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Was the monkey real??


I love this movie, and could watch it over and over. I'm wondering about the monkey...at times he seems like a real one, and at other times seems mechanical. I know this might seem like a dumb question, but am just wondering... :)

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Yes, the monkey is real. No animatronics were used. I know because I just watched that scene.

Oddly, in the previous movie, "Poor Little Rich Girl", Shirley's character encountered an organ grinder with a monkey.

~~MystMoonstruck~~

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Thanks! I thought it probably was. I haven't seen Poor Little Rich Girl. I'll see if Netflix has it. Two of my favorites are "Bright Eyes" and "Heidi." Shirley put her whole heart and soul into her movies...they are a treasure!! :)

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I agree with that! Shirley never walked through a role, always giving it her all~singing, dancing and acting, both dramatic and comedic. I've heard people who say they never cry at movies admit that they tear up when Heidi is calling for the Grandfather or when Sara is begging her father to recognize her in "The Little Princess". Child actors can be too "cutesy", but Shirley very rarely goes into such behavior. Last night, I watched three in a row, starting with "Poor Little Rich Girl", and it was a wonderfully relaxing, enjoyable evening. Her films certainly ARE treasures! There's never been anyone else like Shirley in the history of cinema.

~~MystMoonstruck~~

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Well said! I agree completely!! I own "The Little Princess" and "Heidi" and I wouldn't take any amount of money for them! Shirley's smile at the end of "Heidi" is worth a million dollars! My mom grew up in the depression, and she said that the Shirley Temple movies brought lots of joy and were a nice escape during those very difficult years. An evening of Shirley Temple movies is always a treat...I may watch mine tonight!! :)

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Very well said, and I agree completely! She was as genuine as they come, and her compassion for real people comes through in every one of her movies. She was focused and well prepared for every role she played. She never missed a beat! My mom grew up in the Depression, and she said that the Shirley Temple movies lifted a lot of heavy hearts during that very distressing time. Heidi is one of my favorites, and one that I own and watch often. Her smile at the very end of the movie is beautiful and heartwarming for sure!! I also have Captain January and The Little Princess. I plan to buy the entire set soon!

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I agree completely Veronika! It is a delightful movie, and I never get tired of it. I love how Heidi "wins the heart" of her grandfather, and subsequenly changes his life by her deep love for him. One of her best for sure! :)

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In the chaotic scene with the monkey in the chandelier and on the woman's back, the monkey is real, but they do edit in a few quick cuts of a dummy/stuffed monkey at those times when the monkey might have been injured by the stunt. They also briefly cut in stunt doubles for the characters who are falling and sliding on the floor. But the editing is so well done that it's hard to tell unless you freeze and single-frame-advance a recording of that scene.

If you can remember the '60s, then you weren't there.

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