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Child's Play (1954)

| Comedy, Sci-Fi | 1957 (USA)

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Horatio Flynn
Ernest Scott ...
Ernest Rutheford Chappell
Patrick Wells ...
Hans 'Einstein' Blotz
Ian Smith ...
Tom Chizzler
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Alice Nightingale (as Anneke Willys)
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Mary Huxley
Peter Martyn ...
Police Constable 'Nosey' Parker
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Miss Emily Goslett
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Police Sgt. Butler
Elain Sykes ...
Linda Chappel - kid sister
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Margery Chappell
Carl Jaffe ...
Carl Blotz
Ingeborg von Kusserow ...
Lea Blotz (as Ingeborg Wells)
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Dr. Nightingale
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Bill - grocery merchant
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Our Gang in the Atomic Age
29 August 2017 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

There's a bit of satire about atomic research and the official secrets in CHILD'S PLAY, but it's mostly about a gang of kids in a small English village who invent atomic popcorn. It has a silly and confusing air, told as it is, by the leader of the gang, Christopher Beeny, and there's a rough attempt to emulate Hal Roach's Our Gang series in post-war Britain. However, despite some silly moments and a fine, mildly daft performance by Mona Washbourne as the children's collaborator and saleswoman, it is far too scattered to ever quite gel into something.

The director is Margaret Thomson, a lady who began her career directing informational shorts for the Department of Agriculture, and who later became a specialist in writing and directing children's movies. A couple of later credits as "children's coach" in movies like THE LITTLE KIDNAPPERS indicate that she was good at getting performances out of the young 'uns. While Master Beeny has had a good career, and Anneke Willis also -- she had a good run as a companion on DOCTOR WHO -- most of the children's careers seems to have been limited to this one movie.


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