Our Little Girl (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

Our Little Girl (1935)





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With Shirley Temple heading the cast of Our Little Girl, it's a moot point as to who plays the title role. Temple is cast as Molly Middleton, daughter of Dr. Donald Middleton (Joel McCrea) and his wife Elsa (Rosemary Ames). Long unhappy in their marriage, Donald and Elsa have stayed together this long only for the sake of cute little Molly. The "big break" finally comes when Elsa falls in love (or thinks she does) with handsome neighbor Rolfe Brent (Lyle Talbot) and Donald has a brief fling with his office assistant Sarah Boyton (Erin O'Brien-Moore). Distressed at the thought of her parent's separation, Molly runs away from home, whereupon her mother and father heap recriminations upon one another, blaming everyone but themselves for the girl's unhappiness. John Farrell MacDonald almost steals the film in the closing scenes as a philosophical hobo who convinces Donald and Elsa to stop thinking about themselves and devote their attention -- and affection -- to Molly. Our Little Girl is based on the Florence Leighton Ptazgraf story Heaven's Gate (the significance of this title is explained at several important plot junctures).

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Shirley Temple
as Molly Middleton
Joel McCrea
as Dr. Donald Middleton
Rosemary Ames
as Elsa Middleton
Lyle Talbot
as Rolfe Brent
Erin O'Brien-Moore
as Sarah Boynton
Poodles Hanneford
as Circus Performer
Rita Owin
as Alice
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Critic Reviews for Our Little Girl

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The rest of the cast is mediocre and the story flat and stale. Shirley Temple is still cute...

April 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The adult parts just slapped together... and everything rushed through to make way for the next Temple picture, and to keep Shirley, who is getting bigger every minute, in front of the camera and her public.

August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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