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Little Big Shot (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 September 1935 (USA)
A young girl endears herself to her caretakers after her father is murdered by mobsters.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Julius J. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sybil Jason ... Gloria
Glenda Farrell ... Jean
Robert Armstrong ... Steve
Edward Everett Horton ... Mortimer
Jack La Rue ... Doré (as Jack LaRue)
Arthur Vinton ... Kell
J. Carrol Naish ... Bert (as J. Carroll Naish)
Edgar Kennedy ... Onderdonk
Addison Richards ... Hank Gibbs
Joe Sawyer ... Doré's Henchman (as Joseph Sauers)
Emma Dunn ... Orphanage Matron
Ward Bond ... Kell's Henchman
Tammany Young ... Ralph Lewis - the Rajah
Murray Alper ... Doré's Henchman
Marc Lawrence ... Doré's Henchman
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A young girl endears herself to her caretakers after her father is murdered by mobsters.

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Taglines:

"A great kid!" "A great bet!" "A great show!" -- Say the Critics See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Ditadora See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sybil Jason stated in her autobiography that director Michael Curtiz filmed some scenes at a real Hollywood orphanage, and (in the interest of realism) cast real orphans as extras. Among them, Jason remembered, was a young Marilyn Monroe, long before her first "recognized" role. This has not yet been confirmed by film historians and Monroe biographers. See more »

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Quotes

Mortimer: We have everything now but a rubber plant.
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Soundtracks

Künstlerleben, Op. 316 (Artist's Life)
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played as background music at the San Ramon hotel
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A lost masterpiece
15 June 2001 | by ancient-andeanSee all my reviews

Five-year-old Sybil Jason, or "The Countess', with her wonderful clear English diction, is orphaned, and teams up with two cheap four-flushers, the con men Steve (Robert Armstrong) and Mortimer (Edward Everett Horton) on Broadway in depression New York.

What a masterful performance Sybil gave! A true work of acting genius. We first see her in the "Ritz" with her father, Steve and Mortimer eating a palatial dinner neither her gambling indebted father, nor the broke four flushers can afford. Abandoned by her father, Sybil ends up at the con men's cheap hotel. Later, lost on the street in Broadway with three black children, she performs masterful song, dance and imitation routines that can only be compared to the VERY BEST of Shirley Temple and Mitzi Green. In one of the most heartbreaking scenes in cinema history, Steve abandons her at an orphanage where, sobbing, she carries a suitcase nearly as big as herself down the walkway and collapses on the stairs to the front door. Beyond that, you'll have to see the rest of the movie.

Sybil runs the gamut of emotions in her acting, always with her special girlish English accent. Her voice rings like a perfectly tuned bell. With her big brown eyes, she alternates masterfully between a little girl's joy, pain, laughter, longing, affection and fear.

The movie itself is extremely well done. Not your usual depression era child mush-fest, the movie works on many levels -- beyond the little lost orphan story, it is a masterful, tough gangster film, a love story, and a glittering, multi-faceted cinematographic gem of depression era Broadway street scenes.

Favorite line --

The Countess: "I'll be good. I won't say a word. I'll just sit in the corner and eat a lollipop"

Let's hope that the classic movie cable channels dig up some more of Sybil's lost films.


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