Wee Willie Winkie

Synopsis: Priscilla Williams is a young girl traveling with her mother, Joyce, to join her paternal grandfather, a British army colonel, at the post he commands in northern India. Upon arrival, they witness the capture of Khoda Khan, leader of the rebel Indian faction. Priscilla plays at being a soldier and is even given a uniform and allowed to drill by the genial Sergeant MacDuff, but her gruff grandfather disapproves and insists she remain apart from the troops. She eventually charms him, along with everyone else on the post, including Khoda Khan, whom she wins over by returning a talisman he's dropped. When the attractive Lieutenant Brandes deserts his post to take Joyce to a dance, Khan escapes, and Brandes is arrested. As hostilities with the rebels mount, Priscilla and servant Mohammet Dihn --actually an Indian spy--take off for Khoda Khan's stronghold.
Genre: Adventure, Family
Director(s): John Ford
Production: Fox
100 min

But, Mommy, if we're in India...

where are all the Indians?

They're not the same kind of Indians

we have in America, darling.

What kind are they then?

These are the real Indians.

The ones back home

were called Indians by mistake...


when Christopher Columbus discovered

America, he thought it was India.

Then is Grandfather an Indian?

No, dear. He's an Englishman,

a colonel in the army.

You know that.

Then why doesn't he live in England?

Because Queen Victoria

transferred him here.

Will we live

right in Grandfather's house?

Why, of course.

Then we won't have to worry anymore

about the butcher and the grocer man?

No, darling.

Too bad we didn't get acquainted

with Grandfather sooner.

Look, Mommy! Look!

There's an elephant!

Are we gonna ride

the rest of the way on an elephant?

Oh, no, dear. I hope not.

Now, no more questions.

- Mrs. Williams?

- Yes.

This is Sergeant MacDuff

of the 7 th Highlanders.

Mommy, why does he wear

that funny little petticoat?

[Mrs. Williams]

Hush, dear.

Colonel Williams

sent me to meet you, ma'am.

- Thank you.

- Will you come this way, ma'am?

- There you are, missy.

- Oh, my baggage.

I have a trunk, two hat boxes-

Oh, and my mandolin.


You better come with me

to identify them, ma'am.

- Can I come too?

- No, dear. You wait here.

Excuse me, sir, please, mister...

but is this where

the circuses come from?

Yes, Missy Baba. Very hot day.


Hey, mister! You dropped this!

- Priscilla?

- Where's Missy Baba?

- Yes.

- Priscilla!

- Priscilla!

- Hey, mister, you dropped your necklace.

Hey, wait a minute.

Our rifles- Lee-Metfords.

- Where's the thieving

Pathan you got 'em from?

- Khoda Khan.

- Khoda Khan?

- Caught him, Sergeant.

Huh. Wait until the colonel

hears about this.

Take him to headquarters!

Better follow me, ma'am.

But what's a talisman used for,


It's a sort of sacred charm, dear.

Keep it, lassie,

and hang it round your neck.

Then they say no harm can befall ya.

Will harm befall him- that man Khoda Khan-

now that he hasn't got it anymore?

Oh, plenty of harm.

Don't fret your little heart.

That's a bad, bad character,

Khoda Khan.

Like the robbers in your fairy book.


Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves?

Yes. Now, no more questions,


Are there many ladies living

at the army post, Sergeant?

Not many ladies, ma'am. It's a difficult

place to live, even for a soldier.

Mr. MacDuff, is a sergeant

higher than a colonel?

Not this side of paradise.

Your grandfather's the commanding

officer of the whole caboodle here.

Is my grandfather nice?

Well, uh...

I can't say that he's exactly nice...

but, uh, he's a grand soldier...

[Clears Throat]

And I have every respect for him.

The-The men call him "Old Boots. "

- Old Boots?

- Why do they call him that?

Well, because he still sleeps in his boots

like he used to do in the old days...

when a man had to be ready

for emergencies, day or night.

- Sergeant MacDuff-

- Priscilla!

Mommy, I just want to ask

Sergeant MacDuff one more question.

How do you keep the mosquitoes

from biting your knees?

Mohammet Dihn!

Blasted parlor maid. Dihn!

Yes. Them women is here.

Fetch the luggage.

Is that Grandfather?

Mohammet Dihn! Luggage.

Come on! Luggage, luggage!



Fetch the luggage.

Will you sit down, ma'am?


And I presume you have no recollection

of riding across the parade grounds...

like a blasted maniac, on a buffalo!

- Oh, was it a buffalo?

- Bah!

I've told you before, Brandes...

your antic behavior,

your irresponsible attitude...

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Ernest Pascal

Ernest Pascal (January 11, 1896 – November 4, 1966) was an English-born American screenwriter, author, playwright, and poet. Originally an author, he became involved in the film industry when his novels began to be optioned into films during the silent era of film, although his career was mostly during the sound era. In addition, he penned several Broadway plays as well. He married the daughter of famed cartoonist George Herriman, Barbara, and they had one daughter prior to Barbara's death from complications from surgery in 1939.In 1947, Pascal was hired by RKO Pictures to write a story based on the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804. However, Warner Brothers procured the rights to the script, but when production was delayed, it was eventually permanently shelved after Paramount produced their 1955 film based on the same event entitled, The Far Horizons. more…

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