Children Should Be Seen And Not Heard
I just watched this movie this past week, for the first time. I'm not a Shirley Temple fan, I just wanted to watching something light and different.
Now I am familiar with the story of Heidi, so I could see the alterations here when I had watched all of it.
Even tho the story of Heidi didn't take place in 1937, I do suspect her behavior was definitely going against how it was perceived that children should behave even for that time; you should be seen and not heard.
Order and discipline must be maintained.
Now I can guess that the governess was a bit overboard with her behavior and as you watch the movie, you will wonder if Temple will win her over as she does everyone else.
And yes, Grandfather was knocking on doors and then broke out of jail, so that did make him something of a wanted felon, but the little girl was crying that she belonged with the crazy old man, not the spinster.
Why on earth would the silly policeman believe the old biddy over the crying little girl?
He was actually going to make the girl go with the old crone.
The governess wanted to punish the other girl by taking Heidi away from her; well, grandfather should have been the perfect out for her. They would be seperated.
Oh, she wanted to punish Heidi too?
Woman, get a life and leave these kids alone.
Still, it was an astonishing statement on how far we have come (bearing in mind that a 14-year-old victim had escaped from killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the police returned him to Dahmer, who later killed the poor kid) that the child just wasnt going to be listened to until she finally dropped the respected citizen's name.