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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 18 March 1938 (USA)
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Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screen play), Don Ettlinger (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Rebecca Winstead
Randolph Scott ... Anthony Kent
Jack Haley ... Orville Smithers
Gloria Stuart ... Gwen Warren
Phyllis Brooks ... Lola Lee
Helen Westley ... Aunt Miranda Wilkins
Slim Summerville ... Homer Busby
Bill Robinson ... Aloysius
Raymond Scott and His Quintet Raymond Scott and His Quintet ... Raymond Scott and His Quintet (as Raymond Scott Quintet)
Alan Dinehart ... Purvis
J. Edward Bromberg ... Dr. Hill
Dixie Dunbar ... Receptionist
Paul Hurst ... Florabelle's Father
William Demarest ... Henry Kipper
Ruth Gillette ... Melba
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Storyline

Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mam'zelle vedette 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

The pigtailed hairdo that Shirley Temple wears in the farm scenes made headline news when this film was released. See more »

Goofs

When Rebecca's uncle negotiates her legal guardianship papers, after he says "So long kid, see you in church" she says, "Thank you, Tony." Her uncle's name is Henry.

Rebecca is looking at 'Tony' and saying "Thank You, Tony" for getting her contract back from Uncle Henry and getting rid of him. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Homer Busby, get off that bed!
Homer Busby: Mirandy! You're talking to me!
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Of course I'm talking to you. Now take me to Rebecca.
Homer Busby: Oh, Mirandy, I've waited twenty-five years for this moment.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Fiddlesticks.
Homer Busby: Don't be stubborn any longer. We're wasting the best years of our lives.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Homer Busby, you're revolting.
Homer Busby: Come on, Mirandy, give in.
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: How can I trust you after the way you've acted?
Homer Busby: I swear I'll never keep you waiting again. Give me one more chance.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Last Tap Dance in Springfield (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Gotta Eat Your Spinach, Baby
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mary McCarty
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Another Shirley Temple Crowd Pleaser
24 July 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A frantic radio producer must find the perfect Little Miss America for an advertiser's national program. He discovers her in his country neighbor, REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM, an incredibly talented & precocious moppet, who proceeds to charm all around her & bring happiness into the lives of those who love her.

Little Shirley Temple turns in another crowd-pleasing performance in this pleasant family film - which bears almost no resemblance to the Kate Douglas Wiggin classic. It's easy to see why the little tyke was Hollywood's top star for years. Her smile & vivacity are still stunning decades later.

This time Shirley is surrounded by a plethora of male talent: rugged Randolph Scott, giving a slightly wooden performance no doubt caused by the chagrin of playing second fiddle to a ten-year-old; peppy Jack Haley, always eager to please; veteran William Demerest, displaying some of his best pratfalls; laconic comic Slim Summerville, the unlikeliest lover; flustered Franklin Pangborn, as a very nervous organist; and the great Bill `Bojangles' Robinson, given distressingly little to do in his role as a farmhand - until the film's final moments when he gets to shine in a tap routine with Shirley.

Helen Westley is great fun as grumpy Aunt Miranda; lovely Gloria Stuart is given little to do except look, well, lovely.

That's champion character actress Eily Malyon as the Reverend's cake-eating wife. Movie mavens will recognize old Clarence Wilson as a shyster attorney.

Shirley sings `An Old Straw Hat' & `Come And Get Your Happiness', as well as a medley of her past hits.

Query: Why do film makers think radio audiences are thrilled by listening to tap dancing? In films like this you don't ask questions like that.


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