Little Miss Nobody (1936)

65 or 72 mins | Comedy-drama | 12 June 1936

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was originally Public Nuisance No. 1 before a particular subject had been chosen for Jane Withers; when the short story was obtained, the working title became The Matron's Report , and Public Nuisance No. 1 became reserved as the title for the next Withers picture. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Frances Hyland wrote a treatment for this film in Nov 1934. It is not known whether material from that treatment was used in the finished film. Paul Stanton is listed as a cast member in HR production charts, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1929, Fox produced a film based on the same source entitled Blue Skies , directed by Alfred Werker and starring Helen Twelvetrees and Frank Albertson (See ... More Less

The working title of this film was originally Public Nuisance No. 1 before a particular subject had been chosen for Jane Withers; when the short story was obtained, the working title became The Matron's Report , and Public Nuisance No. 1 became reserved as the title for the next Withers picture. According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Frances Hyland wrote a treatment for this film in Nov 1934. It is not known whether material from that treatment was used in the finished film. Paul Stanton is listed as a cast member in HR production charts, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1929, Fox produced a film based on the same source entitled Blue Skies , directed by Alfred Werker and starring Helen Twelvetrees and Frank Albertson (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
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Box Office
4 Apr 36.
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Daily Variety
7 Feb 36
p. 8.
Daily Variety
21 Mar 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Mar 36
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 36
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 36
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 36
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
14 Nov 35.
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Motion Picture Daily
23 Mar 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Mar 36
p. 34.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Mar 36
p. 40.
New York Times
6 Jun 36
p. 21.
Variety
10 Jun 36
p. 18.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Matron's Report" by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar 1928).
SONGS
"Then Came the Indians," music by Jack Stern and Henry M. Tobias, lyrics by Harry Tobias and Sidney Clare.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Matron's Report
Public Nuisance No. 1
Release Date:
12 June 1936
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 5 June 1936
Production Date:
13 January--11 February 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 June 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6663
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65 or 72
Length(in feet):
6,574 , 6,620
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1979
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Judy Devlin, a mischievous girl in the Sunshine Foundling Home, gets the best of grocer Harold Slade and his son Herman. After everyone enjoys a Thanksgiving meal with turkeys Judy stole from Slade, Mrs. Sybil Smythe and her son Junior look over the little orphan girls to adopt a sister and playmate for Junior. He makes nasty comments about all the girls until he sees Mary Dorsey, whom he insists on having his mother adopt despite her dislike of him. Judy and Mary are friends who have pledged to be adopted together. To discourage Junior, Judy starts a fire drill and turns the water hose on him. Hiding afterwards in the cellar, Judy finds the boxes containing the clothing in which the orphans were originally found, including her own. Later, Mrs. Martha Bradley, patroness of the home, threatens Judy with reform school if she does not behave. While Judy is cleaning the office, Mr. Gerald Dexter, district attorney for Springfield, arrives. Ten years ago, his pregnant wife left him after he prosecuted a relative of hers. He shows a crest that the infant born to his wife may have worn on her clothing, and Judy recognizes it as the same as the one on her outfit in the cellar. As she is about to explain, Mary calls her, and Judy goes to switch the clothing to save Mary from the Smythes. Everyone thinks that Judy was trying to make them believe she was Dexter's daughter, and she accepts the blame, sacrificing herself for Mary. Judy is sentenced to two years in reform school, but she escapes on the way there. When ... +


Judy Devlin, a mischievous girl in the Sunshine Foundling Home, gets the best of grocer Harold Slade and his son Herman. After everyone enjoys a Thanksgiving meal with turkeys Judy stole from Slade, Mrs. Sybil Smythe and her son Junior look over the little orphan girls to adopt a sister and playmate for Junior. He makes nasty comments about all the girls until he sees Mary Dorsey, whom he insists on having his mother adopt despite her dislike of him. Judy and Mary are friends who have pledged to be adopted together. To discourage Junior, Judy starts a fire drill and turns the water hose on him. Hiding afterwards in the cellar, Judy finds the boxes containing the clothing in which the orphans were originally found, including her own. Later, Mrs. Martha Bradley, patroness of the home, threatens Judy with reform school if she does not behave. While Judy is cleaning the office, Mr. Gerald Dexter, district attorney for Springfield, arrives. Ten years ago, his pregnant wife left him after he prosecuted a relative of hers. He shows a crest that the infant born to his wife may have worn on her clothing, and Judy recognizes it as the same as the one on her outfit in the cellar. As she is about to explain, Mary calls her, and Judy goes to switch the clothing to save Mary from the Smythes. Everyone thinks that Judy was trying to make them believe she was Dexter's daughter, and she accepts the blame, sacrificing herself for Mary. Judy is sentenced to two years in reform school, but she escapes on the way there. When she is hit by a bicycle and a policeman insists on accompanying her home, she leads him to a pet shop whose owner she calls her uncle. The proprietor is John Russell, who avoided a prison sentence, and he listens sympathetically to Judy's story. Criminal Dutch Miller knows that John was a bank robber named Phil Ormsbey back in Kansas. Seeking a hideout, Dutch moves in on the happy John and Judy. Judy goes to the Dexter estate to see Mary and promises to return the next evening when her father will be away. Learning of this, Dutch knocks out John and drives Judy to the house, which he attempts to rob. The girls discover him, and John, arriving in time to stop Dutch, shoots him in a struggle. John then goes on the lam, and although Judy refuses to talk, John is caught. Examining the duplicate records on Judy's case, Dexter sees a notation about the crest found on her clothing when she was a baby. He realizes what has happened, and father and daughter are reunited. +

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