Poor Little Rich Girl

USA 1936. Dir: Irving Cummings. 79 min. 35mm

ALL AGES WELCOME! ► In tribute to the late, great Shirley Temple (who passed away earlier this year), we present the iconic child actor’s 1936 musical Poor Little Rich Girl, a remake of sorts of Mary Pickford’s star-vehicle from 1917. Nicknamed “Little Miss Miracle” by then-U.S. President Roosevelt, Temple was the dimple-cheeked, Depression-era powerhouse who brought joy to millions and pulled 20th Century Fox from certain bankruptcy. In director Irving Cumming’s film, she’s pint-sized Barbara Barry, the daughter of a wealthy soap mogul who winds up on the wrong side of the tracks when a trip to boarding school goes horribly awry. Good thing she’s a tap-dancing charmer. A long-loved, family favourite!


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Want to tap like Temple? Join The Rhythm Room’s Artistic Director Jennifer Bishop after the screening for a tap-dance mini-class and performance. For more on The Rhythm Room, visit www.tapdancevancouver.com.

Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and movie musical maven Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica Sales and Kidsbooks.



"As a picture, The Poor Little Rich Girl is virtually non-existent; as a display window for the ever-expanding Temple talents, it is entirely satisfying."

New York Times | full review

"One of Shirley's best films, a top musical on any terms."

Leonard Maltin | full review