Wee Willie Winkie (film)

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Wee Willie Winkie is a 1937 American adventure drama film directed by John Ford and starring Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, and Cesar Romero. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Ernest Pascal was based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. The film's story concerns the British presence in 19th-century India. The production was filmed largely at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California, where a number of elaborate sets were built for the film. This film was the first of three in which Shirley Temple and Cesar Romero appeared together, second was Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) and The Little Princess (1939).[3]

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Wee Willie Winkie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Ford
Written byJulien Josephson
Ernest Pascal
Mordaunt Shairp (uncredited)
Based onWee Willie Winkie
1888 story in Week's News
by Rudyard Kipling
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Gene Markey
StarringShirley Temple
Victor McLaglen
C. Aubrey Smith
Cesar Romero
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Edited byWalter Thompson
Music byAlfred Newman
Distributed by20th Century-Fox
Release date
  • June 25, 1937 (1937-06-25) (Los Angeles)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budgetover $1 million[2]
Front cover of The Queenslander to publicize the film in Australia

The film is noteworthy for not having any elaborate song or dance routines which had become staples in Temple's films for 20th Century-Fox.

William S. Darling and David S. Hall were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.[4]