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The working title of this film was Wonder Child ... More Less

The working title of this film was Wonder Child . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Apr 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Jul 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
5 Apr 38
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Dec 38
p. 38.
Variety
9 Mar 38
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
SONGS
by Ben Oakland and Milton Drake.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Wonder Child
Release Date:
23 February 1938
Production Date:
18 October--12 November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
14 February 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7812
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3860
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ten-year-old Foxine LaRue is being groomed for the vaudeville stage by her mother Gertrude, while her older sister, Mary, makes many personal sacrifices to support the family. During one of Foxine's performances, Hollywood agent Al Partridge takes an interest in Mary, and later goes backstage seeking an introduction to her. When Al learns that Foxine is Mary's sister, he immediately feigns interest in the child star in order to get closer to Mary, and sees his chance with her in having the whole family join him on a train ride to Hollywood. Soon after arriving at the International Studios in Hollywood, Foxine gets herself into trouble and is ejected from one studio lot after another. Hoping to generate some much-needed publicity for her daughter, Gertrude concocts a plan in which Foxine is to be the victim of a fake kidnapping. After leaving evidence in her room to suggest a struggle, Foxine, dressed in boys' clothes, mails a ransom note and steals away on a freight train. The next day, as police scour the area looking for Foxine, Mary accuses her mother and Al of staging the kidnapping, and the police overhear her. While Al and Gertrude are arrested for the hoax, Foxine meets a Mexican man named Pascual Orozco, who takes her into his family. Gertrude and Al are later released when the police mysteriously receive a second ransom note. Realizing that he cannot keep her, Pascual drives Foxine to the orphanage she said she was from, but the girl manages to escape en route by stealing his car. Police soon capture Foxine, and later arrest Pascual when they find him ... +


Ten-year-old Foxine LaRue is being groomed for the vaudeville stage by her mother Gertrude, while her older sister, Mary, makes many personal sacrifices to support the family. During one of Foxine's performances, Hollywood agent Al Partridge takes an interest in Mary, and later goes backstage seeking an introduction to her. When Al learns that Foxine is Mary's sister, he immediately feigns interest in the child star in order to get closer to Mary, and sees his chance with her in having the whole family join him on a train ride to Hollywood. Soon after arriving at the International Studios in Hollywood, Foxine gets herself into trouble and is ejected from one studio lot after another. Hoping to generate some much-needed publicity for her daughter, Gertrude concocts a plan in which Foxine is to be the victim of a fake kidnapping. After leaving evidence in her room to suggest a struggle, Foxine, dressed in boys' clothes, mails a ransom note and steals away on a freight train. The next day, as police scour the area looking for Foxine, Mary accuses her mother and Al of staging the kidnapping, and the police overhear her. While Al and Gertrude are arrested for the hoax, Foxine meets a Mexican man named Pascual Orozco, who takes her into his family. Gertrude and Al are later released when the police mysteriously receive a second ransom note. Realizing that he cannot keep her, Pascual drives Foxine to the orphanage she said she was from, but the girl manages to escape en route by stealing his car. Police soon capture Foxine, and later arrest Pascual when they find him mailing a letter that the girl had given him, not realizing that it is a ransom note. Al, Mary and Gertrude all arrive at the jail to take Foxine home, but Foxine refuses to go until they stop a lynch mob from storming the jail and attacking Pascual, who has been accused of the kidnapping. Although Foxine confesses her hoax to the crowd, her fans forgive her and she soon appears in her first film. +

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