“It may have been the role Temple was born to play”
In a role that seems custom made for her, Shirley Temple stars as the spirited young heroine of the popular children's novel, giving a performance brimming with depth and infinite charm. When her aunt tires of caring for her, orphan Heidi is taken into the Swiss mountains to live with her gruff grandfather (Jean Hersholy), a curmudgeonly hermit who comes to adore her.
But the aunt returns to steal Heidi away, selling her to a family whose invalid daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) needs a companion. Bullied by an evil governess (Mary Nash), Heidi still charms the entire household and never stops trying to return to her beloved grandfather.
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