The Little Princess

Synopsis: When her father, Captain Crewe, goes off to fight in the Boer War, young Sara Crewe is placed into the care of Amanda Minchin, the head of an exclusive private school for girls. Sara lives a wonderful life of a privileged child and is quite happy in her surroundings. When her father is listed as missing in action however, her life goes from one of plenty to that of a poor house maid. Mrs. Minchin agrees to keep her on at the school, but in the absence of her tuition payments, she has to work for her keep. She is soon cleaning out the fireplace and scrubbing floors and is dubbed the little princess by her former schoolmates. She also refuses to accept that her father is dead and prowls the hospitals in the hope of locating him. Luck - and Royal intervention - assist her in her quest.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Production: Slingshot Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- What a dear little pony.|- This is made out to the school.|- Is it enough for the moment.

- Oh quite.|- I should say it would. Why it's stupendous.

- I beg your pardon, but haven't I|seen you somewhere before?|- Quite possible my dear Captain.

Your face is most familiar. Were|you ever on the stage? I seem to|associate you with one of the old music halls.

- Musicals? My brother on the stage? Ridiculous.|- Ridiculous indeed, you're quite right.

And now, shall we look at little|Sara's room?

Just a moment Miss Rose. This is|Miss Rose, one of my most capable teachers.

Captain Crew has done us the|honor of placing his little daughter|Sara with us.

How do you do Miss Rose? How do you do|Captain Crew? We shall do everything|we can to make your little girl happy.

Children, we have a new pupil.|Sara Crew. Say how do you do to her.

-How do you do?|- I'm very well, thank you.

Lavina, Jesse, that will do. You|may proceed Miss Rose.

- She's just like a little princess, isn't she?|- That's what she is, a princess.

I expect now, some people around|here won't think they're so smart.

Oh won't they? Wait and see!|Princess indeed!

Fortunately, the room has just been papered|and the fireplace has an excellent draft.

- But I thought you didn't have any rooms?|- I didn't know then what a dear little|girl was coming.

Why does that make more rooms daddy?

Lady Bengiglis daughter has only|recently vacated the room. Our|best suite of course.

Do you think you could brighten it|up a bit? I'd like it made as gay as possible.

brought a few things from India.|Perhaps you could buy whatever|else is necessary.

With pleasure Captain Crew.

- I'd like Sara to ride every|afternoon, if that is all right. Of course.|- Fortunately we have a splendid riding master.

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Ethel Hill

Ethel Hill (April 6, 1898, Sacramento, California – May 17, 1954, Hollywood, California) was an American screenwriter and race horse owner.When Dore Schary first went to work for Columbia Pictures as a new screenwriter, he was paired with the veteran Hill to learn from her; together, they wrote the screenplay for Fury of the Jungle (1933). Hill was described by Marc Norman in his book What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting as "an extremely dear and generous woman [who] had an interest in horses and often wore jodhpurs and riding gear to the studio." Perhaps her best known film is The Little Princess (1939), starring Shirley Temple. Hill bought the Thoroughbred race horse War Knight, a son of Preakness winner High Quest, as a foal "with her $1500 life savings". He went on to win 10 of 28 starts, including the 1944 Arlington Handicap. He was injured in 1945 and did not win any of his five 1946 starts leading up to the $100,000 added Santa Anita Handicap, which he proceeded to win in a photo finish. He retired to stud afterward. more…

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