Little Miss Roughneck


1h 4m 1938

Brief Synopsis

A talented 10-year-old singing prodigy, Foxine LaRue (Edith Fellows), who is only slightly less artificial and theatrical than her name, is pushed into vaudeville by her stage-mother mama, Gert LaRue (Margaret Irving), who is even more artificial and theatrical than her name. Foxine's pretty and older sister, Mary LaRue (Julie Bishop as Jacqueline Wells) makes sacrifices to support the trio. Al Partridge (Scott Kolk as Scott Colton), a hollywood agent becomes interested in Mary and takes the family trio to Hollywood in the hopes of Foxine getting into the movies. After several incidents by the rowdy Foxine on the train, and later at International Studios, Foxine is further from being in the movies than she was in New York. Gert decides that a "hoax" kidnapping is just the ticket to get Foxine the publicity to land a studio contract. That night Foxine dresses as a boy, disarranges her room, leaves a "ransom note" and hops a freight train. The police arrive the next morning and hear Mary accuse Al and Gert of staging the kidnapping, and they are arrested. Foxine leaves the train several hundred miles away and takes shelter with the good-natured Pascual Orozco (Leo Carrillo) and his family. The arrested pair are released when the police receive another ransom note (sent by Foxine.)

Film Details

Also Known As
Wonder Child
Release Date
Feb 23, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Ten-year-old Foxine LaRue is being groomed for the vaudeville stage by her mother Gertrude, while her older sister, Mary, makes many personal sacrifices to support the family. During one of Foxine's performances, Hollywood agent Al Partridge takes an interest in Mary, and later goes backstage seeking an introduction to her. When Al learns that Foxine is Mary's sister, he immediately feigns interest in the child star in order to get closer to Mary, and sees his chance with her in having the whole family join him on a train ride to Hollywood. Soon after arriving at the International Studios in Hollywood, Foxine gets herself into trouble and is ejected from one studio lot after another. Hoping to generate some much-needed publicity for her daughter, Gertrude concocts a plan in which Foxine is to be the victim of a fake kidnapping. After leaving evidence in her room to suggest a struggle, Foxine, dressed in boys' clothes, mails a ransom note and steals away on a freight train. The next day, as police scour the area looking for Foxine, Mary accuses her mother and Al of staging the kidnapping, and the police overhear her. While Al and Gertrude are arrested for the hoax, Foxine meets a Mexican man named Pascual Orozco, who takes her into his family. Gertrude and Al are later released when the police mysteriously receive a second ransom note. Realizing that he cannot keep her, Pascual drives Foxine to the orphanage she said she was from, but the girl manages to escape en route by stealing his car. Police soon capture Foxine, and later arrest Pascual when they find him mailing a letter that the girl had given him, not realizing that it is a ransom note. Al, Mary and Gertrude all arrive at the jail to take Foxine home, but Foxine refuses to go until they stop a lynch mob from storming the jail and attacking Pascual, who has been accused of the kidnapping. Although Foxine confesses her hoax to the crowd, her fans forgive her and she soon appears in her first film.

Film Details

Also Known As
Wonder Child
Release Date
Feb 23, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was Wonder Child.