- The Littlest Rebel
name = The Littlest Rebel
caption = Film poster
director = David Butler
Buddy G. DeSylva
Edwin J. Burke Edward Peple(play)
John F. Seitz
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
November 22, 1935
runtime = 70 min.
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 0026641
"The Littlest Rebel" is a 1935 comedy drama film directed by David Butler, starring child-actress
Shirley Temple. It was adapted from a play of the same name, written by Edward Peple. Shirley Temple plays the daughter of a rebel officer, Captain Herbert Cary, played by John Boles, who sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family, only to be arrested. A yankee takes pity on him and lets him escape. All of them are captured to be executed, when Temple's character, Virgie Cary, goes to president Abraham Lincolnfor help.
Film critic Hal Erickson, of the "
Allmovie" wrote "The stereotypical treatment of black characters in " The Littlest Rebel" is more offensive than usual, with "happy darkies" nervously pondering the prospect of being freed from slavery and shivering in their boots when the Yankees arrive." [Erickson, Hal. [http://movies2.nytimes.com/movie/29703/The-Littlest-Rebel/ "The Littlest Rebel"] . " New York Times".] Bill Gibron, of the Online Film Critics Society, wrote: "The racism present in "The Littlest Rebel", " The Little Colonel" and "Dimples" is enough to warrant a clear critical caveat." However Gibron, echoing most film critics who continue to see value in Temple's work despite the racism that is present in some of it, also wrote: "Thankfully, the talent at the center of these troubling takes is still worthwhile for some, anyway." [Gibron, Bill. [http://www.popmatters.com/film/features/060519-shirleytemple.shtml "Little Girl Lost"] . PopMatters.com. 19 May 2006.]
Shirley Templeas Ms. Virginia 'Virgie' Cary
John Bolesas Capt. Herbert Cary, aka "Massa Cary"
*Jack Holt as Col. Morrison
Karen Morleyas Mrs. Cary
Bill Robinsonas Uncle Billy
Guinn Williamsas Sgt. Dudley
Willie Bestas James Henry
Frank McGlynn, Sr.as President Abraham Lincoln
Bessie Lyleas Mammy Rosabelle
Hannah Washingtonas Sally Ann
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