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Wee Willie Winkie
Directed by John Ford
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Gene Markey
Written by Screenplay:
Julien Josephson
Ernest Pascal
Rudyard Kipling
Starring Shirley Temple
Victor McLaglen
C. Aubrey Smith
Cesar Romero
June Lang
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Editing by Walter Thompson
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 30, 1937 (1937-07-30)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Wee Willie Winkie is a 1937 American adventure film directed by John Ford. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Ernest Pascal was based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, and Cesar Romero in a story about the British presence in nineteenth century India.

William S. Darling and David S. Hall were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.[1]



During the British Raj, an impoverished widow, Joyce Williams and her young daughter Priscilla, are escorted by Sergeant Donald McDuff to a remote military outpost guarding the northern frontier of India, to live with her stern father-in-law, Colonel Williams. On the way, they witness the capture of notorious rebel chief Khoda Khan.

Soon, Priscilla, nicknamed 'Wee Willie Winkie' by McDuff, wins the hearts of all the soldiers, especially her grandfather and McDuff; even Khoda Khan is touched by her visits to cheer him up in his captivity. Meanwhile, her mother is courted by Lieutenant Brandes.

Khoda Khan is rescued by his men in a daring night raid and hostilities begin. McDuff is fatally wounded while out on patrol. He passes away in the hospital, while Winkie sings "Auld Lang Syne" to him.

Winkie decides to persuade Khoda Khan to stop fighting; Mohammed-din, a soldier who is actually Khan's spy, smuggles her out of the base and takes her to the rebel mountain fortress. Khoda Khan is greatly pleased, as he knows that the colonel will bring his entire regiment in a hopeless attempt to rescue her.

However, Colonel Williams halts his force out of gunshot and walks alone to the entrance. When a couple of Khan's men start shooting at the British officer, Winkie rushes to her grandfather's side. Impressed by the colonel's courage and not wanting the little girl harmed, Khoda Khan orders his men to stop firing. He agrees to negotiate and the war ends.


Home media

In 2009, the film was available on videocassette and DVD in both the original black and white and in computer-colorized versions. Some editions had theatrical trailers and special features.

See also


  • Robinson, George (March 1994), Wee Willie Winkie: Hollywood's version of a Highland Regiment on the NW Frontier, Soldiers of the Queen (Journal of the Victorian Military Society) 

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