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Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested. A Yankee takes pity and sets up an escape. Everyone is captured and the ... See full summary »
The play "The Littlest Rebel" opened in New York at the Liberty Theater on November 14, 1911, and closed in January 1912 after 55 performances. The opening night cast included William Farnum as Mr. Cary and Mary Miles Minter as Virgie Cary.
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary:
Daddy, you told a fib.
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': Well, this is war, honey.
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: Why isn't it a sin to tell a fib in war?
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': I don't know why it isn't a sin to do anything we do in war.
Virginia 'Virgie' Cary: What's the Seventy-Second Vermont?
Capt. Herbert Cary, aka 'Master Cary': That's a regiment of men I have no intention of meeting.
When the Union soldiers are caught looting, the commanding officer orders them to be flogged. The US Army according to the "History of the United States Army" stopped flogging at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861--this scene is obviously later in the war as Union forces are occupying the south.
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