Much like any previous Shirley Temple vehicle this picture completely revolves around her, showcasing her smile, charm, and innocence. That said, the film is very different from her previous features as well, including the lack of dancing and singing (aside from a very short, quiet song by Temple), a large plot, and a noticeable increase in production, especially with notable names in the credits besides the top credited Temple. This picture would tug more at the heartstrings of parents as Winkie is a such a young child that has little grasp on the death of a dear friend in front of her. It is somewhat a more emotional film from her usual fare, although Temple stills plays all troubles off with childish innocence, meaning only the mature characters’ hearts are breaking, fully understand what Winkie could not comprehend.
A British writer, Graham Greene, reviewed the picture stating 20th Century-Fox was touting Temple around to look desirable for men by acting more and more like an adult and putting her in former fitting clothing, in this case the soldier uniform. The studio and Temple would sue Greene for his comments and won. When Temple was 21 and gained access to the bond money she won from the case she gave the winnings to a charity in England.