When Edward Morgan the rich trustee on an orphanage, first meets little Elizabeth and her older sister Mary, he is immediately entranced and adopts them for an imaginary benefactor. Though both girls come to adore Edward, Mary falls in love with him, unaware he is having the same feelings about her. So it's up to Elizabeth to play matchmaker and bring her two favorite grown-ups together.
Shirley Temple, in a role that seems custom-made for her, portrays the spirited young heroine of the popular children's novel, giving her rich emotional depth and infinite charm. When her aunt tries of caring for her, orphan Heidi is taken into the Swiss mountains to live with her gruff grandfather (Jean Hersholy), a hermit who comes to adore her. But the aunt returns to steal Heidi away, selling her to a family whose invalid daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) needs a companion. Bullied by an evil governess (Mary Nash), Heidi still charms the entire household and never stops trying to return to her beloved grandfather.
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