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Directed by  Richard Wallace
Starring  Katharine Hepburn
Cinematography  Henry W. Gerrard
Director  Richard Wallace
Story by  J. M. Barrie
6.4/10 IMDb

Produced by  Pandro S. Berman
Music by  Max Steiner
Initial release  1934
Box office  1.104 million USD
Budget  648,000 USD
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Written by  Jane Murfin Sarah Y. Mason Victor Heerman Based on the novel and play by J. M. Barrie
Cast  Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, Alan Hale Sr, Donald Crisp, Andy Clyde
Similar  Story by J M Barrie, Katharine Hepburn movies, Romance movies

The Little Minister is a 1934 American drama film starring Katharine Hepburn and directed by Richard Wallace. The screenplay by Jane Murfin, Sarah Y. Mason, and Victor Heerman is based on the 1891 novel and subsequent 1897 play of the same title by J. M. Barrie. The picture was the fifth feature film adaptation of the works, following four silent film versions. The original novel was the third of the three "Thrums" novels (a town based on his home of Kirriemuir), which first brought Barrie to fame.

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Plot

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Set in rural 1840s Scotland, the plot focuses on labor and class issues while telling the story of Gavin Dishart, a staid cleric newly assigned to Thrums' Auld Licht church, and Babbie, a member of the nobility who disguises herself as a gypsy girl in order to interact freely with the local villagers and protect them from her guardian, Lord Rintoul, who wants to keep them under his control. Initially the conservative Dishart is appalled by the feisty girl, but he soon comes to appreciate her inner goodness. Their romantic liaison scandalizes the townspeople, and the minister's position is jeopardized until Dishart's heroism stuns and transforms the hearts of the local villagers.

Cast

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  • Katharine Hepburn as Babbie
  • John Beal as. Reverend Gavin Dishart
  • Alan Hale as Rob Dow
  • Donald Crisp as Doctor McQueen
  • Lumsden Hare as Tammas Whammond
  • Andy Clyde as Wearyworld
  • Beryl Mercer as Mrs. Margaret Dishart
  • Billy Watson as Micah Dow
  • Dorothy Stickney as Jean Proctor
  • Mary Gordon as Nanny Webster
  • Frank Conroy as Lord Milford Rintoul
  • Eily Malyon as Lady Evalina Rintoul
  • Reginald Denny as Captain Halliwell
  • Production

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    Katharine Hepburn initially rejected the role of Babbie, then reconsidered, against the advice of her agent Leland Hayward, when Margaret Sullavan was offered the role. The film was budgeted at $650,000, which at the time was considered a high amount, and much of it was spent on exterior shooting in California's Sherwood Forest and Laurel Canyon and on the elaborate village set constructed on RKO Forty Acres back lot. (It later was used in a number of films, including Laurel and Hardy's Bonnie Scotland). It was RKO's most expensive film of the year and the most expensive film in which Hepburn had appeared.

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    The soundtrack includes the traditional Scottish tunes "The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond," "Comin' Thro' the Rye," and "House of Argyle." The 3-CD set Max Steiner: The RKO Years 1929-1936 includes ten tracks of incidental music Steiner composed for the film.

    The film held its world premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

    Reception

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    In his review in The New York Times, Andre Sennwald described the film as "a tender and lovingly arranged screen edition of Sir James's rueful little Scottish romance . . . in its mild-mannered and sober way, The Little Minister proves to be a photoplay of genuine charm." The film was popular but its high cost meant it recorded a loss of $9,000 and contributed to Hepburn's reputation as "box office poison."

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    References

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