Shirley Temple's first costume picture -- and one of her best pictures of any kind -- was 1935's The Little Colonel. The story begins in 1870, when unreconstructed Southerner Colonel Lloyd (Lionel Barrymore) disowns his daughter Elizabeth (Evelyn Venable) when she stubbornly marries damn-Yankee Jack Sherman (John Lodge). Several years pass, during ...Read MoreShirley Temple's first costume picture -- and one of her best pictures of any kind -- was 1935's The Little Colonel. The story begins in 1870, when unreconstructed Southerner Colonel Lloyd (Lionel Barrymore) disowns his daughter Elizabeth (Evelyn Venable) when she stubbornly marries damn-Yankee Jack Sherman (John Lodge). Several years pass, during which time the Shermans' daughter, Lloyd (Temple), dubbed "the little colonel," is born. When Jack and Elizabeth suffer a series of financial reverses, they are compelled to move into a small cottage owned by Elizabeth, near her father's estate. As tenacious and opinionated as her grandpa, little Lloyd befriends the crusty old codger and tries to effect a reunion between the colonel and Elizabeth. Her efforts at first meet with failure, but when the ailing Jack is imperiled by all-around villain Swazey (Sidney Blackmer) does the colonel race to the rescue, with the "little colonel" leading the way. The film's brief Technicolor finale, long missing from TV prints, was restored in the mid-'80s. Why Fox felt that Technicolor was needed is a mystery; Shirley Temple's name in and of itself was the principal drawing card of The Little Colonel, while Temple's famous stair-dance duet with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was worth the admission price in itself. Hal Erickson, RoviRead Less
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One of our family's favorites! The best part of all is the Baptism part! We love it and we love the whole portrayal! It truly gets a good message across for all times! (We know that at the time the movie was released, there was some negative opinion about Shirley holding Bill "Bojangles" hand, opinion which is so sadly ridiculous, because that is some of the best part - best dancing, etc. It was people doing a wonderful thing and should never should have been ridiculed. Folks need to lay down prejudices and get right in life! This movie is a good way to help set this world straight! AND PRAISE GOD THAT SHIRLEY WAS A "BIGGER" PERSON IN HEART THAN OTHERS and we have these wonderful movies to carry on for generations to follow to the end of time in the Lord Jesus! I cannot say enough good stuff about the Shirley T's movies and this is classified as "A #1"!! Forever!