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Little Miss Broadway (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 29 July 1938 (USA)
An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Harry Tugend (original screen play), Jack Yellen (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Betsy Brown
George Murphy ... Roger Wendling
Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy Clayton
Phyllis Brooks ... Barbara Shea
Edna May Oliver ... Sarah Wendling (as Edna Mae Oliver)
George Barbier ... Fiske
Edward Ellis ... Pop Shea
Jane Darwell ... Miss Hutchins
El Brendel ... Ole
Donald Meek ... Willoughby Wendling
Patricia Wilder ... Flossie
Claude Gillingwater ... Judge (as Claude Gillingwater Sr.)
George Brasno George Brasno ... George Brasno (as George)
Olive Brasno Olive Brasno ... Olive Brasno (as Olive)
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Mike Brody
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Storyline

An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.

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Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bowery Princess See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Welden (Taxi Driver) and Clarence Wilson (Scully) are in Studio Records for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. They may have been filmed, but cut before release. See more »

Goofs

When the "Hot and Happy Four" are checking into the Hotel Variety, they agree to pay a year in advance at $40 per week. Mr. Wendling hands Mr. Shea a check and says "52 times 40 is 2,008." Mr Shea is pleased with this amount and Betsy even compliments him on his arithmetic. Captions verify the line. The error is that 52 x 40 = 2,080, not 2,008. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Wendling: Officer, there's the child you're after.
William J. 'Pop' Shea: You let her alone!
Detective: Now, just a minute...
Betsy Brown: Don't you hurt Pop! Don't you dare hurt Pop!
Detective: We're not hurting anyone, little girl. There's no need to get excited, but we've got orders to pick her up.
Betsy Brown: No, no! I want to stay with Pop!
Detective: Well, I don't blame you, but you come along with us, and your pop will straighten things out later.
William J. 'Pop' Shea: I'm afraid you'll have to go with them, Betsy.
Betsy Brown: But I don't want to go back to the orphanage! I want to stay with you!
William J. 'Pop' Shea: Now, don't ...
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Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Sung a cappella briefly by Jimmy Durante
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Shirley pleads her case
4 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Darryl F. Zanuck gave Shirley Temple a really great supporting cast for Little Miss Broadway. You can't go wrong with a cast that includes Donald Meek, Claude Gillingwater, Edna Mae Oliver, El Brendel, and the great Jimmy Durante.

Shirley is adopted from Jane Darwell's orphanage by Edward Ellis a friend of her deceased parents and his daughter Phyllis Brooks who run a hotel for theatrical types. Ellis is a guy who gives easy credit so when the imperious dowager landlady of the hotel wants what is due he's caught in a bad cash flow situation.

It's more than that, Oliver hates theatrical folks and is determined to close the hotel even going against her brother Donald Meek and their dancing nephew George Murphy who likes Ellis, Temple, and especially Brooks.

The finale is a courtroom scene where Shirley pleads the case of the performers who have to prove how good they are to the satisfaction of Judge Gillingwater. Shirley is a persuasive advocate.

For fans of Fox's eternal moppet and fans to be.


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