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The Little Colonel (1935) was a Comedy - Family Film directed by David Butler and produced by Buddy G. DeSylva.

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The Little Colonel (1935)

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The Little Colonel Directed by David Butler 1935/USA Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing This Shirley Temple film is memorable for a couple of fantastic tap dance sequences with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and a choral number at an African-American baptism. It is 1870′s Kentucky. ?... Read full article


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Swazey: Why, Jack, old partner! What's happened to you?
Jack Sherman: I've been very ill.
Swazey: Gee, that's too bad. Anything we can do? Maybe when you find out what we've come for, you'll feel better. When we sold you that land, we did it in good faith. We thought there was gold and plenty on it, and then we went off to California. On our way back, we stopped to see how you were faring, and we found out what had happened. Partner, we felt bad. Didn't we?
Hull: That's right.
Swazey: Now we'll prove we're honest. We made a long trip to find you to give you back your money.
Jack Sherman: You did, did you?
Swazey: Why, I couldn't sleep again if I thought you'd lost money. All we ask is that you hand over the deed to the property, and we'll pay you what you paid us, fair and square.
Jack Sherman: That's very kind and generous of you. Now be kind enough to get out of my house! You found out my land was valuable and the railroad wanted it, and I found out what kind of men you are. Now get out!
Swazey: Now partner, we came here to make an honest business deal for that deed. But if you're going to get rough about it, we'll have to get it another way.


Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: Tell me, dear, what happened?
Jack Sherman: Swazey and Hull were thieves. The land they sold me was worthless. We're ruined. We haven't a penny.
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: Jack, is all our money gone?
Jack Sherman: All of it. When I found out I got swindled, I almost went crazy. And on top of it, I got this fever.
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: Hush, dear. Don't think of that now. You must be quiet.
Jack Sherman: Poor Elizabeth. You made a sorry bargain when you gave up your beautiful home to marry me.
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: I'd do it again.


Jack Sherman: I want to thank you, Bob, for everything.
Col. Gray: It's been a great pleasure having you and your family with us, even for so short a time. Quite different from Philadelphia, isn't it?
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: Yes, indeed. We lived there for six years, but I never got used to the dreadful noise of the horse cars.
Col. Gray: Jack told me that you'd sold your house there.
Jack Sherman: We sold everything, lock, stock, and barrel. Took Greely's advice to go west, and here we are to find our fortune. I'm depending on your help for that.
Swazey: Oh, there's plenty there for the finding, if we're lucky.
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: I do wish we didn't have to go back home to Lloydsboro.
Jack Sherman: Now, dear, we've settled all that.
Col. Gray: This wild country is no place for women and children, and where Jack's going it's even rougher. Besides, Jack told me you have a lovely home waiting for you.
Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman: Oh, that sounds too grand. It's really just a cottage my mother left me.


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This movie features Shirley Temple's famous "staircase dance" with Bill Robinson.
The party scene at the end of the movie was the first time that Shirley Temple was filmed in color. Color shooting required Temple to wear makeup for the first time in any of her films.
Bill Robinson claimed that the idea for his "staircase dance" with Shirley Temple came to him in a dream. He later recalled of the dream, "I was being made a lord by the King of England and he was standing at the head of a flight of stairs. Rather than walk, I danced up."
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