movies) super nice, handsome young couple which gets together in the end.

Edward Ellis plays a nice old man and Donald Meek nearly steals the show with some funny lines and funny faces. I thought James Durante would be funny, but he had more of a straight than comedic role.

Other features which make this movie stand out from normal Temple fare were unique characters (midgets, twins, penguins and more) and a tremendous amount of songs and dances (much more than normally heard).

All the elements that made Shirley Temple's films so successful are rolled up into this movie. Great stuff!


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