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The Little Princess (1939)

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Added by Donald Rock in Drama 1930s


Shirley Temple stars in this heart warming tale of a young girl whose life takes a hard turn when her father becomes missing in action during a war in Africa. Even while her situation seems hopeless, she refuses to give-up.

  • Starring Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, and Anita Louise.
  • Directed by Walter Lang.
  • Based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • Screen play written by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris.
  • Music directed by Louis Silvers.

I could not locate a copyright/release date for this movie in either the opening or closing credits. It’s probably there but it’s hard to see. Nevertheless, a formal copyright listing was found in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Cumulative Series, for Motion Pictures, 1912-1939.

In 1967 (or thereabouts) The Little Princess would need its copyright renewed yet none was found. The Catalog for Copyright Entries, Cumulative Series, for Motion Pictures, 1960-1969 shows no formal entry. Therefore, I believe that this movie is in the public domain for failing to renew the copyright.

Additionally, this movie is listed on as being public domain without restrictions.

Please contact me if I am incorrect in showing this movie as public domain.

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