Little Princess

The Little Princess

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Director: Walter Lang

Cast: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise

     
 

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Shirley Temple stars in the 1939 drama The Little Princess, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This disc from Sling Shot presents the film with a standard full-frame transfer from the original 35 mm nitrate Technicolor materials. The Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack is rendered in English. The only special feature for this disc is the short called

Overview

Shirley Temple stars in the 1939 drama The Little Princess, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This disc from Sling Shot presents the film with a standard full-frame transfer from the original 35 mm nitrate Technicolor materials. The Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack is rendered in English. The only special feature for this disc is the short called "Dora's Dunking Doughnuts" starring Temple. There are a plethora of DVD releases for this title, so viewers are advised to shop around.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Shirley Temple was at her most engaging in this handsome adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's story, playing plucky Sara Crewe, who finds herself orphaned and reduced to near-indentured servitude at the boarding school where she was formerly a student. Director Walter Lang manages to balance the drama, the little bits of song-and-dance (mostly courtesy of Arthur Treacher), the comedy, the romance (provided by Richard Greene and Anita Louise), and the Technicolor glow of the production, creating one of Temple's most enjoyable movies. Lang's handling of the actors is lively, engaging, and smooth -- he never lets the splendor of the Technicolor shooting, or the lavish sets, stand in the way of moving the story forward or letting his actors do what they're there to do -- the result is a set of highly memorable portrayals in an exquisite screen setting, presenting late Victorian at its most opulent and beautiful (and, at times, cruel). This is the kind of storytelling in which the old Hollywood had no equal, and looking at the pacing, drama, humor, and fantasy elements, one wonders what Lang might have made out of a movie such as Mary Poppins if he'd had the chance to work on that a quarter century later (not that Robert Stevenson did a bad job with the latter...). Additionally, his handling of the dream/fantasy sequence here anticipates his treatment, more than two decades later, of the action through the entire body of Snow White And The Three Stooges (and goes a long way toward explaining the success of that movie). But at the center of this movie's success is Temple, nearing the end of her childhood appeal but able to flex some real acting muscles, especially working in the same scenes with villainous Mary Nash. The only drawback to appreciating The Little Princess is the lapse of its copyright in 1967, which has resulted in a plethora of unauthorized television showings and video releases of the movie, most of them with highly substandard Technicolor, among other problems. The authorized Twentieth Century Fox DVD, released in the late winter of 2007, is the one to watch or to own.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
UPC:
0096009006136
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
PG
Source:
Echo Bridge
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
32,398

Special Features

Digitally mastered (new transfer from the original print); Original theatrical trailer and public service announcement for the American Red Cross; Film short "Dora's Dunking Doughnuts"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Sara Crewe
Richard Greene Geoffrey Hamilton
Anita Louise Miss Rose
Ian Hunter Capt. Crewe
Cesar Romero Ram Dass
Arthur Treacher Bertie Minchin
Sybil Jason Becky
Miles Mander Lord Wickham
Marcia Mae Jones Lavinia
Beryl Mercer Queen Victoria
Deidre Gale Jessie
Ira Stevens Ermengarde
E.E. Clive Mr. Barrows
Eily Malyon Cook
Clyde Cook Attendant
Will Stanton Groom
Harry Allen Groom
Evan Thomas Doctor
Holmes Herbert Doctor
Guy Bellis Doctor
Kenneth Hunter General
Lionel Braham Colonel
Keith Hitchcock Bobbie
Olaf Hytten Man
Rita Page Girl
Mary Nash Amanda Minchin

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Walter Bullock Score Composer
Walter Ferris Screenwriter
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Ethel Hill Screenwriter
Louis Loeffler Editor
Gene Markey Producer
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Hans Peters Art Director
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
William Skall Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start Movie [1:14]
2. War Regiment [11:06]
3. Starting School [4:36]
4. Meeting Geoffrey [2:38]
5. Bad News [4:22]
6. Ready for the Ride! [4:05]
7. Geoffrey Goes to War [3:35]
8. War Ending [2:33]
9. Sara's Birthday [11:25]
10. Princess No More [2:20]
11. Letter From Geoffrey [1:56]
12. Nest in the Tree [11:37]
13. Search for Father [6:33]
14. Sara's Dream [10:01]
15. Punishment [4:56]
16. Finding Father [9:37]

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The Little Princess 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Really good movie for the whole family! Recommend it for ages 1 to 100!!! Very clean movie. It's a wonderful movie, howver I do like the new version of "A Little Princess" the best. However, if you like Shirley Temple, then this video is a perfect one to add to your collection!
msbunnyNH More than 1 year ago
not my favorite shirley temple flick, but still entertaining and worth giving to the next generation.
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