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The Little Minister (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 28 December 1934 (USA)
In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

J.M. Barrie (by) (as Sir James M. Barrie), Jane Murfin (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Babbie
John Beal ... Gavin
Alan Hale ... Rob Dow
Donald Crisp ... Doctor McQueen
Lumsden Hare ... Tammas Whammond
Andy Clyde ... Wearyworld The Policeman
Beryl Mercer ... Margaret
Billy Watson Billy Watson ... Micah
Dorothy Stickney ... Jean
Mary Gordon ... Nanny
Frank Conroy ... Lord Rintoul
Eily Malyon ... Evalina
Reginald Denny ... Captain Halliwell
Leonard Carey ... Hendry Munn
Herbert Bunston ... Mr. Carfrae
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Storyline

In rural 1840's Scotland, Gavin Dishart arrives to become the new "little minister" of Thrums's Auld Licht church. He meets a mysterious young gypsy girl in the dens and to his horror Babbie draws him into her escape from the soldiers after she incites a Luddite riot. But unknown to Gavin, Babbie is more than she seems. And they must overcome her secret, the villagers' fears of her, and worst of all, Gavin's devotion to his mother's sensibilities, before they can openly declare their love. Written by Kathy Li

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Taglines:

Babble, the whole world's gypsy sweetheart, lives again to fire the blood of man, woman and child! (Print Ad- San Jose News, ((San Jose, Calif.)) 27 March 1935)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Minister See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City on 27 September 1897 with Maude Adams as "Babbie." There were three Broadway revivals, the last in 1925. See more »

Connections

Version of The Little Minister (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Thro' the Rye
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Traditional Scottish music
In the score during the first scene
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An historical vision, possibly now beyond our ken!
31 August 2013 | by HillstreetBunzSee all my reviews

I have watched this movie twice in the last year, after the BBC unearthed it from some long forgotten vault. There's no question that it seems an oddity, archaic in style, tone and subject matter. But if the viewer can overcome these barriers, and in my case the poor sound quality of the version the BBC showed, it's an involving tale with engaging central performances from the principles (and pretty reasonable Scottish accents too) and fine support from stalwarts such as Alan Hale and Donald Crisp who became well known faces over the next 40 years. What also interests, is that the period the movie was made is now over 3/4 of a century ago, and we see the earlier period of the story (1840's) through the prism of the sensibilities of that era (1930's) a similar distance from our own times. The view of the relationships, between men and women, between people of faith and the church, between individuals and the community identity they are a part of, at first they seemed to be so alien, and then I saw that these are still areas of tension in society, perhaps for ever, and in seeing that, I felt lucky to get a glimpse into history, to two pasts. This is something the 20th century and the invention of cinema are giving us for the first time in human history.


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