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|CHILD IN THE HOUSE (directors: Cy Endfield/Charles de la Tour; screenwriters: Cy Endfield/from the novel by Janet McNeill; cinematographer: Otto Heller; editor: Charles Hasse; music: Mario Nascimbene; cast: Phyllis Calvert (Evelyn Acheson), Eric Portman (Henry Acheson), Stanley Baker (Stephen Lorimer), Mandy Miller (Elizabeth Lorimer), Dora Bryan (Cassie), Joan Hickson (Cook), Victor Maddern (Bert), Percy Herbert (Det. Sgt. Taylor), Martin Miller (Prof. Topolski); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: S. Benjamin Fisz; Retro Flix; 1956-USA/UK)|
drama that gets the most out of its slight story
acting is top-notch."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Modest family drama
the most out of its slight story because the acting is
all good until the
contrived bittersweet ending puts an unconvincing
around the cautionary
morality tale that
desperately tries to tell us that children know best.
Co-directors Cy Endfield and Charles
de la Tour effectively
this solid Brit drama. Endfield
exile living in
England, a vic of the Communist witch-hunt, who writes
based on the novel by Janet
Perky 11-year-old Elizabeth Lorimer
sent by her
hospitalized Brighton mother to live in London with
her cold Aunt Evelyn
her barrister Uncle Henry Acheson
(Eric Portman), a childless middle-aged
upper-crust couple who don't know how to take care of
mom is operated on in a London hospital. We follow the
next three days
in Elizabeth's life. The lonely girl makes no
connection with her aunt,
but respects her sympathetic uncle. But it's the
she befriends, who makes her stay as
pleasant as possible. Elizabeth also attends ballet
she meets on the sly her swindler father, Stephen Lorimer (Stanley Baker), who is a fugitive hunted
by the police.
The secretive Dad gives Elizabeth his phone number and
tells her to keep it a secret from everyone.
When Elizabeth's mother's
sister, Aunt Evelyn,
pries the address from Elizabeth after Det. Sgt. Taylor (Percy
Herbert) makes a home visit to
inform her that
Stephen is accused of a white collar crime, she notifies the police
whereabouts. This causes
Stephen to flee the boarding house just as the police
arrive, as Cassie
and his daughter rush over to warn him. The
little girl, who loves her doting father, calls her
aunt a meanie.
the end, Stephen returns to the hospital to see how
his wife is doing
and take his punishment, as the police are there to
REVIEWED ON 9/24/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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