Little Friend

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A film tailor-made for Pilbeam, the studio's newest child star, finds her caught between Lang and Sherwood, who are going through a messy divorce, with young Pilbeam a pawn between them. When her father has her go on the witness stand against her mother, Pilbeam is emotionally devastated and attempts suicide. This crisis is just the thing that brings her...read more

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A film tailor-made for Pilbeam, the studio's newest child star, finds her caught between Lang and Sherwood, who are going through a messy divorce, with young Pilbeam a pawn between them. When her father has her go on the witness stand against her mother, Pilbeam is emotionally devastated

and attempts suicide. This crisis is just the thing that brings her parents back together. The ending is hard to swallow, but otherwise this isn't too bad a film. Pilbeam's a natural at age 14, giving a sensitive performance as an adolescent caught in affairs beyond her comprehension. The adult

cast, largely British film regulars of the day, give just the support the girl needs. Lang is nicely restrained, trying hard not to let his feelings toward his wife affect his relationship with his daughter. Ultimately this fails, but Lang makes it believable. The director handles the material

nicely. This was a brave topic for its time and it's never melodramatic. The script was cowritten by Christopher Isherwood, whose stories of Weimar Berlin later became the basis of the evocative CABARET.

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