Little Orphan Annie (1938 film)

Little Orphan Annie is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Ben Holmes, and written by Budd Schulberg and Samuel Ornitz. It is based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. The film stars Ann Gillis, Robert Kent, June Travis, J. Farrell MacDonald, and J.M. Kerrigan. The film was released on December 2, 1938, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2][3]

Little Orphan Annie
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBen Holmes
Produced byJohn Speaks
Screenplay byBudd Schulberg
Samuel Ornitz
Story bySamuel Ornitz
Endre Bohem
Based onLittle Orphan Annie
by Harold Gray
StarringAnn Gillis
Robert Kent
June Travis
J. Farrell MacDonald
J.M. Kerrigan
Music byGeorge Bassman
Louis Forbes
Joseph Nussbaum
CinematographyFrank Redman
Edited byRobert Bischoff
Colonial Pictures Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 2, 1938 (1938-12-02)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States


Annie (Ann Gillis), an orphan (based on Harold Gray's comic strip), is befriended by a fight manager, "Pop" Corrigan (J. Farrell MacDonald). She brings him Johnny Adams (Robert Kent), a promising prizefighter. Annie gets the people of the neighborhood to finance his training. But on the night of Johnny's big fight, a gambling syndicate locks him in a gymnasium, and it appears the neighborhood folks will lose their investment.



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