Heidi is for classic film aficionados and Shirley Temple fans, when Shirley was in her youthful heyday at the movies. It’s a pleasant, lovely film.
Based on the Johann Spyri children’s book, published in the late 1800’s, the story of Heidi has since been adapted for television and the movie screen many times.
In ten minutes I was hooked in to this sweet movie. Heidi’s Grandfather Adolph (Jean Hersholt) is huddled away in the snowy Swiss Alps. He looks after Heidi (Shirley Temple) when her parents die and the silent and detached man becomes fond of her. Their friendship grows warmly.
Despite Adolph having had a chip on his shoulder, against people and God, his faith in God and others comes back to life.
As the story goes, Heidi really wants to be with Adolph, but is moved around by others. Upset by Heidi’s departure from the Alps, Adolph walks to Frankfurt to bring her back.
At Frankfurt, she becomes friends with a wheelchair-bound invalid, who is the daughter of a wealthy widower, and Heidi brings much life and joy into her life.
Adolph making it to Frankfurt is time bound, but works in making the viewer even more eager to find out what will happen next.
Some of the plot is neatly sown together, but complications arise also. This movie is most of all warm-hearted and uplifting.
Heidi, Director: Allan Dwan, Genre: Family drama, Year: 1937, Overall rating: 8/10