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Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm (B&W/Color Versions) [DVD] (1938)

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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 (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AP04SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,554 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Temple At Her Peak April 20, 2006
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it alot. December 28, 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
I think it was cute the way things just happened. It was full of songs. Shirley Temple is awesome. I loved it. Shirley trys out for a part on the radio. When she doesn't make it he Uncle Harry dumps her at her Aunt Maranda's house. She runs into a nice neighbor when a pig runs away. The neighbor is the man who was offering the radio job. It ends up being Rebecca who was supposed to be on the radio. It was wonderful have she WAS very self reliant.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shirley Temple Movie October 28, 2000
By Paul
Format:VHS Tape
A radio company is desperately trying to find a young girl to be featured on their new program, Little Miss America. Rebecca (Shirely Temple) and her Uncle Harry (William Demerest) go to the company to audition. After hearing only a few measures of Rebecca's song, Tony, the talent agent, knows Rebecca is perfect. He rings down and says that's enough, and the man thinks that Tony doesn't like Rebecca. But Tony had every intention to hire her. He goes crazy trying to get her before she leaves the building, but doesn't.
He goes down to his farm, and little does he realize that Rebecca is living right next door with her Aunt Miranda!
When he finds out, he wants to set her up for the broadcast, but Aunt Miranda doesn't want Rebecca to be a radio star.
This wonderful movie is hilarious and innocent Rebecca is a very memorable character! This movie is wonderufl.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love how you can find
Love how you can find , Hard to find items on , I was able to give one as a gift and one for myself , as we were named after this movie . Very Fun ! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Becky Gegg
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper.
Any movie with Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple dancing together is worth buying. Disk has both original B&W and colorized versions so you can pick which one you watch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Ritacca
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
Classic movie, and one of my all time favorites. Bought this DVD to replace my VHS copy when my VHS player finally died. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tessie T
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Temple
Who couldn't love SHIRLEY TEMPLE. Brought back my childhood (even tho i'm 26.) I would recommend this classic to anyone. BUY IT!
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites
I just love this movie. Even if I wasn't a Shirley Temple fan, this movie offers a lot of fun and even romance with Randolph Scott and a lovely young actress. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Latesha Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the Shirley Temple legacy
The recent death of Shirley Temple Black, caused me to take a look at my movie collection, and I noticed that several classic Shirley Temple films were not represented. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jerome E. Penberg
5.0 out of 5 stars 8TH GRADE
Published 4 months ago by season
5.0 out of 5 stars What Great Memories!
As I watched this movie, it reminded me of my childhood and when I would watch these old movies. Even though I'm now in my 50's, I will never forget these heartwarming movies of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sara Weisbrodt
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought this as a gift for my mother she loves it. Shirley Temple movies are classics and this is one of her better ones. No one is getting shot at or murdered. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gabby
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