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Our Little Girl (1935)

Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa ... See full summary »

Director:

John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)

Writers:

Stephen Morehouse Avery (screen play) (as Stephen Avery), Allen Rivkin (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Molly Middleton
Rosemary Ames ... Elsa Middleton
Joel McCrea ... Dr. Donald Middleton
Lyle Talbot ... Rolfe Brent
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Sarah Boynton
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mr. Tramp
Poodles Hanneford ... Circus Performer
Margaret Armstrong ... Amy
Rita Owin Rita Owin ... Alice
Leonard Carey ... Jackson
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Storyline

Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa decide to get a divorce, unaware of the effect their problems are having on their daughter Molly. When Elsa announces plans to remarry, Molly runs away from home. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Shirley NO WONDER THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES YOU... for your lilting laughter plays a song in our hearts! (Print Ad- Reading Eagle, ((Reading, Penna.)) 26 May 1935)


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven's Gate See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joel McCrea nicknamed Shirley Temple "Butch" while they were filming this movie. See more »

Quotes

Molly Middleton: I told him, Amy.
Amy: What?
Molly Middleton: I told Mr. Brent what you said.
Amy: What I said?
Molly Middleton: About Mommy and Daddy and me and wishing he'd go away and never come back.
Amy: What? To his face? Look here, miss, you're going to get into trouble for that! And don't say I told you so!
Molly Middleton: But you said...
Amy: I said nothing about him, you understand?
Molly Middleton: Is it the worst thing I've ever done, Amy?
Amy: Yes, I think maybe it is.
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Ole Swimming Hole
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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Our little Shirley stars in a real tear jerker but the wee gal still brings a smile to anyone's face
2 October 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Dr. Donald Middleton (Joel McCrea) wanted to be a research physician, discovering important cures. However, when his wife, Elsa (Rosemary Ames) became pregnant, he settled for being a smalltown, New England family physician. Still, he is conducting his own experiments on the side but the result is that he works extremely long hours. Elsa has been patient, for she loves her husband and knows he cares for her and their daughter, Molly (Shirley Temple). Dr. Don still manages to take a break for Molly's "May and September Saturdays", that is, two picnics at a local park called Heaven's gate, where Don and Elsa met. One day, a handsome, rich male neighbor returns to his mansion next door. He invites Elsa and Don to ride with him on various mornings, but only Elsa has time for it. Trouble starts to brew when the neighbor makes a big play for the beautiful Elsa and Dr. Don continues to spend more time away from the house. Just what will be the result? This is a tearjerker of a film which, nevertheless, produces giggles, also, when Shirley is on the screen with her beloved doggie, Sniff. Just like any little girl, Shirley's Molly is pretty oblivious to problems at home so she continues to sing, dance, and crack jokes, even when her parents are having severe problems. McCrea is very good as the fine but workaholic father while Ames is pretty and touching as the neglected wife. All other lesser actors do a nice job, too. The picnic scenes are beautiful, the costumes quite acceptable, and the storyline is a true heartgrabber. Therefore, if you want to see Shirley in a smile-through-my-tears little flick, get this one soon. It might even bring estranged couples together again, for its support of marital reconciliation is very uplifting, even as the kiddies are entertained, too.


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