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The Little Colonel (1935)





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Shirley Temple's first costume picture -- and one of her best pictures of any kind -- was 1935's The Little Colonel. The story begins in 1870, when unreconstructed Southerner Colonel Lloyd (Lionel Barrymore) disowns his daughter Elizabeth (Evelyn Venable) when she stubbornly marries damn-Yankee Jack Sherman (John Lodge). Several years pass, during which time the Shermans' daughter, Lloyd (Temple), dubbed "the little colonel," is born. When Jack and Elizabeth suffer a series of financial reverses, they are compelled to move into a small cottage owned by Elizabeth, near her father's estate. As tenacious and opinionated as her grandpa, little Lloyd befriends the crusty old codger and tries to effect a reunion between the colonel and Elizabeth. Her efforts at first meet with failure, but when the ailing Jack is imperiled by all-around villain Swazey (Sidney Blackmer) does the colonel race to the rescue, with the "little colonel" leading the way. The film's brief Technicolor finale, long missing from TV prints, was restored in the mid-'80s. Why Fox felt that Technicolor was needed is a mystery; Shirley Temple's name in and of itself was the principal drawing card of The Little Colonel, while Temple's famous stair-dance duet with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was worth the admission price in itself.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: William M. Conselman, William Conselman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 21, 2006
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Shirley Temple
as Lloyd Sherman
Lionel Barrymore
as Colonel Lloyd
Evelyn Venable
as Elizabeth
John Lodge
as Jack Sherman
William Burress
as Dr. Scott
Robert Warwick
as Colonel Gray
Nyamza Potts Jr.
as Henry Clay
Bill "Bojangles" Rob...
as Walker the butler
Nyanza Potts
as Henry Clay
Dave O'Brien
as Frank Randolph
Lillian West
as Neighbor Woman
Harry Strang
as Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for The Little Colonel

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Dig past the regrettable signs of the time, and you will find a sparkling entertainment.

Full Review… | March 28, 2006

Who could forget "Bojangles" step dance on the stairs with Shirley?

Full Review… | March 17, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Little Colonel

One of my favorite childhood movies and Shirley Temple movies and all time movies.

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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