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Kathleen (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 January 1942 (USA)
Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and ... See full summary »


Harold S. Bucquet


Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), Kay Van Riper (based on a story by)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Temple ... Kathleen Davis
Herbert Marshall ... John Davis
Laraine Day ... Dr. Martha Kent
Gail Patrick ... Lorraine Bennett
Felix Bressart ... Mr. Schoner
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Farrell
Lloyd Corrigan ... Dr. Montague Foster
Guy Bellis Guy Bellis ... Jarvis
Wade Boteler ... Policeman
Charles Judels ... Manager
Else Argal Else Argal ... Maid
Margaret Bert ... Margaret
James Flavin ... Moving Man
Monte Collins Monte Collins ... Moving Man
Joe Yule ... Sign Poster


Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and her, and tells everyone that she has such a family. Because of this story, she cannot invite any friends over as they will see that it is not true. Kathleen and her nanny, Mrs. Farrell do not get along, so her father hires a psychologist name Dr. Kent to be her new nanny for the summer. Her father has a new girlfriend, named Lorraine, who he is considering for his wife and mother to Kathleen. Kathleen does not like her and Lorraine is cold to Kathleen. Kathleen envisions Dr. Kent as the perfect mother for her and wife for her father. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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She's twelve and TERRIFIC now


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl on the Hill See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Los Angeles 24 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 9 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Minneapolis 17 February 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Chicago 27 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by New Haven CT 25 June 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Cincinnati 9 July 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Portland OR 12 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), and by New York City 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); it first aired in Seattle 30 December 1957 on KING (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 19 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


Mrs. Farrell: If you were a nice girl with a nice clean mind, you wouldn't keep a diary.
Kathleen Davis: You peeping Tom!
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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1941) See more »


Around the Corner
Music and lyrics by Roger Edens and Earl K. Brent (as Earl Brent)
Played during the opening and closing credits
Played on a music box several times
Sung by Shirley Temple (uncredited) and chorus in a musical review during her daydream
Played as background music often
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A pretty good movie
12 January 2014 | by davecook5See all my reviews

I saw "Kathleen" thanks to someone who taped it off TCM.com then put it up on YouTube. It's still on YouTube if you're interested. It has never been released on DVD or VHS.

In Shirley Temple's autobiography "Child Star", there's a photo of her on the set of "Kathleen" with bongos strapped to her waist. She's in a shell-shaped bandstand with other cast members performing a calypso number.

She writes that the stage undulated (moved in a wave fashion), making it very difficult for the dancers to get the scene down right. Everybody had to stay late for constant re-shoots.

So, in the movie from YouTube, the scene is not in there. There's just one song and dance routine but it's not a calypso with the bongos. The one from YouTube ran almost an hour and a half.

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