Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Little Princess

The Little Princess
Released Date: March 17, 1939
Director: Walter Lang
Actors: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Cesar Romero, Arthur Treacher, Mary Nash, Sybil Jason, Miles Mander, Marcia Mae Jones, and Beryl Mercer

     Shirley Temple was a huge star in the 30s. This would mark her first Technicolor film. Mary Nash has been in a few movies with Temple, the dress she wore in Heidi was used in this movie as well. Watching this movie, you will find yourself tap dancing along, singing, laughing, smiling and crying. This is a Cinderella like story with a hopeful ending.

     Sara Crewe (Shirley Temple) is taken to a private school while her father, Captain Crewe (Ian Hunter) goes to the Boer War. Amanda Minchin (Mary Nash) is the head of the school with money on the mind, and a hard heart. Sara is a happy go lucky girl, with a wonderful imagination. She is loved by a lot of the girls. Though she ends up having one little enemy. She becomes friends with her teacher Rose (Anita Louise), and her boyfriend Geoffrey (Richard Greene), who happens to be her horse back riding teacher. When Geoffrey ends up going to the war, he promises Sara that he will find her father. The war ends around Sara's birthday, and she buys everyone a present, with borrowed money, her father's check is to come and that will take care of all of the presents she bought. Bad news strikes poor Sara's birthday, and she is in a desperate attempt to find her father in the hospital. Will he be there? Watch this adorable movie, with the one and only Shirley Temple.

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