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The Little Minister Details


Based on the novel and play by James M. Barrie, The Little Minister turned out to be Katharine Hepburn's best vehicle since Katharine Hepburn. John Beal plays the Reverend Gavin, the sobersided new cleric of a tiny Scottish village. Almost against his better judgment, Beal falls in love with Babbie (Hepburn), a feisty gypsy girl whom the villagers regard as a pariah. Thanks to this "unholy" alliance, the little minister is nearly run out of town, but when he is accidentally stabbed in a fracas, the townsfolk come to their senses. Previously filmed in 1921, The Little Minister was afforded sumptuous production values by RKO Radio (its elaborate Scottish-village set would later pop up in innumerable films, notably Laurel & Hardy's Hardy), and benefits immeasurably from the spirited performances of all concerned. Alas, the film was too expensive to post a profit, and despite respectable business it ended up $9000 in the red. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Katharine Hepburn
as Babbie
John Beal
as Gavin
Alan Hale
as Rob Dow
Donald Crisp
as Dr. McQueen
Lumsden Hare
as Thammas
Andy Clyde
as Wearyworld
Beryl Mercer
as Margaret
Dorothy Stickney
as Jean
Mary Gordon
as Nanny
Frank Conroy
as Lord Rintoul
Eily Malyon
as Evalina
Reginald Denny
as Capt. Halliwell
Leonard Carey
as Munn
Herbert Bunston
as Carfrae
Barlowe Borland
as Snecky
May Beatty
as Maid
Byron Foulger
May Beatty
as Maid


Richard Wallace
Pandro S. Berman
Jane Murfin
Mortimer Offner
Victor Heerman
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Vernon Walker
Special Effects
Mel Burns