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Johanna Spyri's perennial children's favorite was retailored to the talents of Shirley Temple, resulting in one of her best vehicles. Orphaned early in the proceeding, Heidi is left in the care of her bitter, misanthropic grandfather Adolph Kramer (Jean Hersholt). It doesn't take long before the sweet little child has melted grandpa's hardened heart, and the two "outcasts" become inseparable. But things take a sinister turn when Heidi's cruel and avaricious aunt (Mady Christians) kidnaps the girl and sells her into servitude in the home of wealthy Segemann (Sidney Blackmer). Making the best of the situation, Heidi befriends Segemann's invalid daughter Klara (Marcia Mae Jones), encouraging the girl to walk unassisted for the first time in years. The grateful Segeman promises to reunite Heidi with her grandfather, but Jones's wicked governess Fraulein Rottenmeier (Mary Nash) contrives to keep the girl and her grandpa separated once more -- until the very, very last moment! Perhaps feeling that the Alpine setting of did not allow Shirley Temple full scope for her musical talents, the screenwriters contrived to include a dream sequence, wherein Heidi imagines herself to be in Holland and clogs to the tune of "In My Little Wooden Shoes." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Shirley Temple
as Heidi
Jean Hersholt
as Adolph Kramer
Arthur Treacher
as Andrew
Helen Westley
as Blind Anna
Pauline Moore
as Elsa
Thomas Beck
as Village Priest
Mary Nash
as Fraulein Rottenmeier
Sidney Blackmer, Sr.
as Herr Sesemann
Sig Rumann
as Police Captain
Marcia Mae Jones
as Klara Jesemann
Egon Brecher
as Innkeeper
Christian Rub
as Baker
George Humbert
as Organ Grinder
Greta Meyer
as Village Woman

Crew

Allan Dwan
Director
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer
Julien Josephson
Screenwriter
Walter Ferris
Screenwriter
Johanna Spyri
Book Author
Arthur C. Miller
Cinematographer
Louis Silvers
Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis Silvers
Composer (Music Score)
Lew Pollack
Songwriter
Hans Peters
Art Director
Raymond Griffith
Associate Producer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
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