Little Colonel

Little Colonel

Director: David Butler
     
 

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Shirley Temple's first costume picture -- and one of her best pictures of any kind -- was 1935's The Little Colonel. The story begins in 1870, when unreconstructed Southerner Colonel Lloyd (Lionel Barrymore) disowns his daughter Elizabeth (Evelyn Venable) when she…  See more details below

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Shirley Temple's first costume picture -- and one of her best pictures of any kind -- was 1935's The Little Colonel. The story begins in 1870, when unreconstructed Southerner Colonel Lloyd (Lionel Barrymore) disowns his daughter Elizabeth (Evelyn Venable) when she stubbornly marries damn-Yankee Jack Sherman (John Lodge). Several years pass, during which time the Shermans' daughter, Lloyd (Temple), dubbed "the little colonel," is born. When Jack and Elizabeth suffer a series of financial reverses, they are compelled to move into a small cottage owned by Elizabeth, near her father's estate. As tenacious and opinionated as her grandpa, little Lloyd befriends the crusty old codger and tries to effect a reunion between the colonel and Elizabeth. Her efforts at first meet with failure, but when the ailing Jack is imperiled by all-around villain Swazey (Sidney Blackmer) does the colonel race to the rescue, with the "little colonel" leading the way. The film's brief Technicolor finale, long missing from TV prints, was restored in the mid-'80s. Why Fox felt that Technicolor was needed is a mystery; Shirley Temple's name in and of itself was the principal drawing card of The Little Colonel, while Temple's famous stair-dance duet with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was worth the admission price in itself.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An incredibly popular film in its time and for many years later, The Little Colonel now comes across as severely dated. This is, of course, most obvious in the manner in which its black characters are sometimes treated and delineated, but the problem goes deeper than that -- the story itself is pure cornball hokum. Even those with a taste for this may find much of Colonel a little hard to swallow, for the screenplay is simply bad. And yet Colonel has a fair share of rewards, starting with the unlikely but totally charming teaming of Shirley Temple and Lionel Barrymore. Barrymore's patented crustiness is a perfect foil for Temple's abundant charm, and though the script makes the inevitable melting rather sticky and gooey, Barrymore makes it palatable. And though her apple-cheek wholesomeness is easy to parody and mock, Temple really did have something -- and she pulls out all the stops to make you like that something, working so hard that even the most resistant are likely to give in. Of course, Colonel also has one of the true classic movie musical moments, the "stair dance" between Temple and Bill Robinson. It's three minutes of sheer magic and is able to transport the viewer out of the picture and into a little slice of heaven. Colonel itself is dated, but that sequence is solid gold.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
UPC:
0024543368717
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame, Colorized]
Time:
1:21:00

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Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Lloyd Sherman, the Little Colonel
Lionel Barrymore Colonel Lloyd
Evelyn Venable Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman
John Lodge Jack Sherman
Sidney Blackmer Swazey
Alden Chase Hull
William Burress Dr. Scott
Frank Darien Nebler
Hattie McDaniel Mom Beck
Geneva Williams Maria
Avonne Jackson May Lily
Nyamza Potts Henry Clay
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Frank Randolph
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Walker the butler
Harry Strang Sergeant
Robert Warwick Commanding Officer
Lillian West Neighbor Woman
Thomas Kellard Actor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
William Conselman Screenwriter
Buddy G. DeSylva Producer
Art Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Thomas Moore Score Composer
Irene Morra Editor
William Skall Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Shirley Temple Collection: The Little Colonel, Vol. 8
1. Main Titles [1:02]
2. Love's Young Dream [3:07]
3. The Man I'll Marry [3:54]
4. Armed with Golden Curls [3:43]
5. To Find Their Fortune [2:32]
6. No Daughter of Mine! [2:51]
7. As Stubborn as You! [2:23]
8. From One Colonel to Another [4:35]
9. Living on Love [3:13]
10. Duped [1:42]
11. The Spelling Bee [1:09]
12. Sins Washed Away [3:06]
13. The Baptism of Henry Clay [2:23]
14. Love's Young Dream (Reprise) [4:55]
15. I Salute You! [5:07]
16. In Her Grandfather's Arms [1:44]
17. Papa Jack's Coming Home! [2:15]
18. When Family Needs Family [3:30]
19. I Like What I Have [1:40]
20. A Friend to Share a Dream With [3:41]
21. Land Worth Owning [2:15]
22. Oh Susanna [2:38]
23. With All Her Courage [10:55]
24. Together at Last/End Titles [2:02]
1. Main Titles [1:02]
2. Love's Young Dream [3:07]
3. The Man I'll Marry [3:54]
4. Armed with Golden Curls [3:43]
5. To Find Their Fortune [2:32]
6. No Daughter of Mine! [2:51]
7. As Stubborn as You! [2:23]
8. From One Colonel to Another [4:35]
9. Living on Love [3:13]
10. Duped [1:42]
11. The Spelling Bee [1:09]
12. Sins Washed Away [3:06]
13. The Baptism of Henry Clay [2:23]
14. Love's Young Dream (Reprise) [4:55]
15. I Salute You! [5:07]
16. In Her Grandfather's Arms [1:44]
17. Papa Jack's Coming Home! [2:15]
18. When Family Needs Family [3:30]
19. I Like What I Have [1:40]
20. A Friend to Share a Dream With [3:41]
21. Land Worth Owning [2:15]
22. Oh Susanna [2:38]
23. With All Her Courage [10:55]
24. Together at Last/End Titles [2:02]

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