Does anyone know the ancestry of William H. Peple, who wrote a play and a book entitled THE LITTLEST REBEL, which was made into a silent move in the early 20th century and later into a talking movie starring Shirley Temple? Didn't the play precede the book? I know the film was based on the play rather than the book.
What I would like to know is whether the play was an adaptation of the little book or story "THE LITTLE REBEL," by Ellen Virginia Saunders McFarland, published during Reconstruction days. A couple of references imply that the Shirley Temple movie was based on the Saunders-McFarland story, and I wonder if there is any basis for this or whether it is a mistake. One reference is Ralph Hammond's book, Mansions of Alabama.
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