Allan Dwan re-teams with Shirley Temple in this adaptation of the children's classic, which shares nothing with the well-known story except its title. After a nationwide search to find a Little Miss Universe, cereal mogul Cyrus Bartlett (Paul Harvey) hears the voice of an eight-year-old girl, Rebecca Winstead (Shirley Temple), and tells ad executive Tony Kent (Randolph Scott) that she's the girl he wants. But when the announcer mistakenly tells the girl that her audition is over, Rebecca's stepfather Henry Kipper (William Demarest), leaves the studio with her. Since they've just been evicted from their hotel, he leaves her with her Aunt Miranda (Helen Westley) at Sunnybrook Farm. Realizing the mistake, Tony goes into a tailspin. While in the country, Rebecca bumps into Tony, who has never seen her, and happens to own the adjoining property. Tony's announcer soon arrives, telling him that he's been unable to find the girl with the voice. But when Tony happens to be talking on the phone to Bartlett while Rebecca is singing in the background, they realize they've found their 'Little Miss Universe'. Temple is at her energetic best in this wholesomely entertaining film, which features a fine supporting cast, including Gloria Stuart of TITANIC fame.
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Theatrical release date: March 18, 1938.
The National Confectioners Association sued Twentieth Century Fox for libel due to a scene in the in which her cousin decides to feed Rebecca instead of giving her a candy bar.