The Little Colonel
Shirley Temple ■ Lionel Barrymore
After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her crusty grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother.
This is one Shirley Temple film that I've only seen a couple of times. And I was quite surprised to recognize the familiar, and very distinctive, voice of Lionel Barrymore, think It's A Wonderful Life and Key Largo. The Colonel Sanders look was kind of weird but there was no mistaking that voice.
The interaction between the gruff Lionel Barrymore and the adorable Shirley Temple is actually quite fun to watch. That little girl gives just as good as she gets. And you won't want to miss 'Mr. Bojangles' (Bill Robinson) as he dances with Shirley and gets some of the funniest lines, as does Hattie McDaniel whom you'll recognize from Gone With The Wind.
This movie, like most 1930's movies is not politically correct in the slightest. But it is a wonderful look into a bygone era and also into some of the earliest films aimed mostly at children.
The Little Colonel is probably not one of Shirley Temple's best known films, and the storyline is not always very plausible, but fans of the curly haired little actress will want to watch it at least once.
Shirley Temple ... Lloyd Sherman
Lionel Barrymore ... Colonel Lloyd
Evelyn Venable ... Elizabeth
John Lodge ... Jack Sherman
Sidney Blackmer ... Swazey
Stephen Chase ... Hull (as Alden Chase)
William Burress ... Dr. Scott
Frank Darien ... Nebler
Robert Warwick ... Colonel Gray
Hattie McDaniel ... Mom Beck
Geneva Williams ... Maria
Avonne Jackson ... May Lily
Nyanza Potts ... Henry Clay
Bill Robinson ... Walker
Miss Lloyd Sherman: Don't you dare poke me with that old stick!
Col. Lloyd: You'd better learn some respect for your elders.
Miss Lloyd Sherman: I won't respect anyone who pokes me with a stick!
Col. Lloyd: For a little girl, you've got a bad temper!
Miss Lloyd Sherman: That's your fault.
Col. Lloyd: What? Who are you?
Miss Lloyd Sherman: They call me the little colonel.
Col. Lloyd: What under the sun do they call you that for?
Miss Lloyd Sherman: Because I'm so much like you.
Col. Lloyd: What? How are you like me?
Miss Lloyd Sherman: Because I stop my foot when I get mad, and I get all red in the face! I holler back at people, too!
Walker: Miss Lloyd, where you going?
Miss Lloyd Sherman: I'm going home to Mother. She loves me, even if my clothes are old and ugly.
Col. Lloyd: What under the sun's goin' on here? What are you doing?
Miss Lloyd Sherman: Hello, Grandfather! We were just baptizing Henry Clay.
Col. Lloyd: Baptizing Henry Clay?
Miss Lloyd Sherman: Yes, and he must be *awful* bad, because it took two dunks to save him!