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

Why are they sending so many|soldiers daddy, if it is only going to|be a little war.

Make those southern boys take us|seriously this time, my darlilng.

When they realize how much we|want to put a stop to their|nonsense, they'll quiet down.

They'd better. Anyhow, when you|get there, you'll stop them won't you daddy?

I'll do my best dear.

We will miss you so.

I'll be back and we'll be together|again before you can say knife.

I can say knife a good many times|in a year.

At school, you'll have charming little|girls to play with.....

....books to read, a pony to ride and|after all there will be Emily you know.

Yes, there will be Emily. And she does look|as though she'd be an understanding friend,|don't you think daddy?

With that intelletual look, I'm sure of it.

- Not a very cheeful looking school, is it daddy?|- I'm afraid nothing would seem|very cheerful to us at the moment.

Well, maybe it will be better on the inside.

- Of course it will. I'm sorry sir.|- All right, get it out.

- The very idea of delivering a thing|like this to the front door.|- Oh look daddy, my pony.

Your employer will answer to this.|Now take him away. Yes, far away!

- Oh no daddy.|- Oh, I say. Just a moment.

- You are Miss Minchin?|- I am.

I'm Captain Crew.

- I'm afraid of caused you no end to inconvenience.|- You most certainly have, Captain Crew.

- May I step inside and explain?|- Come in.

- Wait here, I'm returning.|- Very well Captain.

-I'm terribly sorry. I had no intention|of having the pony delivered inside your house.|- There are a number of things besides the pony.

Parcels have been arriving here|collect for your daughter for hours.|Follow me please.

Apparently you are not aware,|Captain Crew, that I conduct one of|the most exclusive schools in London.

Yes, yes, I understood. That is|precisely the reason why I brought|my daughter to you.

- I would not have gathered that, by|your actions.|- Really now, I'm not entirely to blame.

You see Sara and I, only just|arrived from India. Sara has lived|there practically all her life.

We no more than got here, when I learned|that my regiment was to leave at once for|South Africa, so we had to act in a hurry.

But I wrote you and explained that l|do not take young ladies without an|interview and impecable references.

I wrote you also, that at the|moment, I have no vacant room.

- Well in that case daddy, we may|as well move on.|- This is a bit awkward.

You see, your letter never reached me and|I'm afraid it never occured to me that any|school wouldn't welcome my little Sara.

If it is a question of my social|standing, my father was Sir George|Crew. You've heard of him, perhaps?

And the best financial references l|can give you would be the director|of the South African Holding Syndicate.

I'm the principal stockholder in the|syndicate.

My brother, Captain Crew, a|professor of dramatics.

- How do you do?|- Charmed, I'm sure.

- I say, isn't the Eclipse Diamond|mines one of your holdings?|- One of the most important.

I'm sorry to appear casual Miss Minchin,|but the siutation is quite distressing. I sail|in an hour to the east Indian docks.

- I expect you'll just have to take me to Africa|with you daddy. - Well, well and what would|a little girl like you do in Africa?

Forgive me Captain Crew. I'm afraid I've|been over zealous. The reputation of my|school you know. One has to be so cautious.

But after this interview, I can see at|a glance, she's a dear little child.

- It'll be a pleasure to have her with us.|- Does that mean I've got to stay?

Yes dear. You are to have that|privilege. You and your little pony.

- 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.

I expect you think I am completely|spoiling the child. No doubt you're|right, but actually it's good for her.

She's much too inclined to bury her|cute little nose in a book and keep it|there until someone lures her out of it.

You see Miss Minchin. Sara has no|mother and we've never been|separated for more than a few days.

- How touching.|- This is going to be very hard for her.

Have no fear Captain Crew. I'm a|mother to all my little girls.

And now, I'll leave you to your farewells.

- How much longer have we got, daddy?|- Only a few minutes, darling.

-You know me by heart little Sara.|- No daddy, I know you by heart.

You're inside my heart.

We're going to be brave, aren't we?

I'll tell you what. Let's pretend we're|back in India.

And I'm going away with the troop|for a few days. Shall we?

We've fought this kind of battle|before, haven't we? And you never|cried once when I went away.

- Remember?|- Yes daddy.

But this is going to be our hardest|battle.

- But we'll be good soldiers, won't we?|- Yes daddy.

- Shall we say good-bye, like we|used to at home?|- Yes daddy.

All right then. Chin up, go to the|window and look out.

Say it as we used to.

My daddy has to go away, but he'll|return most any day.

Any moment, I may see, my daddy|coming back to me.

My daddy has to go away, but he'll|return most any day.

I can't do it this time. I can't do it.

- You're crying too.|- I'm afraid that we aren't quite the|good soldiers as we thought.

Oh yes we are.

I can do it now.

My daddy has to go away, but he'll|return most any day.

Any moment I may see, my daddy|coming back to me.

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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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