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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

1 rating: 4.0
Classics movie directed by Allan Dwan

Shirley Temple shines as a young radio entertainer in this 1938 Darryl Zanuck film inspired by Kate Wiggin's classic novel. In a role perfectly suited to her song and dance talents, Temple plays the "very self-reliant" Rebecca Winstead, a precocious … see full wiki

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Director: Allan Dwan
Genre: Classics
1 review about Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

charming Temple vehicle

  • May 4, 2007
Rating:
+4
Despite it's title, REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM is not a re-telling of the classic Kate Douglas Wiggin story. This is one of the most charming films that Shirley Temple starred in, and I enjoy revisting it often.

Temple plays Rebecca Winstead, a young radio singer who is discovered by talent scout Tony Kent (Randolph Scott). There's only one hitch: Rebecca's frosty Aunt Miranda (Helen Westley) who isn't about to have her niece go into showbusiness. You can pretty much guess the rest...

This little gem runs at a brisk pace and is filled with warmth and humour. Temple gets to share the screen with some of her regular cohorts (Helen Westley, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart and Randolph Scott).

The musical score includes such delights as "An Old Straw Hat", "Happy Endings", "Come and Get Your Happiness", and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers". Temple also gets to sing a medley of her greatest hits.

The cast also features Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville, Ruth Gillette, William Demarest, and Dixie Dunbar. Look out for a young Mary McCarty, playing Florabelle, the singer with "mike-fright" in the auditions scene.

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