Imagine "Pollyanna" meets "little orphan Annie " with a Shirley Temple touch for good measure;you get the picture?After all,Pollyanna -who came years later- was received by her aunt into her desirable mansion(although Jacqueline White is younger than Jane Wyman ) ,and the auntie is in love with a doctor (himself younger than Richard Egan);and she's got a dog (see the title) like little orphan Annie.
That said, our young heroine is less good than Pollyanna:does't she ask a "true" gun to her dad to kill the swamp cat with her three chums ,Ezechiel,and the charming black boys ,Genesis and Exodus (!)?;this is a well told story ,well constructed - a good idea is to make the "swamp cat" appear in the flesh whereas the viewer thought it was only a legend.Younger children fond of pets should like it.
Best line: the girl to her aunt:"you're an old maid! " whereas she is still an attractive young woman.
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