Tuesday, February 11, 2014

02/11: The Little Princess

It was announced today that Shirley Temple Black passed away at age 85. Even though she lived a long life, the world still mourned the loss of arguably the world's greatest child actor. After all, when you hear about past child stars, its usually something negative. Not in the case of Shirley Temple, who starred in numerous movies in the 1930s. After her run on fame, she later lived a quiet life, but she pursued other opportunites, including serving her country as a U.S. Ambassador. She had rarely made public appearances, occasionally at awards shows.

The Little Princess was arguably the last movie that was successful for Temple. But it still was a hit and for those who were able to watch it on the small screen some years later, it was no different than her previous efforts as they retained the cuteness factor. The story was about a little girl's father who marched off to war and left Sara (Temple) at an all-girls school. She adjusts to the school but she gets aggravated from her duties. In addition, Sara gets news that her father has died, but she is unconvinced as she sneaks off to military/veterans hospitals.

It has been several years since I've watched plenty of Temple's filmography. We used to rent her movies in the late 80s/early 90s as my mother tried to re-live her childhood. I watched this one nearly a few years ago, as this one is still fresh in my memory. I'm sure Turner Classic Movies will have an all-day tribute to her pretty soon. I definitely recommend putting this one on, as it is one of her classics. To some, it is about the message of hope.

My rating: 7 out of 10

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