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Wee Willie Winkie
     

Wee Willie Winkie

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Director: John Ford,

Cast: John Ford, Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, C. Aubrey Smith

 

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In this lovely John Ford film, Joyce Williams (June Lang) and her young daughter, Priscilla (Shirley Temple), travel to India to live on a British Army base with Joyce's father, Colonel Williams, Aubrey C. Smith). Once there, sweet, young Priscilla manages to win the love and affection of the soldiers and her curmudgeonly grandfather, and she plays an important role

Overview

In this lovely John Ford film, Joyce Williams (June Lang) and her young daughter, Priscilla (Shirley Temple), travel to India to live on a British Army base with Joyce's father, Colonel Williams, Aubrey C. Smith). Once there, sweet, young Priscilla manages to win the love and affection of the soldiers and her curmudgeonly grandfather, and she plays an important role in easing a local rebellion. One of the best Shirley Temple movies, Ford allows her to be sweet without being cloying and moves the action at a good pace. A wonderful cast of some of Hollywood's best supporting actors add charm to this film which is appealing to both children and adults.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of Shirley Temple's best vehicles, Wee Willie Winkie benefits from a sturdy screenplay (quite freely drawn from a Rudyard Kipling story) and John Ford's assured and sensitive direction. Ford, well known for his incredible Westerns, is working in rather unusual territory here, but he shows a surprising ability to showcase the famous moppet star in a manner that satisfies her fans yet still maintains the integrity of the story. Granted, there are some aspects of the screenplay that will be problematic to modern viewers, the two most notable being the depiction of the South Asian characters and the incredibly naïve and simplistic resolution of the conflict between the warring factions. But Ford's energetic work helps to overcome these flaws, and he shoots some very exciting action sequences of a sort not typically found in a Temple flick; as a matter of fact, some of the moments are, in the context of a children's film, fairly violent. The little star is quite good, her precious sparkle allowed to shine without becoming cloying, and she gets good support from burly Victor McLaglen and semi-villainous Cesar Romero. The production values are also quite good. Winkie has a bit more sugar than one expects from Ford, but much less than one expects from Temple -- a good middle ground.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2008
UPC:
0024543514459
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen, Colorized]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
13,779

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Priscilla Williams
Victor McLaglen Sgt. MacDuff
C. Aubrey Smith Col. Williams
June Lang Joyce Williams
Michael Whalen Lt. "Coppy" Brandes
Cesar Romero Khoda Khan
Constance Collier Mrs. Allardyce
Douglas Scott Mott
Gavin Muir Capt. Bibberbeigh
Willie Fung Mohammed Dihn
Brandon Hurst Bagby
Lionel Pape Major Allardyce
Clyde Cook Pipe Major Sneath
Lauri Beatty Elsie Allardyce
Lionel Braham Major Gen. Hammond
Mary Forbes Mrs. MacMonachie
Cyril McLaglen Corporal Tummel
Pat Somerset Officer
Hector V. Sarno Driver
George Hassell MacMonachie
Noble Johnson Sikh Policeman
Scotty Mattraw Merchant
Jack Pennick Soldier Guard
Louis Vincenot African Chieftain
Lynn Bari Actor
Darryl F. Zanuck Actor

Technical Credits
John Ford Director
William S. Darling Art Director
David Hall Production Designer
Julien Josephson Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Gene Markey Producer
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Pascal Screenwriter
Louis Silvers Score Composer
Walter Thompson Editor
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Wee Willie Winkie
1. Main Titles [1:11]
2. Northern India, 1897 [3:52]
3. Talisman [4:13]
4. Old Boots [7:00]
5. Rude Awakening [1:56]
6. The Don'ts [1:30]
7. Rookie [2:30]
8. To All Asia [4:07]
9. All But the Buttons [2:07]
10. Returning the Necklace [3:05]
11. Special Drill [2:09]
12. Passing Messages [1:02]
13. The Manly Arts [6:27]
14. Mad Dog [4:14]
15. No Time For Fun [5:11]
16. Sneaking Out [:11]
17. Escape! [5:05]
18. England's Duty [3:12]
19. A Dangerous Mission [3:02]
20. For Auld Lang Syne [4:05]
21. Why? [:42]
22. Lovely Morning [3:34]
23. A Child Shall Lead Them [3:53]
24. Glory/End Titles [6:28]
Disc #1, Side B -- Wee Willie Winkie
1. Main Titles [1:11]
2. Northern India, 1897 [3:52]
3. Talisman [4:13]
4. Old Boots [7:00]
5. Rude Awakening [1:56]
6. The Don'ts [1:30]
7. Rookie [2:30]
8. To All Asia [4:07]
9. All But the Buttons [2:07]
10. Returning the Necklace [3:05]
11. Special Drill [2:09]
12. Passing Messages [1:02]
13. The Manly Arts [6:27]
14. Mad Dog [4:14]
15. No Time For Fun [5:11]
16. Sneaking Out [:11]
17. Escape! [5:05]
18. England's Duty [3:12]
19. A Dangerous Mission [3:02]
20. For Auld Lang Syne [4:05]
21. Why? [:42]
22. Lovely Morning [3:34]
23. A Child Shall Lead Them [3:53]
24. Glory/End Titles [6:28]

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