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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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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


The Battle of the Little Princesses: Novel vs. Film (2)

By MargaretPerry on Nov 22, 2012 From Margaret Perry

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 myself something of a Shirley Temple fan. I couldn’t... Read full article


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Quotes from

Queen Victoria: What is it, child?
Sara Crewe: My father, they said he died at Mafeking. But I don't believe it! He may be here with the new wounded men, but they won't let me look! If they don't, I may never have another chance. Can you make them let me look?
Queen Victoria: Colonel, will you please see that this child is escorted through the wards?
Colonel Gordon: With permission, I shall accompany her personally, Your Majesty.
Sara Crewe: What... what's your name?
Queen Victoria: Victoria. What's yours?
Sara Crewe: Sara... oh Your Majesty!
[kneels and kisses the Queen's hand]


[repeated line]
Captain Reginald Crewe: Sara, Sara.


Captain Reginald Crewe: Sara has no mother, and we've never been separated for more than a few days.
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: How touching.
Captain Reginald Crewe: This is going to be very hard on her.
Amanda Minchin of Minchin Seminary for Girls: Have no fear, Captain Crewe. I'm a mother to all my little girls.


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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.
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.
Mary Nash's costumes from Heidi were recycled for this film.
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