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Small Town Deb

Year: 1941
Role: Helen Randall

Jane Withers, 20th Century-Fox's second-feature Shirley Temple, plays the favorite daughter of a wealthy man (Cecil Kellaway). Real-life debutante Cobina Wright Jr. plays Jane's snobbish sister, who is pushed into society by her mother (Katherine Alexander).

The hostility between the down-to-earth dad and the snooty mom is mirrored by the rivalry between Withers and Wright. Eventually, however, the kids make up, then set to work on reuniting their parents. Small Town Deb represents the first time that child actress Jane Withers was permitted to play a character closer to her own age (she was 16 and looked it).