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The Little Princess [1939]

Director:Walter Lang
Writer:Ethel Hill
Walter Ferris
Composer:Louis Silvers
Length:93 minutes
(1 hour 33 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:88%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, while her father goes to Africa with the army.

Reaction: Cute and classic.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Walter Lang => Director
Ethel Hill => Writer
Walter Ferris => Writer
Louis Silvers => Composer
Frances Hodgson Burnett => Novel
Anita Louise => Rose
Arthur Treacher => Bertie Minchin
Beryl Mercer => Queen Victoria
Cesar Romero => Ram Dass
Clyde Cook => Attendant
Deidre Gale => Jessie
E.E. Clive => Mr. Barrows
Eily Malyon => Cook
Ian Hunter => Captain Crewe
Ira Stevens => Ermengarde
Keith Hitchcock => Bobbie (as Keith Kenneth)
Marcia Mae Jones => Lavinia
Mary Nash => Amanda Minchin
Miles Mander => Lord Wickham
Richard Greene => Geoffrey Hamilton
Rita Page => Minnie - Cook's Helper (uncredited)
Shirley Temple => Sara Crewe
Sybil Jason => Becky

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Mary Nash's costumes from Heidi were recycled for this film.
  • Sara's black dress was bought new and aged for the film.
  • In the scene where a parrot flies into Sara's room off of Ram Daz's (Cesar Romero) shoulder, originally a small monkey was to be used. However, the monkey did not seem to like Shirley Temple and kept trying to bite her. So for safety sake, they used a Macaw parrot instead.
  • The original source of the movie was a novel called Sara Crewe; or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and it was published in 1888. She later adapted her book for the stage calling it A Little Princess (in London, 1902) and The Little Princess (in New York, 1903). It was successful enough that her publisher, C. Scribner's Sons, requested that she expand her original novel to include scenes from the play. The result was the final novel, A Little Princess; being the whole story of Sara Crewe, which was published in 1905, and is the secondary source for the movie.
  • The full name of the book this movie is based on is A Little Princess, Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Here Told For the First Time by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • Shirley Temple's first Technicolor film.