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The Little Princess (1939) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by William A. Seiter and Walter Lang and produced by Gene Markey.

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Watching 1939: The Little Princess (1939)

on Dec 24, 2021 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


The Essential Films of 1939: The Little Princess

By Amanda Garrett on Dec 15, 2014 From Old Hollywood Films

The Film: Shirley Temple goes from riches to rags in The Little Princess. The Director: Walter Lang The Stars: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Arthur Treacher and Mary Nash. Source Material: The children's novel, A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Little Sar... Read full article


The Little Princess (1939)

By Beatrice on Feb 11, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Little Princess Directed by Walter Lang Written by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris based on the novel by Frances Hogson Burnett 1939/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental [last lines] Sara Crewe: Your Majesty. My Dad. Shirley Temple Black died today. ?She g... Read full article


The Battle of the Little Princesses: Novel vs. Film

By Margaret Perry on Nov 22, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

The Battle of the Little Princesses: Novel vs. Film Labels: A Little Princess (1939), Arthur Treacher, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Mary Nash, Shirley Temple Black A Little Princess is one of my all-time favorite books. I think I read it at least once a year. When I read it for the first... Read full article


The Battle of the Little Princesses: Novel vs. Film (1)

By Margaret Perry on Nov 22, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

The Battle of the Little Princesses: Novel vs. Film A Little Princess is one of my all-time favorite books. I think I read it at least once a year. When I read it for the first time, I loved the ending so much that I just kept reading the last few chapters over and over again. I also consider m... Read full article


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Quotes from

Geoffrey Hamilton: Rose, something's wrong. What is it?
Rose Hamilton: Miss Minchin has taken away my Thursday afternoons.
Geoffrey Hamilton: But why?
Rose Hamilton: We mustn't be seen together.
Geoffrey Hamilton: Does that mean that I can never see you alone again?
Rose Hamilton: Of course not, darling. No matter what Miss Minchin says, we'll find a way.
Geoffrey Hamilton: I can't understand the woman! What is she so afraid of? Why shouldn't we see each other?
Rose Hamilton: Gossip, I suppose. Miss Minchin lives for that school and her ideas of pride and snobbishness.
Geoffrey Hamilton: Fiddlesticks! She's afraid of losing an excellent teacher whom she gets for nothing! I won't stand for it! I'll have a talk with her myself!
Rose Hamilton: Oh no, darling, you mustn't do that. She'd only discharge us both.
Geoffrey Hamilton: She might not have the chance if things continue to pop in South Africa.


Geoffrey Hamilton: Don't be frightened, Sara. It's only my grandfather.
Lord Wickham: Don't you believe him, young woman! I disowned him the day he was born!
Geoffrey Hamilton: And we're really very fond of each other.
Lord Wickham: Of course we are - what? Wait till I see the woman who runs this school! I'll put a spoke in your wheel!
Geoffrey Hamilton: Do! She'd love to know my grandfather is Lord Wickham, and she'll probably raise my salary!
Lord Wickham: Insolent pup! Just like his father!


Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: What happened to this room?
Sara Crewe: That's what we would like to know. I woke up this morning, and here everything was, even to the food and the fire.
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: Where did you get these things?
Sara Crewe: I don't know. It must be because I dreamed such a beautiful dream last night that it came true.
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: These things are rare and costly. You stole them!
Sara Crewe: No, Miss Minchin, I didn't steal these things!
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: I'll give you one more chance to tell me the truth!
Sara Crewe: But I am telling you the truth! They just - came!
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: This is a matter for the police!


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Facts about

The original source of the movie was a novel called "Sara Crewe; or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and it was published in 1888. She later adapted her book for the stage calling it "A Little Princess" (in London, 1902) and "The Little Princess" (in New York, 1903). It was successful enough that her publisher, C. Scribner's Sons, requested that she expand her original novel to include scenes from the play. The result was the final novel, "A Little Princess; being the whole story of Sara Crewe," which was published in 1905, and is the secondary source for the movie.
Sara's black dress was bought new and aged for the film.
In the scene where a parrot flies into Sara's room off of Ram Daz's (Cesar Romero) shoulder, originally a small monkey was to be used. However, the monkey did not seem to like Shirley Temple and kept trying to bite her. So for safety sake, they used a Macaw parrot instead.
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