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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 18 March 1938 (USA)
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Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screen play), Don Ettlinger (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Rebecca Winstead
Randolph Scott ... Anthony Kent
Jack Haley ... Orville Smithers
Gloria Stuart ... Gwen Warren
Phyllis Brooks ... Lola Lee
Helen Westley ... Aunt Miranda Wilkins
Slim Summerville ... Homer Busby
Bill Robinson ... Aloysius
Raymond Scott and His Quintet Raymond Scott and His Quintet ... Raymond Scott and His Quintet (as Raymond Scott Quintet)
Alan Dinehart ... Purvis
J. Edward Bromberg ... Dr. Hill
Dixie Dunbar ... Receptionist
Paul Hurst ... Florabelle's Father
William Demarest ... Henry Kipper
Ruth Gillette ... Melba
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Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mam'zelle vedette See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Haley & Gloria Stuart also starred with Shirley Temple in "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1936). See more »

Goofs

When Rebecca's uncle negotiates her legal guardianship papers, after he says "So long kid, see you in church" she says, "Thank you, Tony." Her uncle's name is Henry.

Rebecca is looking at 'Tony' and saying "Thank You, Tony" for getting her contract back from Uncle Henry and getting rid of him. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Young man, what are you going to pay Rebecca?
Rebecca Winstead: But Aunt Miranda, I don't want any pay. I love to sing.
Tony Kent: Then you don't mind, Miss Wilkins?
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Of course I mind. I'm not going to have my niece be a big radio star and not get paid for it.
Tony Kent: You won't have a thing to worry about, I assure you.
Gwen Warren: Aunt Miranda, you're an old dear.
Tony Kent: You're a honey, Miss Wilkins.
Homer Busby: And how about me?
Aunt Miranda Wilkins: Homer Busby, you're an old fool.
Rebecca Winstead: But you can't wait much longer, Aunt Miranda.
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In 2005, a new colorized version appeared, prepared by Legend Films, replacing the older colorized version used for television and video. See more »

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Referenced in Bachelor Father: Bentley and the Social Worker (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Good Ship Lollipop
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung as part of a medley by Shirley Temple
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Surprisingly good!
4 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Lately, I have watched a bunch of Shirley Temple movies. I used to think they were all very schmaltzy, but this isn't always the case. Plus, since she was such a lovable and adorable child, even a bit of schmaltz manages to work. Of the dozen or so Temple films I've seen in the last month, I would place "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" among the very best. And, after over 70 years, it's still very enjoyable.

This film begins with Rebecca being shuttled about by her no-good uncle (William Demarest) from one audition to another. At the final audition, Rebecca wows the producer (Randolph Scott) and sponsor but the dumb assistant (Jack Haley) tells the girl that she was rejected when she really wasn't. At the end of their ropes, the uncle dumps the child on her aunt--an old grouch living at Sunnybrook Farm. The aunt is happy to take the child and Rebecca soon endears herself to everyone (big surprise). In a coincidence you'll only see in movies, her new neighbor happens to be the producer--who has been frantically searching for the child for his show. But, when he eventually discovers who she is, the aunt is not about to let the girl 'ruin her life by going into show business'! What's next? See the film.

While the film has almost nothing to do with the novel "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm", it manages to work very, very well. Much of it is the writing--the script has a nice sense of humor and is better written than normal. In addition, a wonderful supporting cast helps by not placing all the film on the shoulders of little Shirley. In addition to Haley, Demarest and Scott, Gloria Stuart, Slim Summerville and Bill Robinson round out the cast. Overall, a treat--a Shirley Temple film that manages to make you smile and keeps the saccharine level in check. Well worth your time. Plus, it made my wife laugh and smile throughout--a positive statement indeed as she's even more cynical than me when it comes to films.


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