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Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm <strong>(B&W/Color Versions)</strong> [DVD]


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP04SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 pixie who wins the audition to become Crackling Grain Flakes "Little Miss America" for a new radio broadcast. Fame is fleeting, however, when she moves to Sunnybrook Farm to live with Aunt Miranda (Helen Westley), an overbearing curmudgeon who absolutely forbids any entanglements in show business. Since the show must go on, it will require some slapstick tomfoolery and secretive shenanigans that turn an otherwise straightforward story into an uproarious cat-and-mouse comedy. Sunnybrook Farm is reminiscent of Temple's earlier Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), as it reunites her with co-stars Jack Haley and Gloria Stuart. The soundtrack includes Temple's legendary songs, "An Old Straw Hat," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," and "Animal Crackers in My Soup," ending with a grandiose military dance number, "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," performed by Temple and renowned tap-dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The DVD offers two viewing options: a remastered colorized version, or the original (restored) black and white. (All ages) --Lynn Gibson

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Classic movie, and one of my all time favorites.
Tessie T
I thought the movie had a good balance of comedy and pathos, and I thought the movie had good pacing.
Lonnie E. Holder
I loved all of the Shirley Temple movies as a child and 50 years later, I still do!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Craig Connell on April 20, 2006
Format: DVD
It's almost strange to look at these "Shirley Temple films" at various stages of your own life. You view them differently as you grow older. It also depends, I suppose, on how familiar you are with 1930s films. Many of them are dated, especially with the language, songs and comedy of the period, so you have to acclimate yourself.

After a decade away from her films, I viewed this one recently and found both good and bad things about watching it. The positives, however, far outweighed the negatives and I believe this is one of Shirley's more entertaining efforts.

After starring now for about five years, it's obvious how comfortable she had become in her roles. She looked extremely confident in here and why not? She had her act down pat. She even performed one song that was medley of her hits from previous movies. Yup, she was a veteran at the ripe old age of 10 and at the peak of her career in the 1930s.

In this movie was the normal mixture of characters, meaning a crabby old woman, a nice young couple that you wanted to see get married, a couple of wacky cronies, good 'ole Bill Robinson nearby....and the regular happy ending. The wholesome and pretty woman in here was Gloria Stuart. She was the same lady in 1997's "Titantic." The leading man was western star Randolph Scott and the old biddy was Helen Westley. The goofballs were Slim Summerville, Jack Haley and William Demarest. This was one of the better casts in the Temple movies.

The only drawback, really, was the total lack of credibility, scene after scene of things that made no sense...such as an entire orchestra and chorus setting up inside a quiet farmhouse and the occupant (Westley) unaware of it??!!! There are a number of scenes that just leave you shaking your head in amazement. So....
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Shirley Temple earned great fame as a child actress in Hollywood; and this movie shows us why. Shirley Temple sings and dances her way through many numbers, including "An Old Straw Hat" and an olio of her classic melodies including "Animal Crackers In My Soup" and "On The Good Ship Lollipop." Temple shines like no other child star ever did; and we will have to wait a very long time to see another quite like her.

Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm stars Temple as a young child named Rebecca Winstead who has incredible talents; she even wins a radio gig as "Little Miss America" just based on her being herself when she sings. Of course, even a musical needs something of a plot; therefore there's a misunderstanding and Shirley and her stepfather (William Demarest) go away thinking they lost the talent contest. Her stepfather takes her to Sunnybrook Farm which is run by her crusty old aunt Miranda (Helen Westley). Miranda agrees to take care of Rebecca on the condition that the stepfather never returns. Fortunately, though, instead of being sad about her very different new environment, Rebecca is an upbeat, optimistic kid who takes to the farm rather well.

Things begin to snowball much faster when it turns out that just by pure coincidence (oh, sure) the man who ran the talent contest lives just next door to her Aunt Miranda's home. At this point in the film many questions arise: Will he finally recognize that Shirley is the girl who won the talent contest? Even if Shirley is recognized, will her Aunt Miranda let them put her on the radio? And what happens when her stepfather ultimately hears of all this fuss going on? No spoilers here, folks; you'll have to watch the movie to find out! There are some funny moments using slapstick, too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sally Turtlepage on October 2, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I don't think I read the book when I was a kiddie, but when it comes to this particular title I really can't remember. But from what I understand, this Shirley Temple movie is extremely different from Kate Wiggin's classic novel for young readers (and those young at heart!).

I found the colorization a tad annoying, and plan to look for a b&w copy. It's a sweet movie, as all Shirley's movies are, and also so nice to see the young, beautiful Gloria Stuart. (Just in case you don't know, she played the very old lady in the 1990's "Titanic.")

It's so hard to rate these movies on a scale of one to five. On its own merit, it's deserved of the 3 1/2 stars I indicated in the title. But compared to most of the garbage showing in the movie theatres today, this movie deserves 50 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "degrassiroxx" on January 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is about a girl named Rebecca Wilkins who lives with her step-father because her mother is dead. Uncle Henry, her step-father, wanted Rebecca to try out for Little Miss America, a radio show that was sponsered Crackly Bran Flakes, a popular breakfast cereal. When there's a mix-up at the studio and Rebecca dosen't get to be in the show, Uncle Henry decides it's time for some of Rebecca's other relatives to care for her. So he takes Rebecca to live with her Aunt Miranda on Sunnybrook Farm. But Aunt Miranda is very strict and Rebeccca has to follow rules. Later that day a piglet gets away from their farm and Rebecca goes out to chase it. She meets the director of the Little Miss America program, Tony Kent. So you'll have to see this movie to know the VERY suprising ending. It stars Helen Westly, Jack Haley, and Gloria Stuart. An excellant movie.
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