Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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Previously filmed in 1917 and 1932, Kate Douglas Wiggins' bucolic novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is herein refashioned--and completely, totally, utterly rewritten--as a vehicle for 10-year-old Shirley Temple. Unable to land a radio contract for himself and his niece Rebecca Winstead (Temple), fly-by-night vaudevillian Henry Kipper (William Demarest) leaves the girl in the care of her aunt, Miranda Wilkins (Helen Westley), who runs a little farm with the help of hired hands Homer (Slim Summerville) and Aloysius ...
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Previously filmed in 1917 and 1932, Kate Douglas Wiggins' bucolic novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is herein refashioned--and completely, totally, utterly rewritten--as a vehicle for 10-year-old Shirley Temple. Unable to land a radio contract for himself and his niece Rebecca Winstead (Temple), fly-by-night vaudevillian Henry Kipper (William Demarest) leaves the girl in the care of her aunt, Miranda Wilkins (Helen Westley), who runs a little farm with the help of hired hands Homer (Slim Summerville) and Aloysius (Bill Robinson). Miranda has an intense dislike for "show folks," but her next-door neighbor Anthony Kent (Randolph Scott), a talent scout for a major radio network, sees great possibilities in the talented Rebecca and secretly arranges an audition. In short order, Rebecca becomes the biggest sensation on the airwaves, whereupon the mercenary Kipper returns out of nowhere and demands that Miranda return the girl to his care. By now, Rebecca and Miranda have grown to love one another dearly, and the girl doesn't want to leave the farm, but she does what she is told--only to foil the conniving Kipper with a convenient last-minute "illness" (a scene that provides a showcase role for Franklin Pangborn) as a nervous standby organist). Future Titanic costar Gloria Stuart appears as Gwen Warren, obligatory love interest for Anthony Kent. Musical highlights include a medley of hit tunes from Shirley Temple's previous films (including, inevitably, "On the Good Ship Lollipop"), and a climactic tap duet spotlighting Temple and the inimitable Bill Robinson, danced to the tune of Raymond Scott's "Toy Trumpet."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/1998
  • UPC: 086162857836
  • Original Release: 1938
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Presentation: Colorized
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Aloysius
George "Slim" Summerville Homer Busby
J. Edward Bromberg Dr. Hill
Alan Dinehart Purvis
Dixie Dunbar Receptionist
Paul Hurst Mug
William Demarest Henry Kepper
Ruth Gillette Melba
Paul Harvey Cyrus Bartlett
Clarence H. Wilson Jake Singer
Sam Hayes Radio Announcer
Gary Breckner Radio Announcer
Carroll Nye Radio Announcer
Franklin Pangborn Hamilton Montmarcy
William Wagner Rev. Turner
Eily Malyon Mrs. Turner
Mary McCarty Florabelle
Lynn Bari
Raymond Scott Quintette Themselves
Technical Credits
Allan Dwan Director
Nick Castle Choreography
Don Ettlinger Screenwriter
Mack Gordon Score Composer
Raymond Griffith Producer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Art Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Allen McNeil Editor
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Sidney D. Mitchell Score Composer
Hans Peters Art Director
Lew Pollack Score Composer
Harry Revel Score Composer
Raymond Scott Score Composer
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Jack Yellen Score Composer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
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