Johanna Spyri's novel provided an excellent vehicle for young Shirley Temple. The public did the casting: the studio received tons of fan mail demanding her in the title role. Temple plays the Swiss orphan who is sent to live with her reclusive grandfather, Jean Hersholt, a man bitter
because his son has left him. She quickly breaks through the old man's cold exterior; however, she is taken away by an evil aunt, who sells her as a servant girl. She works at the home of a wealthy man with an invalid daughter and brightens up their lives while her grandfather struggles to find
her. This classic children's film, expertly directed by Allan Dwan, is wonderfully entertai...