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  • Actors: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley, Thomas Beck
  • Directors: Allan Dwan
  • Writers: Johanna Spyri, Julien Josephson, Walter Ferris
  • Producers: Raymond Griffith
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 30 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,555 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Shirley Temple in a role that seems custom-made for her, portrays the spirited young heroine of the popular children's novel, giving her a rich emotional depth and infinite charm. When her aunt tires of caring for her, orphan Heidi is taken into the Swiss mountains to live with her gruff grandfather (Jean Hersholt), a hermit who comes to adore her. But the aunt returns to steal Heidi away, selling her to a family whose invalid daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) needs a companion. Bullied by an evil governess (Mary Nash), Heidi still charms the entire household and never stops trying to return to her beloved grandfather.


One thing Shirley Temple did extremely well (besides sing, dance, and act) was turn the cranky cuddly. She'd done it effectively, two years prior, in 1935's The Little Colonel with grandfather Lionel Barrymore. Now in Heidi she turns her reclusive grumpy grandfather, Adolf (Jean Hersholt), into the loving sort she knows he really is. Heidi is an orphan, dumped into the Swiss Alps by self-centered Aunt Dete (Mady Christians) onto a grandfather she's never known, but they soon learn to love each other. Heidi's mercenary aunt returns and sells (!) Heidi to a cruel woman, appropriately named Fraulein Rottenmeier (Mary Nash). Adolf sets out on a quest to find his granddaughter. Meanwhile, Heidi charms Klara Sesemann (Marcia Mae Jones), the wealthy handicapped girl in Fraulein Rottenmeier's care. Look for a delightful Arthur Treacher as the Sesemann butler. There's a cute fantasy production number, "In Our Little Wooden Shoes," featuring Temple in various period costumes. Throughout Heidi, Temple is, as always, wonderfully joyful. This is perhaps the best-known rendering of the popular children's story by Johanna Spyri (it's been filmed some 10 times). --N.F. Mendoza --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20th Century Fox present "HEIDI" (released: 15 October 1937) (88 mins) (B&W/Color Versions) - Under Allan Dwan (Director), Darryl F. Zanuck (Producer), Walter Ferris (Screenwriter), Julien Josephson (Screenwriter), Johanna Spyri (Book Author), Arthur C. Miller (Cinematographer), Sidney D. Mitchell (Songwriter), Lew Pollack (Songwriter), Louis Silvers (Musical Direction/Supervision / Composer (Music Score), Allen McNeil (Editor), Hans Peters (Art Director), Raymond Griffith (Associate Producer), Thomas K. Little (Set Designer), Gwen Wakeling (Costume Designer) - - - - - - American film directed by Allan Dwan which starred child-actress Shirley Temple in the title role. It was adapted from the 1880 children's book, Heidi, by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. The film also featured Jean Hersholt (as Heidi's grandfather) and Arthur Treacher as Andrews, the butler --- Heidi is an eight year-old cheerful Swiss orphan who is kidnapped by her cruel aunt who later sells her --- While Heidi's crusty-old grandfather searches for her, she brings happiness to the disabled daughter of a wealthy man --- Arthur Treacher, the comic English butler is definitely not in the original book, but he is hilarious nonetheless, bringing much delight to this warm and touching story.

the cast includes:
Shirley Temple ... Heidi Kramer
Jean Hersholt ... Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather
Arthur Treacher ... Andrews, the Butler
Helen Westley ... Blind Anna
Thomas Beck ... Pastor Schultz
Mary Nash ... Fräulein Rottenmeier
Sidney Blackmer ... Herr Sesemann
Pauline Moore ... Fräulein Elsa
Mady Christians ... Dete
Marcia Mae Jones ... Klara Sesemann
Delmar Watson ... Peter, the Goat General
Egon Brecher ... Inn Keeper
Christian Rub ...
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For the brief space of perhaps a half dozen years, Shirley Temple,with her songs, curls, dance steps, and tears, alone of dozens of child stars, managed to bring adult America back to their respective childhoods. Shirley had the unique talent to make us remember both the joys and terrors of childhood. In HEIDI, director Allan Dwan totally involves the audience in the most primal of all childhood fears--the loss of a loving parent. Shirley is Heidi, an orphan who is placed in the care of Adolf, the village curmudgeon who has the well-deserved reputation of insisting on his solitude. She is dumped on his doorstep, and stares up at this huge,white bearded giant who is her grandfather. She sees what the villagers do not: a man torn apart by incessant loneliness and hides behind his fears using surliness as a shield. She knows that her childish goodness will eventually pierce his self-imposed armor. They grow close, and you can see his layers of solitude slowly peel away. The joy that Heidi feels, her grandfather feels, and so do you. There is nothing corny nor saccharine about the tears of happiness that well in the eye. By the middle of the film, joy reverts to loss, then to the terror that always results when a comfortable childhood is ripped away by a snarling witch who, in turn, delivers her to an even more frightening harpy. The witch is Heidi's Aunt Dete (Mady Christians), who seeks only to turn a fast buck by selling her to a wealthy family who needs a healthy little girl to be the playmate of a crippled, but decent child Klara (Marcia Mae Jones).Read more ›
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This, in my opinion, is some of the best work Shirley Temple has ever done, although it's hard to decide seeing as she has made many wonderful movies. =) "Heidi" tells the story of a young girl who is sent off by her aunt to her grandfather's house to live. He is a grumpy old man, but Heidi makes the best of the situation and gradually wiggles her way into the man's affections. Just when Heidi and her grandfather are truly settled and happy together, Heidi's aunt returns (on her birthday, unfortunately) and whisks her away to a bustling town, where she must live with Fraulein Rottenmeier and Klara. Fraulein is a coldhearted woman, but Klara is sweet and affectionate as she could be. An accident has left her in a wheelchair, and she is obviously in need of a friend to talk to her and lift her spirits. Heidi ends up being exactly what Klara needs, but forcing Heidi to live there means going against Heidi's will. She does not want to be there, and Fraulein certainly doesn't want her, either. Apparently, Fraulein is Klara's money-hungry caretaker, and the fact that Heidi is contributing to Klara's emotional, spiritual, and eventually physical healing threatens to put Fraulein out of her job. Unfortunate circumstances force Heidi to stay right where she is. Throughout Heidi's quest to get back to her beloved grandfather, thorough displays of love and friendship come into play. This is an excellent movie for the entire family to watch together. Hey, it's a Shirley Temple movie--how can you go wrong? =) Buy this movie now and have the opportunity to see one of Heidi's most touching movies ever. =)
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