The irrepressible Shirley Temple has never been more endearing than in the role of Sara Crewe, an aristocratic child forced by fate from her home in India to a cheerless London boarding school. Though she is alone and penniless, Sara's wit and charm lead her to fabulous adventures and enduring friendships.
The Little Princess
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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I got this for Heidi with Shirley Temple, not noticing that it was completely different, produced with an unknown star as Heidi. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Johnson
The Little Princess, 1939 film
This story is set in 1899 England. It shows the unique London Bridge and other sites. Queen Victoria rules Imperial England. Read more