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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)





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Previously filmed in 1917 and 1932, Kate Douglas Wiggins' bucolic novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is herein refashioned--and completely, totally, utterly rewritten--as a vehicle for 10-year-old Shirley Temple. Unable to land a radio contract for himself and his niece Rebecca Winstead (Temple), fly-by-night vaudevillian Henry Kipper (William Demarest) leaves the girl in the care of her aunt, Miranda Wilkins (Helen Westley), who runs a little farm with the help of hired hands Homer (Slim Summerville) and Aloysius (Bill Robinson). Miranda has an intense dislike for "show folks", but her next-door neighbor Anthony Kent (Randolph Scott), a talent scout for a major radio network, sees great possibilities in the talented Rebecca and secretly arranges an audition. In short order, Rebecca becomes the biggest sensation on the airwaves, whereupon the mercenary Kipper returns out of nowhere and demands that Miranda return the girl to his care. By now, Rebecca and Miranda have grown to love one another dearly, and the girl doesn't want to leave the farm, but she does what she is told--only to foil the conniving Kipper with a convenient last-minute "illness" (a scene that provides a showcase role for Franklin Pangborn) as a nervous standby organist). Future Titanic costar Gloria Stuart appears as Gwen Warren, obligatory love interest for Anthony Kent. Musical highlights include a medley of hit tunes from Shirley Temple's previous films (including, inevitably, "On the Good Ship Lollipop"), and a climactic tap duet spotlighting Temple and the inimitable Bill Robinson, danced to the tune of Raymond Scott's "Toy Trumpet".more
Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Markson, William Conselman, Karl Tunberg, Don Ettlinger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 22, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Shirley Temple
as Rebecca Winstead
Randolph Scott
as Anthony Kent
Gloria Stuart
as Gwen Warren
Jack Haley
as Orville Smithers
Helen Westley
as Aunt Miranda Wilkins
Dixie Dunbar
as Receptionist
William Demarest
as Henry Kipper
Franklin Pangborn
as Hamilton Montmarcy
Eily Malyon
as Mrs. Turner
Mary McCarty
as Florabelle
Clarence H. Wilson
as Jake Singer
Paul Harvey
as Cyrus Bartlett
Clarence Wilson
as Jake Singer
Sam Hayes
as Radio Announcer
Gary Breckner
as Radio Announcer
Carroll Nye
as Radio Announcer
William Wagner
as Rev. Turner
Bill Robinson
as Aloysius
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Mild vehicle shows interesting sets and the nostalgia of radio.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Not as enjoyable as previous movies from her.

Sarah Prisbylla

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