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The Littlest Rebel (22-Nov-1935)

Director: David Butler

Writer: Edwin Burke

From a play: The Littlest Rebel by Edward Peple

Musical Arrangement: Cyril Mockridge

Keywords: Drama, Comedy, Civil War

On a plantation in an overly idealized South, young Virgie's birthday party is interrupted by news of war between the states. Virgie's father Herbert Cary leaves to fight, and later, Yankees take over their plantation, which is subsequently burnt to the ground. When Cary returns, he is arrested as a spy and faces execution unless Virgie can find a way to stop it. This is definitely the film to watch if you want to see Shirley Temple in blackface.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Willie Best
27-May-1913 27-Feb-1962 Sleep 'n' Eat
John Boles
28-Oct-1895 27-Feb-1969 Victor Moritz in Frankenstein
Jack Holt
31-May-1888 18-Jan-1951 They Were Expendable
Karen Morley
12-Dec-1909 8-Mar-2003 Gabriel Over the White House
Bill Robinson
25-May-1878 25-Nov-1949 Bojangles
Shirley Temple
23-Apr-1928 10-Feb-2014 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Guinn Williams
26-Apr-1899 6-Jun-1962 Santa Fe Trail


Shirley Temple   ...   Virginia Cary
John Boles   ...   Capt. Herbert Cary
Jack Holt   ...   Col. Morrison
Karen Morley   ...   Mrs. Cary
Bill Robinson   ...   Uncle Billy
Guinn Williams   ...   Sgt. Dudley
Willie Best   ...   James Henry
Frank McGlynn, Sr.   ...   Abraham Lincoln
Bessie Lyle   ...   Mammy
Hannah Washington   ...   Sally Ann


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