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The Little Princess (1939)

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Release Date: Mar 10, 1939 Wide

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Shirley Temple's first Technicolor feature, The Little Princess was inspired by the oft-filmed novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in turn-of-the-century England, the film finds Temple being enrolled in a boarding school by her wealthy widowed father (Ian Hunter), who must head off to fight in the Boer War. At first, Temple is treated like royalty; her behavior couldn't be more down to earth, but this preferential treatment foments resentment. When her father is reported killed in the war,

Jul 18, 2002

Slingshot Entertainment

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

Irresistible Shirley Temple showcase vehicle.

December 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Heart tugging Temple with payoff ending

October 23, 2004

Good Temple vehicle.

January 9, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Too sweetly cloying. Not one of little Shirley's best efforts.

August 21, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Little Princess

I read the book when I was a kid, and saw the remake, and this movie was pretty good too. It could have been better, though.
September 20, 2010
ajv2688

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Cute Shirley Temple movie. The movie was adorable and loved the part when she dumped Ashes on the snotty rich girl! haha. ;) A favorite of mine back in the day.
November 2, 2008
donnarenee2006

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I think it's hard not to like the Little Princess story. It's sweet and heartfelt and i've never seen a bad version of it.
June 2, 2008
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