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The Little Princess (1939)

Shirley Temple , Richard Greene , Walter Lang , William A. Seiter  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Cesar Romero
  • Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter
  • Writers: Ethel Hill, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Walter Ferris
  • Producers: Gene Markey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC4ZEO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Little Princess" on IMDb

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Based on the famous novel by writer Frances Hodgson Burnett, Shirley portrays Sara, the pampered daughter of a British officer. Left in boarding school when her father goes off to war, Sara's world is turned upside down when he is reported dead. Destitute, Sara is made a servant st the school, yet she refuses to let her spirit be broken. She also refuses to believe her father is really gone and begins searching the army hospitals to find him.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy's Little Girl November 5, 2000
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Based on the famous novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Shirley Temple plays the pampered daughter (Sara Crewe)of a British officer named Captain Crewe. The movie starts with scenes from 1899 and the entire movie revolves around the war going on in South Africa as seen from a British perspective. The cinematography is superb and this is Shirley's first picture in Technicolor. There are a few song and dance routines.

When Sara and her father arrive in London, England, Captain Crewe is again called away to serve his country. Since they just arrived from India, Sara must find a school quickly so her father can leave for military duty.

"Why are they sending so many soldiers daddy, if it is only going to be a little war?" --Sara Crewe

In Sara's mind, her father is invincible. She never imagines that he might not make it through the war. Since she has never been away from her father for any extended time, the separation is more difficult for her.

After a tearful goodbye, the brave little Sara must face the unkind Miss Minchin who runs the Seminary for Young Ladies. Here, reputation is of the utmost concern and due to her wealthy status, she is treated well (at first).

During her time at the school, she learns to ride the pony her father purchased for her. Goeffrey Hamilton is her riding instructor who falls in love with her school teacher Rose. Miss Minchin will have none of that and tries to break up the relationship. Sara has other ideas and is quite the little matchmaker as always.

This is a completely delightful movie which also includes a wonderful ballet scene which is quite funny and you will laugh at many jokes throughout the movie. The little maid Becky is very cute and seems to be Sara's only true friend.
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96 of 108 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the Shirley Temple Heidi August 27, 2001
According to Marengo Films own website... This DVD package does contain the 1939 "Little Princess" with Shirley Temple, but unbelievably, this two movie "bargain" actually contains a 1968 version of "Heidi" starring Maximillian Schell and an unnamed, unknown girl playing Heidi. NOT Shirley Temple! I was really looking forward to buying this DVD for a friend's birthday who specifically asked for Shirley Temple movies on DVD. What a huge disappointment!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Ambitious Shirley Temple Movie of Them All July 19, 2001
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When I was a very little girl, every Saturday morning featured "Shirley Temple Theatre", which is how I came to see almost every Shirley Temple movie. But every Saturday, I had the same hope, that the movie that morning would be "The Little Princess", and whenever it was, I was overjoyed. And why was that? Because I loved the Victorian setting of the movie. Here Shirley plays Sara Crewe, for the first time in her life being separated from her British officer father, who must report for duty in the Boer War. Sara is deposited in an exclusive girls school in London, where her wealth and manners earn her the monniker, "The Little Princess". Yet in spite of her advantages, Sara is a down to earth girl, with a kind and loving heart, and it is these qualities which endear her to the more sensitive inhabitants of the boarding school. Then, tragically, Sara's strength of character must be tested: on her birthday, word is received that Captain Crewe has been killed during the seige of Mafeking, and Sara is left not only an orphan but penniless to boot. The headmistress forces Sara now to be a servant in the house where she used to be treated as a princess, enduring the insults of vindictive students whom she must wait on hand and foot. What is Sara's response? She behaves like the good soldier her father trained her to be, performing her duties to the best of her ability, with one important exception: she refuses to admit that her father is dead. And so the rest of the movie concerns her stubborn insistence that her father is alive, and that she will find him again. Being a Shirley Temple movie, after all, the ending must needs be a happy one, but achieved through a very special agent--you'll have to view it to find out who. Read more ›
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what you Think ! September 8, 2004
This is not the Heidi with Shirley Temple in it !!! Don't' be misled to think both of these movies are Shirley Temple because they aren't. I feel it's kind of misleading. It would be one thing if it said Batman or something, but most people know Shirley Temple made a Heidi movie and assume thats what it is. Well it's not. Also the quality of this DVD is very poor, and no it's not my DVD player or TV. Lesson learned the hard way I guess.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Little Princess is an excellent movie starring the great child star Shirley Temple. Shirley and the rest of the cast act very convincingly throughout the film; and the plot held my interest. The choreography and cinematography enhance the movie quite a bit.

The action begins in England in 1899 at the start of the Boer War. Captain Reginald Crewe (Ian Hunter) is being deployed to South Africa to fight in the Boer War; and he is leaving his rather pampered and emotionally vulnerable child Sara (Shirley Temple) at a prestigious seminary for girls run by a nasty old lady named Amanda Minchin (Mary Nash). Amanda Minchin runs the school although Hubert 'Bertie' Minchin (Arthur Treacher) also lives with her.

It isn't long before Sara befriends two of the staff at the school: Geoffrey Hamilton (Richard Greene) and Rose (Anita Louise), her teacher. She also befriends a young servant girl at the seminary named Becky (Sybil Jason).

The war doesn't end quite as quickly as planned. In fact, things become rather nasty--and, after several long months Sara must celebrate her birthday in the seminary without her father. There is a sweet exchange of presents just before the horrific news comes that Sara's father was killed in the war and Sara is left penniless. Amanda Minchin suddenly isn't so accommodating toward Sara; she makes Sara a servant at the seminary until her bills can be paid off; and Sara must live in a dingy old and dirty room in the attic that isn't even fit for a dog.

Of course, from here the plot can go anywhere. How will Sara handle the huge change going from pampered little rich girl to servant in the seminary? Will the other girls tease her or show sympathy for Sara?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing back memories.
Brought back a lot of memories of watching this as a kid with my family. This movie is enjoyable and good for a family movie night for all ages.
Published 12 days ago by L. Baumann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for family and especially kids - timeless lessons ...
Classic. Great movie for family and especially kids - timeless lessons about societal classes, evils of war and the power of human spirit, not to mention a good history lesson... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gr8tfuldad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Timeless enjoyment.
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great family movie.
It is all I expected and more. It was wonderful seeing this little movie and even my granddaughters enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies as a kid, had to have it !
Published 1 month ago by Susan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, it was wonderful to share this beautiful movie ...
Excellent, it was wonderful to share this beautiful movie with my 9yr old niece. She loved it just like I did when I was her age.
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