Heidi

1937

Heidi

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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 the girl and sells her into servitude in the home of wealthy Segemann (Sidney Blackmer). Making the best of the situation, Heidi befriends Segemann's invalid daughter Klara (Marcia Mae Jones), encouraging the girl to walk unassisted for the first time in years. The grateful Segeman promises to reunite Heidi with her grandfather, but Jones's wicked governess Fraulein Rottenmeier (Mary Nash) contrives to keep the girl and her grandpa separated once more -- until the very, very last moment! Perhaps feeling that the Alpine setting of Heidi did not allow Shirley Temple full scope for her musical talents, the screenwriters contrived to include a dream sequence, wherein Heidi imagines herself to be in Holland and clogs to the tune of "In My Little Wooden Shoes."

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Cast

Jean Hersholt
as Adolph Kramer
Helen Westley
as Blind Anna
Thomas Beck
as Pastor Schultz
Mary Nash
as Fraulein Rottenmeier
Sidney Blackmer
as Herr Sesemann
Mady Christians
as Aunt Dete
Sig Rumann
as Police Captain
Marcia Mae Jones
as Klara Sesemann
Delmar Watson
as Peter the Goat Boy
Egon Brecher
as Innkeeper
George Humbert
as Organ Grinder
Greta Meyer
as Village Woman
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Critic Reviews for Heidi

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Audience Reviews for Heidi

  • Dec 29, 2016
    A Shirley Temple classic, Heidi is a touching film about the bonds of family and redemption. The story follows an orphaned girl named Heidi who's taken to live with her hermit grandfather, but just as they're starting to bond her aunt abducts her and sells Heidi to a rich family to be a playmate to their invalid daughter. Shirley Temple gives a terrific performance and has great chemistry with Jean Hersholt; who plays her grandfather. And per usual a cute little dance number is worked in, which features some elaborate costumes. Heidi is a beloved holiday classic and really highlights Shirley Temple's amazing talent to light up a screen and win over the hearts of the audience.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2012
    Very good little movie.. the acting was great and the storyline was interesting... Shirley temple is a great actress in this. However.the overall ending was predictable and highly unlikely in a real life situation
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2010
    There aren't many classic films that are very appropriate for children as well as adults, and this is considered one of the more happy and family friendly choices in film history. Of course it significantly helps that the lead is Shirley Temple, the most adorable springy haired child in the history of cinema. Feeling as happy go lucky as a Frank Capra film, "Heidi" is one of the more popular adaptations of the book, and has the same kind of plot that made "The Little Princess" immensely popular. Both star Temple, both have the lead character kidnapped and trapped under the watchful eye of a wealthy benefactress, and eventually they find their loved ones and go back to them. Besides being about the troubles that a small Swiss mountain girl gets herself into, it is also about her cheerfulness eventually warming the heart of her curmudgeon grandfather. Temple and Hersholt's performances are really quite heartwarming, as they find each other after having such hard and intolerable misfortunes, and fight to stay together even when Heidi is eventually kidnapped by her aunt and sold to a widower and his crippled daughter. Of course, what makes this film a bit saccharine with its sweetness is the intolerable cuteness that Temple exaggerates at every turn. She isn't exactly off-putting with her schmaltzy adorableness, but between the dimples and cutesy voice it becomes difficult to imagine that the film is set in the Swiss Alps and not on a Californian soundstage. Still, it's not common to watch films that are made to be watched by children and for children and yet see an intelligence and happy energy to it. "Heidi" may be a tad flawed compared to its literary counterpart, but it's oh so entertaining.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2009
    Heidi is The Pride of Switzerland.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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