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Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Approved | | Adventure, Family | 30 July 1937 (USA)
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Priscilla Williams, a young girl living with her widowed mother and paternal grandfather at the post he commands in northern India, becomes enamored of military life and embroiled in brewing rebellion against the crown in the early 1900's.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (screen play), Julien Josephson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Priscilla Williams
Victor McLaglen ... Sgt. MacDuff
C. Aubrey Smith ... Col. Williams
June Lang ... Joyce Williams
Michael Whalen ... Coppy - Lt. Brandes
Cesar Romero ... Khoda Khan
Constance Collier ... Mrs. Allardyce
Douglas Scott ... Mott
Gavin Muir ... Capt. Bibberbeigh
Willie Fung ... Mohammet Dihn
Brandon Hurst ... Bagby
Lionel Pape ... Maj. Allardyce
Clyde Cook ... Pipe Major Sneath
Bunny Beatty Bunny Beatty ... Elsie Allardyce (as Lauri Beatty)
Lionel Braham ... Maj. Gen. Hammond
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Storyline

Priscilla Williams is a young girl traveling with her mother, Joyce, to join her paternal grandfather, a British army colonel, at the post he commands in northern India. Upon arrival, they witness the capture of Khoda Khan, leader of the rebel Indian faction. Priscilla plays at being a soldier and is even given a uniform and allowed to drill by the genial Sergeant MacDuff, but her gruff grandfather disapproves and insists she remain apart from the troops. She eventually charms him, along with everyone else on the post, including Khoda Khan, whom she wins over by returning a talisman he's dropped. When the attractive Lieutenant Brandes deserts his post to take Joyce to a dance, Khan escapes, and Brandes is arrested. As hostilities with the rebels mount, Priscilla and servant Mohammet Dihn --actually an Indian spy--take off for Khoda Khan's stronghold. Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Adventure | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mascota del regimiento See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Black and White (sepiatone with blue tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley Temple disclosed in her autobiography that this was the only film she made in which she received an onscreen spanking, much to the chagrin of June Lang who played the spanker and feared that her career would suffer as a result of the audience seeing the popular Shirley being treated in this fashion. The scene was shot but cut from the final film. See more »

Quotes

Priscilla Williams: [on her new nickname] Wee Willie Winkie. It does sound like a soldier, doesn't it?
Sgt. Donald MacDuff: Aye.
Priscilla Williams: Then I'd be Private Winkie!
Sgt. Donald MacDuff: Private Winkie it is. A full-fledged soldier of the Queen!
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Blue Bonnets Over the Border
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two very different legendary names
5 August 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1897. Widower Joyce Williams and her young daughter Priscilla (Shirley Temple) arrive in northern India to live with her hard-nosed and distant father-in-law Colonel Williams. They are met by Sergeant Donald MacDuff at the train station where rebel leader Khoda Khan is captured with a load of guns. MacDuff gives Priscilla the nickname private Winkie.

The pairing of Shirley Temple and director John Ford may seem oddly ill-fitting. In a way, America's darling and America's western director have their sincerity in common. They are both Hollywood professionals. While Shirley Temple does her comedic cuteness, Ford surrounds it with something slightly gritty. It's still an odd mixture but it's a fascinating mixture. It has Temple's supreme childlike optimism while maintaining shades of reality. Quite frankly, this could be her best 'film'.


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