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For the Mary Pickford film see The Little Princess (1917 film); for the 1986 mini-series starring Amelia Shankley see A Little Princess (1986 TV serial); for the remake starring Liesel Matthews see A Little Princess (1995 film)

The Little Princess
Directed by Walter Lang
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Gene Markey
Written by Ethel Hill
Walter Ferris
Starring Shirley Temple
Richard Greene
Anita Louise
Ian Hunter
Arthur Treacher
Music by Charles Maxwell
Cyril J. Mockridge
Herbert W. Spencer
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
William Skall
Editing by Louis Loeffler
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date(s) March 10, 1939 (1939-03-10)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Little Princess is a 1939 American drama film directed by Walter Lang. The screenplay by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris is based on the novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The film was the first Shirley Temple movie to be filmed completely in Technicolor. It was also her last major success as a child star at 20th Century Fox, and remains one of her most well-known films.

Although it maintained the novel's Victorian London setting, the film introduced several new characters and storylines and used the Second Boer War and the Siege of Mafeking as a backdrop to the action. Temple and Treacher had a musical number together, performing the song "Knocked 'Em in the Old Kent Road;" Temple also appeared in an extended ballet sequence. The film was given a happier ending than the book: Captain Crewe was found alive.



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