The Little Princess

The week of July 18, 2010:

The first movie to be given title as movie of the week is a great family film and brings its audience one cheerful ending. The Little Princess stars young Shirley Temple. Though Temple was only ten-years-old when she filmed this particular movie, she was already a celebrated star and an actress wise beyond her years. Shirley Temple is truly a Hollywood legend and as this film proves, a one of a kind talent!

Stars: Shirley Temple
Directed by: Walter Lang
Released in: 1939

Before Captain Crewe goes off to fight in the Boer War he enrolls his daughter, Sara Crewe, in a private boarding school for girls. She lives a privileged life there until the day of her birthday, when her father is reportedly killed. The head of the school, Mrs. Minchin, decides to keep Sara at the school not as a student, rather as a servant girl. Despite Sara’s bad fortune, she remains hopeful and refuses to believe that her father is dead. Soon Sara begins to prowl the hospitals in hopes of locating him. Can luck and royal intervention be enough for Sara to uncover the truth about her father’s whereabouts? 

Fact: James Roosevelt, the son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his wife visited the set of The Little Princess while the film was in production.

Fact: Remember in the scene where a parrot flys into Sara’s room off of Ram Daz’s shoulder? Well, originally the director wanted a small monkey to be used. However, the monkey did not seem to like Temple and kept trying to bite her. So, for safety reasons a parrot was used instead.

To view the trailer of The Little Princess visit:

As well, The Little Princess will air on the Turner Classic Movie channel on Friday, July 23 at 11:00PM. Be sure to double-check your local listings and times at

And as always, feel absolutely free to leave your comments:)


~ by discoveringtheclassics on July 19, 2010.

One Response to “The Little Princess”

  1. let me just tell you rite now that this movie is great. Well of couse u have to like back then movies to

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