Johanna Spyri's novel provided an excellent vehicle for young Shirley Temple. The public did the casting: the studio received tons of fan mail demanding her in the title role. Temple plays the Swiss orphan who is sent to live with her reclusive grandfather, Jean Hersholt, a man bitter because his son has left him. She quickly breaks through the old man's cold exterior; however, she is taken away by an evil aunt, who sells her as a servant girl. She works at the home of a wealthy man with an invalid daughter and brightens up their lives while her grandfather struggles to find her. This classic children's film, expertly directed by Allan Dwan, is wonderfully entertaining, with moppet Temple at her adorable best.