Our Little Girl (1935)

63-65 mins | Drama | 17 May 1935

Producer:

Edward Butcher

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Production Designer:

William Darling

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Heaven's Gate . According to DV news items, during retakes after principal shooting was completed, J. Farrell MacDonald reshot scenes previously filmed with Warren Hymer and Fox borrowed cameraman Henry Sharp from Paramount because John Seitz was tied up with the production of Redheads on Parade (see below). According to an HR news item, James Dunn was originally scheduled for the male lead, but McCrea replaced him because Dunn was tied up with George White's 1935 Scandals (see above). Production charts list Doris Nolan and Herbert Mundin in the cast; Mundin was not in the final film, while Nolan's participation has not been verified. According to a review, Poodles Hanneford was a noted equestrian comedian, and Gus Van was a famous vaudeville and musical comedy headliner. John Robertson was loaned from RKO, and Lyle Talbot was loaned from Warner ... More Less

The working title of this film was Heaven's Gate . According to DV news items, during retakes after principal shooting was completed, J. Farrell MacDonald reshot scenes previously filmed with Warren Hymer and Fox borrowed cameraman Henry Sharp from Paramount because John Seitz was tied up with the production of Redheads on Parade (see below). According to an HR news item, James Dunn was originally scheduled for the male lead, but McCrea replaced him because Dunn was tied up with George White's 1935 Scandals (see above). Production charts list Doris Nolan and Herbert Mundin in the cast; Mundin was not in the final film, while Nolan's participation has not been verified. According to a review, Poodles Hanneford was a noted equestrian comedian, and Gus Van was a famous vaudeville and musical comedy headliner. John Robertson was loaned from RKO, and Lyle Talbot was loaned from Warner Bros. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1-Jun-35
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Daily Variety
23 Mar 35
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Apr 35
p. 7.
Daily Variety
13 Apr 35
p. 3.
Daily Variety
17 May 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Feb 35
p. 12.
Film Daily
14 Mar 35
p. 6.
Film Daily
7 Jun 35
p. 10.
HF
16 Feb 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 34
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jan 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 35
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 35
p. 2, 10
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 35
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 May 35
p. 15.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Jun 35
p. 78.
MPSI
1 May 35
p. 11.
New York Times
7 Jun 35
p. 24.
Variety
12 Jun 35
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cameraman for added scenes
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Boom man
PRODUCTION MISC
Set lighting foreman
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Heaven's Gate" by Florence Leighton Pfalzgraf in Good Housekeeping (Aug 1934).
SONGS
"Our Little Girl," words by Paul Francis Webster, music by Lew Pollack.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Heaven's Gate
Release Date:
17 May 1935
Production Date:
11 February--23 March 1935
retakes and added scenes: April 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 May 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5603
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63-65
Length(in feet):
5,594
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
834
SYNOPSIS

Dr. Donald Middleton, a small-town physician whose dream of studying abroad has been stifled since his marriage and the birth of a daughter, hopes that the experiments he conducts with his nurse Sarah Boynton will win a Guggenheim Fellowship that will allow him to fulfill his dream. His love for his wife Elsa and daughter Molly is also very strong, however, and when, in the midst of an experiment, they ask him not to postpone their "Heaven's Gate" picnic, a semi-annual woodland outing commemorating the time and place that Don and Elsa met, Don relents despite Boynton's dissatisfaction. At Heaven's Gate, as Molly sleeps after a dip in the stream, Elsa hints that she is bored as a housewife and would like to resume duties as Don's assistant now that Molly is older. Oblivious to Elsa's distress, Don says that he could not do without Boynton. After their picnic, they encounter Rolfe Brent, a wealthy playboy just returned from Europe, and Don encourages Elsa to go riding with him. When Don plans to go to New York after receiving promising results from his experiment, Elsa wants to go with him, but he talks her out of it. Upon his return, they go to dinner at Brent's, but the evening is interrupted when Boynton summons Don for an emergency. After Don leaves, Brent confesses his strong feelings for Elsa, who says that she is also very fond of him, but that she has no intention of getting involved with him. Upon returning home, Don overhears Elsa thank Brent for a perfect evening and rebukes her. Subsequent tension between her parents leads Molly to ask Amy, ... +


Dr. Donald Middleton, a small-town physician whose dream of studying abroad has been stifled since his marriage and the birth of a daughter, hopes that the experiments he conducts with his nurse Sarah Boynton will win a Guggenheim Fellowship that will allow him to fulfill his dream. His love for his wife Elsa and daughter Molly is also very strong, however, and when, in the midst of an experiment, they ask him not to postpone their "Heaven's Gate" picnic, a semi-annual woodland outing commemorating the time and place that Don and Elsa met, Don relents despite Boynton's dissatisfaction. At Heaven's Gate, as Molly sleeps after a dip in the stream, Elsa hints that she is bored as a housewife and would like to resume duties as Don's assistant now that Molly is older. Oblivious to Elsa's distress, Don says that he could not do without Boynton. After their picnic, they encounter Rolfe Brent, a wealthy playboy just returned from Europe, and Don encourages Elsa to go riding with him. When Don plans to go to New York after receiving promising results from his experiment, Elsa wants to go with him, but he talks her out of it. Upon his return, they go to dinner at Brent's, but the evening is interrupted when Boynton summons Don for an emergency. After Don leaves, Brent confesses his strong feelings for Elsa, who says that she is also very fond of him, but that she has no intention of getting involved with him. Upon returning home, Don overhears Elsa thank Brent for a perfect evening and rebukes her. Subsequent tension between her parents leads Molly to ask Amy, their maid, why things are not as they used to be, and Amy expresses her wish that Brent and Boynton would leave them alone. Molly then tells Brent that the family wishes he would go away and never come back. Taken aback, Brent tells Elsa that he is leaving town, but he remains after Molly confesses to Elsa what she did. When the fellowship arrives, Don, dejected, tells Boynton that he is no longer interested and is surprised when she confesses that she loves him. As the September Saturday at Heaven's Gate approaches, Elsa breaks the news to Molly that she plans to leave for awhile, divorce Don, and then return to marry Brent and have Molly live with them. After Don drives up, Molly cries in his arms. On Saturday, Don takes Molly to the circus, but Boynton arrives with an urgent message from the hospital, and he leaves Molly in her care. Molly slips away and returns home, where she overhears Brent tell Elsa, who is hesitant about leaving, that she could be happy if it were not for Molly. With Sniffy, her dog, Molly runs away, planning first to visit Heaven's Gate. On the road she meets a tramp, and as she tells him her story, a man drives by and recognizes her. The man goes to the police, who hurry with Don to find her. Meanwhile, Brent tells Boynton that he now realizes that Don and Elsa love each other, and Boynton decides to be a good loser. When the police locate the tramp, he tells Don that Molly has gone to Heaven's Gate and explains that he once had a girl, but lost her and has since been wandering trying to forget her. Don finds Molly swimming at Heaven's Gate. Their reunion is made complete when Elsa appears and the family is reunited. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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