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Timothy's Quest (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 31 January 1936 (USA)
Timothy (Dickie Moore), an orphan, is sent with his sister, Gay (Sally Martin), to a farm run by Vilda Cummins (Elizabeth Patterson, an old maid with a dislike for children. Timothy ... See full summary »


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Kate Douglas Wiggin (novel), Virginia Van Upp (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Eleanore Whitney ... Martha
Tom Keene ... David Masters
Dickie Moore ... Timothy
Virginia Weidler ... Samantha Tarbox
Elizabeth Patterson ... Vilda Cummins
Sally Martin Sally Martin ... Gay
Benny Bartlett ... Jimmy (as Bennie Bartlett)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Rev. Fellows
Esther Dale ... Hitty Tarbox
J.M. Kerrigan ... Dr. Cudd
Irene Franklin ... Flossie Cudd
Jack Rube Clifford Jack Rube Clifford ... Ed (as Jack Clifford)
John Kelly ... Herb
Raymond Hatton ... Jabe Doolittle


Timothy (Dickie Moore), an orphan, is sent with his sister, Gay (Sally Martin), to a farm run by Vilda Cummins (Elizabeth Patterson, an old maid with a dislike for children. Timothy eventually wins her over, and also pushes along the romance for her niece, Martha (Eleanore Whitney), with David Masters (Tom Keene). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A warm, earthy story by the author of "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch." (Print Ad- Saratogian, ((Saratoga Springs, NY)) 3 April 1936)


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

31 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Huérfanos del destino See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Version of Timothy's Quest (1922) See more »

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A nice sweet, feel good movie that one doesn't see anymore.
30 September 2001 | by judyanntennisSee all my reviews

When I got this film, I sort of discounted it because I did not think there would be much to it (that it would be just another child's film based on a Kate Douglas Higgin children's book), but I was in for a surprise. It is the story of a little boy searching for a home, not so much for himself, but for his sister. Dickie Moore is marvelous as the little boy. It left me with an upbeat feeling, that there is still good in this world. Not many movies strive for that feeling anymore. It really should be a children's classic.

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