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Heidi is a 1937 film adaptation of the classic children's novel of the same name by Johanna Spyri. Since Aunt Dete (Mady Christians) does not want her orphaned niece Heidi (Shirley Temple) any longer, she leaves the 8-year-old child in the Swiss Alps with her paternal grandfather, Adolph Kramer (Jean Hersholt). Although her sullen grandfather does not want her there at first, Heidi's constant optimism and good-hearted nature causes Adolph to open his heart her. She soon teaches him that he does not have to isolate himself from the world and even gets him to return to church. However, their peaceful existence together in the mountains comes to an abrupt end when Aunt Dete returns to steal Heidi and sell her to a rich family in Frankfurt. As homesick Heidi is forced to live in her new home as a companion to Herr Sesemann's (Sidney Blackmer) invalid daughter Klara (Marcia Mae Jones), her grandfather struggles to find her.