Little Miss Broadway

1938

Little Miss Broadway

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Child star Shirley Temple was getting a bit long in the tooth (at age 10!) by the time she made Little Miss Broadway. Facing the possibility that Temple's appeal was beginning to slip, the producers overstocked the film with top musical-comedy performers and character actors. The curly-topped actress is cast as orphan girl Betsy Brown, discharged in the care of her uncle Pop Shea (Edward Ellis), the manager of a theatrical boarding house. Before long, Betsy is the darling of the clientele, including bandleader Jimmy Clayton (Jimmy Durante), animal trainer Ole (El Brendel), and a pair of wisecracking midget entertainers (George and Olive Brasno). Snooty Sarah Wendling (Edna Mae Oliver), owner of the hotel building, is fed up with "show people" and demands that they pay their back rent or move out post-haste. But Sarah's nephew Roger (George Murphy), in love with Pop Shea's daughter Barbara (Phyllis Brooks), comes to the aid of the hotel's occupants. With the help of Betsy and her friends, Roger pleads his case in the courtroom of judge Claude Gillingwater by staging a lavish musical revue. The specacle of George Murphy dancing with Shirley Temple will prove particularly amusing to those aware of both stars' future political careers. Songs include "Be Optimistic", "If All the World Were Paper", "Hop Skip and Jump" and the title tune. Incidentally, outtakes of Little Miss Broadway exist showing Shirley Temple doing a frighteningly accurate impersonation of her costar Jimmy Durante (ha-cha-cha-cha-cha!)

Cast

Shirley Temple
as Betsy Brown
George Murphy
as Roger Wendling
Jimmy Durante
as Jimmy Clayton
Phyllis Brooks
as Barbara Shea
Edna May Oliver
as Sarah Wendling
Edward Ellis
as Pop Shea
Jane Darwell
as Miss Hutchins
Donald Meek
as Willoughby Wendling
Charles Williams
as Mike Brody
Claire Du Brey
as Miss Blodgett
Robert Gleckler
as Detective
Eddie Collins
as Member of the Band
Ben Welden
as Taxi Driver
Syd Saylor
as Member of the Band
Jerry Colonna
as Member of the Band
Brian Sisters
as Themselves
Heinie Conklin
as Members of the Band
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Critic Reviews for Little Miss Broadway

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  • In other words, Little Miss Broadway is the sort of picture that no Temple fan would dream of missing, and that old meanies who don't care for Shirley wouldn't be dragged to with a court summons.

    Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little Miss Broadway

  • Nov 17, 2007
    Not a great Shirley movie, but it was okay.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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