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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Nice little drama

7/10
Author: gerry1019 from NYC
18 October 2007

This is an entertaining little drama, the child in the house being Mandy Miller of "Mandy" fame.

Mandy, playing a child by the name of Elizabeth, has been left with childless relatives while her mother is hospitalised. Her father, Stanley Baker is separated from the mother and is a character of shady background.He makes contact with his daughter who adores him but swears her to secrecy about the contact. Once again he is involved in another shady deal and indeed the police are looking for him.

The movie revolves around the loyalty of the little girl,the dislike of the lady of the house for kids and Baker, and the sympathetic man of the house character.

The movie is available on VHS and is well worth a look.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Good but not distinguished

7/10
Author: JohnHowardReid
2 November 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This film has a few somewhat unusual credits, including "Direction supervision and screenplay: Cy Raker Endfield. Co-director: Charles De Latour. Story from Janet McNeill's novel." Presumably De Latour performed the functions of what Hollywood calls a "dialogue director". And I like the implication that whilst Endfield cribbed the story from Janet McNeill's novel (which incidentally was actually titled "A Child in the House"), he felt at liberty to make substantial changes to incidents and characters.

As for the movie itself, "Child in the House" is what the trade used to call "a woman's picture!" It's agreeably played, competently directed, attractively photographed and has a most beautiful signature tune. The script is a bit mawkish at times, but the good moments (and there are some really imaginative touches) more than outweigh the bad.

Mandy Miller is refreshingly artless. Production values are first class.

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