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Bad Little Angel (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 27 October 1939 (USA)
A Bible-guided Victorian orphan befriends a bootblack in a strange town.

Director:

Wilhelm Thiele (as William Thiele)

Writers:

Margaret Turnbull (story "Looking After Sandy"), Dorothy Yost (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia Weidler ... Patricia Victoria 'Patsy' Sanderson
Gene Reynolds ... Thomas 'Tommy' Wilks
Guy Kibbee ... Luther Marvin
Ian Hunter ... Jm Creighton - Sentinel Editor
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Perkins
Reginald Owen ... Edwards - Marvin's Valet
Henry Hull ... Red Wilks
Lois Wilson ... Mrs. Ellen Creighton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Bedford ... Mrs. Dodd (scenes deleted)
Cora Sue Collins ... Clarabella Dodd (scenes deleted)
Sally Martin Sally Martin ... Belinda (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A Bible-guided Victorian orphan befriends a bootblack in a strange town.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looking After Sandy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the train station ticket agent tells Patricia there is an Egypt, New Jersey (and there is a sign at the train station there), it is fictitious. However there is a New Egypt, NJ--a small town in Ocean County. Never populated by more than a few thousand, it was a major stop for passenger trains on the Pennsylvania Railroad until 1979. See more »

Soundtracks

Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
Music by R. Melish (1780)
Lyrics by Ben Jonson
Played as background music near the end
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You Have To See This To Believe It!
13 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The headline is true, except I should say "has to be HEARD" to be believed. That's because this is so far far removed from anything ever produced in Hollywood, as far as I know. In fact, you would guess some Christian organization made this movie, not mainstream Hollywood, even in 1939.

The unique theme of this movie? Believing in the Bible. Wow, what a novel concept!

The lead character in here, played wonderfully by Virginia Weidler, is an 11 or 12-year-old girl who starts off sentences with, "Well....the Bible says."....or "The Lord told me.." And she's proved right, time after time.

It's a short (72-minute) story about a girl who runs away from home, finds a family, and then helps her "adopted" father with a major problem. Along the way, she transforms a young ruffian and his drunken father, and a grumpy old man who owns the town. This girl - with Scripture in hand - does it all!

It isn't simply a corny, overly sentimental film, although those certainly are ingredients in this mix. There also is drama, action, romance and humor....a little bit of everything.

This is a wonderful, unique film. Sad to say it's never been available on tape or disc. Too bad, because there is a sizable Bible-believing audience out there hungry for something as refreshing as this.


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