The Little Colonel (1935) is one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies – which is really saying something because, frankly, I love them all to distraction.
Plot: Elizabeth Lloyd (played beautifully by Evelyn Venable) is a Southern Belle who falls in love with a Yankee, Jack Sherman (John Lodge). When they run away to get married, Elizabeth’s father, Colonel Lloyd (the wonderful Lionel Barrymore)… who happens to be a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War… cuts her off entirely and vows that he’ll never speak to her again! After several years, Elizabeth returns to her home town with her precious little girl (adorably played by Shirley Temple). Can The charming and lovable little girl soften her grumpy, stubborn, and unforgiving grandfather? Can she bring a father and daughter back together again?
You know the answers to these questions… and it is especially beautiful to watch.
Wonderful, warm movie with an outstanding cast.