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Heidi (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Musical | 15 October 1937 (USA)
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A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Director:

Allan Dwan

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Johanna Spyri (by), Walter Ferris (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Heidi
Jean Hersholt ... Adolph Kramer / Grandfather
Arthur Treacher ... Andrews
Helen Westley ... Blind Anna
Thomas Beck ... Pastor Schultz
Mary Nash ... Fraulein Rottenmeier
Sidney Blackmer ... Herr Sesemann
Pauline Moore ... Elsa
Mady Christians ... Dete
Marcia Mae Jones ... Klara Sesemann
Delmar Watson ... Peter
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Inn Keeper
Christian Rub ... Baker
George Humbert George Humbert ... Organ Grinder
Sig Ruman ... Police Captain (as Sig Rumann)
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Storyline

Eight-year-old Heidi is orphaned and her selfish maternal Aunt Dete takes her to the mountains to live with Adolph Kramer, her grumpy, old, outcast, survivalist paternal grandfather. Heidi brings her grandfather back into mountain society through her angelic ways, sheer love, and adorable personality. When Aunt Dete steals Heidi away to be the companion of a rich man's invalid daughter, the grandfather is enraged and sets out to get her back. Back in Frankfurt, loved and adored by everyone she touches except the villainous housekeeper, Fraulein Rottenmeier, she thrives but is inwardly very sad and lonely. No matter what anyone tells her, Heidi, with faith, hope, and the stubbornness she inherited from her grandfather, knows that some day she will be reunited with the him and the beloved people of the mountain's little village. Written by Terry Ann Smulen

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Shirley's A Little Swiss Miss In The Loveliest Story of Her Career !

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Drama | Family | Musical

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haidei See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene in which Heidi is butted by a goat and falls over, Shirley Temple was butted for the first few takes. Although she later said that being butted was not painful, her mother Gertrude Temple became concerned for her safety and insisted that a stunt double be used. See more »

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When Peter tells Heidi that her grandfather will "probably cut your head off" when he gets angry, he accidentally looks into the camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dete: [discovering Heidi undressing in the street] Heidi! Put those on!
Heidi: Oh, not everything. I'm so hot!
Dete: Well, keep on your Sunday dress, and your coat. Hurry up.
Heidi: Oh, all right.
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Credits are printed into a Heidi storybook. Pages are turned by a hand. See more »

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Version of Heidi (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
(1774) (uncredited)
Words by Ignaz Franz
Translated by Clarence A. Walworth (1858)
Music unknown
Sung by Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, and the congregation
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Shirley's sweetest 'dramatic' performance
24 December 2006 | by jootes-garlandSee all my reviews

Yes, another very good Shirley Temple movie. I must say I love all Shirley movies, I don't have a "favorite" one(except for the very first movie of hers I saw, which is very close to my heart), but Heidi is a great movie and I think everybody must see it.

Heidi's an orphaned girl who lived with her aunt for six years. Then the aunt got a job and she had to live with her grandfather, a very unsociable man, who have a terrible humor and hates everyone. He lives in the mountains. Later, the aunt comes back to take Heidi to the big city to be the playmate of a girl that can't walk.

I think this is one of the greatest(if it's not the best)Shirley's acting performances. In that movie she shows that she's not just a cute little girl that can tap dance and smile! She shows she's a good actress. A very good actress. I just think that only one sing-and-dance number's not enough for a Shirley Temple movie -- but the only sing-and-dance number in that film is great("In our little Wooden shoes").

That story was adored by me when I was a kid. I saw an animated version, the 1970's movie version and I read the book. When I became a Shirley Temple fan and noticed that she'd played Heidi, I said "WOW! Shirley played Heidi!" and after I saw that movie I absolutely 'fell in love' with Shirley.There are some parts of the film that make me cry, like the Christmas scene and the ending scene(apart from Shirley's cute smile of course!).

Anyway, a very good movie. Enjoyable, happy, and with the great Child-Star Shirley Temple starring in it. Anyone who wants to watch this film with the kids but think they won't like because it's black-and-white, just try. I'm sure they'll get into the story and that they'll love it!


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