Little Princess

Theatrical Release: June 15, 1939
DVD Release: February 10, 2015
Little Princess


This is the charming story of a sweet-natured child who cannot believe the report that her missing father is dead. Left in a prestigious boarding school while her wealthy father fights in the Boer War, Shirley Temple is treated like a princess. But as news of his disappearance spreads and the funds for her expensive schooling dry up, Shirley is mistreated and forced to work in the kitchen.
As the months pass, Shirley maintains a daily vigil at the army hospital to search for her father among the wounded. There, she brings new hope to the patients with her irresistible high spirits and marvelous singing. Queen Victoria’s miraculous visit brings about a tear-filled but happy ending.

Dove Review

This is one of my all-time favorite films with Shirley Temple. Although her films came out before I was born, her charming talent was always fun to watch and enjoy. As stated in the synopsis, “The Little Princess” is about a little girl who never gives up hope of her father’s return from war.

It is a wonderful classic that is entertaining for the young and old alike. For many generations, this film’s music, dance and historical setting have endeared people to Shirley Temple. The little girl with the lovely curls, dimple, sweet personality and musical rhythm will always be a wholesome family favorite.

We award the Dove Family Approved Seal for all ages to “The Little Princess.”

Content Description

Sex: Couple kisses
Language: A.s-1
Violence: The loss of men in a war
Drugs: A hospital scene
Nudity: None
Other: Rudeness to a child and others


Company: Legend Films
Director: Walter Lang
Genre: Classic
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe