The Littlest Rebel

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"America's Little Sweetheart . . . The Dimpled Darling You Love in the Greatest of Civil War Dramas !"
  • Approved
  • 1935
  • 1 hr 10 min
  • 6.7  (1,657)

The Littlest Rebel is a 1935 American film which tells the story of a young girl named Virginia Caryles (Shirley Temple), who lives with her family in a plantation in the Southern United States during the American Civil War. Her father is a Confederate officer, and Virginia is fiercely loyal to him and his cause. Virginia's life is turned upside down when Union soldiers invade her home, killing her mother and capturing her father. Virginia is left alone and must fend for herself, all the while hoping and praying for the safe return of her beloved father.

Despite the challenges she faces, Virginia remains resolute in her loyalty to the Confederacy, even after encountering a Union officer named Herbert Caryles (Jack Holt), who tries to show her that the war is not as black and white as she believes.

Throughout the film, Shirley Temple brings her trademark charm and innocence to her role as Virginia, enchanting audiences with her adorable southern accent and bright-eyed determination.

The Littlest Rebel is a gripping and emotional drama that explores the complexities of war and the human cost of conflict. It is a heartwarming and poignant story of family, love, and hope that will stay with audiences long after the final credits roll.

The film is directed by David Butler, with a screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer and adapted from the play The Littlest Rebel by Edward Peple. Alongside Temple, the cast includes John Boles as Virginia's father and Bill Robinson as her loyal family servant.

The Littlest Rebel was a box office success upon its release in 1935, grossing over $1.3 million in the US and Canada alone. It remains a cherished classic of American cinema and a testament to Shirley Temple's enduring talent and legacy.

The Littlest Rebel is a 1935 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 10 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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    1 hr 10 min
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    6.7  (1,657)