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The Little Minister 1934

November 16, 2011

The Little Minister was Katharine Hepburn‘s 6th film. It is based off of the book & play by J.M. Barrie. This was the first film Kate did after returning to RKO after the flop of “The Lake” that she was doing on Broadway. The film was well received but lost $9,000 at the box office.
The story takes place in rural 1840 Scotland. Gavin Dishart (John Beal), whom is referred to as the Little Minister, is welcomed to the village to take over the church. He stands up to the town drunk and earns the respect of his congregation. He meets Babbie (Hepburn), a local gypsy girl or so he thinks. She has the whole village fooled but she is actually betrothed to an aristocrat whom she dosen’t love. Babbie ropes the “Little Minister” into her schemes and they fall hopelessly in love much to the horror and dismay of his congregation. Gavin’s position as the minister is threatened until Babbie’s idenity is revealed.
This is a great film and a beautiful love story. I would highly recommend it to all. It is one of Kate’s better films from her early days. The film was released on DVD through the Warner Archive Collection.

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