“The Little Princess”
This 1939 film classic stars the iconic child star Shirley Temple. “The Little Princess” was actually Shirley Temple’s first film to be filmed in Technicolor, and is also the most expensive film she starred in to date. The production budget ran over 1 million dollars after new scenes were ordered by the production house. That’s a lot of money in 1939 (About 18 Million in 2018 dollars according to the Department of Labor’s inflation calculator).
The film is loosely based on the 1905 novel, “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It would end up being Shirley Temple’s last big hit as a child star.
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Although Temple would never go on to do many big film roles as an adult actor she still would accomplish some great feats. She retired from the big screen in 1950 at the young age of 22. She would be appointed as a diplomat for the United States in 1969 with titles consisting of United States Ambassador to Ghana, United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, and Chief of Protocol of the United States among others.