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Johanna Spyri's perennial children's favorite Heidi was retailored to the talents of Shirley Temple, resulting in one of her best vehicles. Orphaned early in the proceeding, Heidi is left in the care of her bitter, misanthropic grandfather Adolph Kramer (Jean Hersholt). It doesn't take long before the sweet little child has melted grandpa's hardened heart, and the two "outcasts" become inseparable. But things take a sinister turn when Heidi's cruel and avaricious aunt (Mady Christians) kidnaps
Jan 1, 1937 Wide
Jan 29, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Like all Shirley Temple stories, Heidi traces the reaction of human wickedness to the Temple dimples; unlike many of them, it has a craftsmanlike dramatic structure.
It's far from being a personal work, but as always with Dwan, it's the best movie imaginable from the limited material at hand.
Under Dwan's capable hands, this so-so children's story classic by Johanna Spyri comes out much better than expected.
This classic children's film, expertly directed by Allan Dwan, is wonderfully entertaining, with moppet Temple at her adorable best.
It's depressing material, but Temple's universal warmth and appeal -- as well as Dwan's skill -- make it work.
One of Temple's best, thanks to Dwan's lucid direction.
not bad, as Temple fare goes
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