Movie Fact #769 – June 1st, 2015:

Forget what people say. People not only can change for the better…they may do stuff emotional enough to be worthy of a film. It would be perfect for director John Ford after his change of heart towards lead actress and popular child star Shirley Temple on-set of his 1937 film “Wee Willie Winkie”.

Ford was notorious for his distaste of working with child stars. He was only drawn to this movie for its large budget and strong supporting cast, including Ford favorite Victor McLaglen who played the lead character Sergeant Donald MacDuff. Initially indifferent towards Temple, who played lead character Priscilla ‘Winkie’ Williams, Ford’s demeanor changed after the famous death scene of Sgt. MacDuff, as he was pleased with the restraint shown in her performance.

Wouldn’t you know it, Temple and Ford remained friends for many years after this movie was finished and Ford was later named the godfather of Temple’s oldest daughter. So for all the cynics out there I write this with pride…people can be better and can change for the better.

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