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The Little Minister (1934)

The Little Minister (1934)

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Based on the novel and play by James M. Barrie, The Little Minister turned out to be Katharine Hepburn's best vehicle since Little Women. John Beal plays the Reverend Gavin, the sobersided new cleric of a tiny Scottish village. Almost against his better judgment, Beal falls in love with Babbie (Hepburn), a feisty gypsy girl whom the villagers regard as a pariah. Thanks to this "unholy" alliance, the little minister is nearly run out of town, but when he is accidentally stabbed in a fracas, the townsfolk come to their senses. Previously filmed in 1921, The Little Minister was afforded sumptuous production values by RKO Radio (its elaborate Scottish-village set would later pop up in innumerable films, notably Laurel & Hardy's Bonnie Scotland), and benefits immeasurably from the spirited performances of all concerned. Alas, the film was too expensive to post a profit, and despite respectable business it ended up $9000 in the red.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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Written By:
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 wide
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Studio:
RKO Pictures

Cast

John Beal
as Reverend Gavin Dishart
Alan Hale
as Rob Dow
Donald Crisp
as Dr. McQueen
Lumsden Hare
as Thammas
Andy Clyde
as Wearyworld
Beryl Mercer
as Margaret
Billy Watson
as Micah Dow
Mary Gordon
as Nanny
Frank Conroy
as Lord Rintoul
Eily Malyon
as Evalina
Reginald Denny
as Capt. Halliwell
Harry Beresford
as John Spens
May Beatty
as Maid
Byron Foulger
as Villager at Stabbing
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Audience Reviews for The Little Minister

The Little Minister (1934) -- [6.0] -- A young minister (John Beal) falls in love with a gypsy (Katharine Hepburn) and begins a village scandal. Hepburn and Beal are fairly matched and the rural setting is lovingly evoked through impressive indoor sets. The story, based on a novel by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, doesn't quite break free from the hackneyed cross-class romance mold, but you could do worse for formulaic '30s fare.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

It?s a bit too talky and although Katherine Hepburn isn?t bad, it?s not one of her more memorable roles or performances. Good production, fine art direction and costumes. The score is good as well. The story is a little bland and it?s a bit too long.

James Higgins
James Higgins

It’s a bit too talky and although Katherine Hepburn isn’t bad, it’s not one of her more memorable roles or performances. Good production, fine art direction and costumes. The score is good as well. The story is a little bland and it’s a bit too long.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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