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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Actors: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart, Phyllis Brooks
Director: Allan Dwan
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     1hr 20min

When orphan Rebecca (Temple) auditions for a radio show and doesn't get the job, her stepfather (William Demarest) takes her to live with her Aunt Miranda (Helen Westly), owner of Sunnybrook Farm. But the show's talent age...  more »

     

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Actors: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley, Gloria Stuart, Phyllis Brooks
Director: Allan Dwan
Creators: Arthur C. Miller, Allen McNeil, Darryl F. Zanuck, Raymond Griffith, Don Ettlinger, Karl Tunberg, Kate Douglas Wiggin
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Classic Comedies, Drama, Comedy, Classics, Family Films, Musicals
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/22/2005
Original Release Date: 03/18/1938
Theatrical Release Date: 03/18/1938
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Mark L. (Dragonlew) from MEMPHIS, TN
Reviewed on 9/13/2009...
A very great movie. My 2nd favorite Shirley Temple movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Shirley Temple At Her Peak
Craig Connell | Lockport, NY USA | 04/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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....you just have to suspend all belief and just enjoy the comedy, Shirley's tremendous talent and appeal, and all the pleasing songs and dances in here. That done, you've spent an enjoyable 80 minutes.

Made during the Depression years when Americans desperately needed to feel good, Shirley Temple was perhaps the best at filling that need. Some 70 years later, she still ranks as the greatest child entertaining in United States history and her films still put a smile on one's face. She still makes us feel good.
"
Be optimistic and smile! Oh, how Shirley could sing and danc
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 05/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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.

The DVD offers us the motion picture in both black and white as well as color. This movie was originally filmed in black and white and then colorized. The DVD lacks extras except for some clips from Heidi and Little Miss Broadway.

The cinematography shines with the characters being filmed very artistically within the confines of the screen and the choreography of the dance numbers is terrific. The finale, "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," showcases Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson dancing wonderfully and this will thrill you!

Overall, I highly recommend this for Shirley Temple fans; and people who want to watch classic movies with their children will enjoy this film, too.

Enjoy! Great job, everyone!!!
"
I liked it alot.
Matthew G. Sherwin | 12/29/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."