Among the classics of Julien Josephson, “THE STORY OF HEIDI”, directed by Allan Dwan, came into picture in 1937.It is a story based movie describes the childhood incidences of a little girl named Heidi. Heidi lost her parents when she was a toddle. She was brought up by her aunt, and later her grandfather, Jean took the guardianship. Her grandfather was a noble man and a strict personality, who lived in the valleys of mountains which is 100 miles away from France. Peter, an 8 years old boy, accompanied Heidi’s grandfather. Peter spent all his time by taking grandfather’s cattle; for feeding the cattle up in the mountain of nourishes grass.
As Heidi attained 7 years old, her aunt Mady, decided to hand over Heidi to her grandfather. Both of them started journey in the cart to the mountains where Heidi’s grandfather lives. On the way to the destination she meets Peter and they became good friends. For the first time Heidi is going to see her grandfather. Heidi is delighted to see her grandfather and loved the place around his house. All the innocent behavior and activities of Heidi reminded the childhood of grandfathers son i.e Heidi’s father. Grandfather loved Heidi’s innocent and her pleasant presence. Heidi with her ever smiling face enjoys her days by spending time with the cattle along with Peter and other animals. One fine morning Heidi’s grandfather receives a letter from her nephew in France. Heidi’s nephew mentioned, in the letter, about Heidi’s future and comfort of being in city, France. Also she can help her friend’s daughter Anna, who is paralyzed from her childhood. Heidi’s grandfather was unhappy to see the letter. When her nephew comes to his house to take Heidi, he regretted to send Heidi to France and he sent her out of his house. Heidi’s nephew somehow manages to brainwash Heidi on the way from grandfather’s house and she takes her to France.
Heidi reaches Anna’s house in France. She was totally dissatisfied with their house regulations and she sticks to homesick. She will be satisfied and happy only in the presence of Anna. But still her mind wandered in the mountains and in her grandfather’s house. As day passes by, she became too abnormal, thinking always about her grandfather, her friend Peter and her moments with them. Meanwhile Anna’s father arrives to France to see his daughter. Then he comes to know about Heidi and her problems. He understood her problems and he showed pity. Finally Anna’s father decides to send her back to the mountains. Heidi is surprised and happy to hear that she is taken back to her grandfather. So Heidi leaves France with tears for missing Anna and Anna promises Heidi, that she will stay along with her in the mountains, during the spring. Finally, Heidi’s peaceful life is restored after seeing her grandfather and Peter.
As promised, Anna visits Heidi’s grandfather’s house in the spring. Heidi and her grandfather tried their level best to make Anna walk. Anna walked normally and she gave a surprising shock to her father, when he came to take her back to France. Anna’s father was so delighted to see her daughter walking for the first time and he expressed his gratitude to Heidi and her grandfather.