Carolina (1934 film)

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Janet Gaynor Lionel Barrymore Carolina.jpg
Directed byHenry King
Written byScreenplay:
Reginald Berkeley
Paul Green
StarringJanet Gaynor
Lionel Barrymore
Robert Young
Stepin Fetchit
Shirley Temple
Music byLouis De Francesco
CinematographyHal Mohr
Edited byRobert Bassler
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • February 2, 1934 (1934-02-02)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Carolina is a 1934 American romantic comedy film directed by Henry King, with a screenplay by Reginald Berkley based on the play The House of Connelly by Paul Green, and starring Janet Gaynor, Lionel Barrymore, and Robert Young. The supporting cast features Stepin Fetchit and Shirley Temple in a romanticized story about a post-Civil War family in the fading South regaining its former prestige.



Shirley Temple was too young to read so her mother taught her the lines by reading them to her. In this way, the child actress learned every line in the script. In one scene when Lionel Barrymore forgot his lines Shirley infuriated him by prompting him. Mrs. Temple hoped the film would be her daughter's big break but it was not to be. Most of Shirley's scenes and all her dialogue were cut except for a few brief moments with Gaynor and Young at film's end. Her name did not appear in the credits (Edwards 45-6).

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  • Edwards, Anne (1988), Shirley Temple: American Princess, William Morrow and Company, Inc.

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