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Strange Affection (1957)

The Scamp (original title)
Tod is a motherless boy, who is mistreated by his violent father. He eventually finds happiness with kindly foster parents.

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Stephen Leigh
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Barbara Leigh
Colin Petersen ...
Tod Dawson (as Colin 'Smiley' Petersen)
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Mike Dawson
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Julie Cunningham
Maureen Delaney ...
Mrs. Perryman
Margaretta Scott ...
Mrs. Blundell
David Franks ...
Eddie
Geoffrey Keen ...
Headmaster
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Beamish
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Annette
Sam Kydd ...
Shopkeeper
Victor Brooks ...
Inspector Birch
Cyril Wheeler ...
Constable Simpson
Kenneth Edwards ...
Chairman of Juvenile Court
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Mike Dawson, out-of-work burlesque actor, is too busy with his latest girlfriend, June Cunningham, to pay too much attention to his young son Tod and, as a result, the boy is running wild. The teenager meets up with school-teacher Stephen Leigh, who is concerned with the obsession of his wile, a doctor, not to have children until she has established her career. Because of Leigh's expressed liking for the boy, Tod is given house-guest status when Mike goes on tour. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Colin Petersen was taken on as a drummer by the Bee Gees when they came to the UK, the first non-Gibb official band member. See more »

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The Scamp
Written by Francis Chagrin and Tony Osborne
Performed by The Tony Osborne Orchestra
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Superior slice of social drama
19 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really liked THE SCAMP, a late '50s slice of British social drama that seems to be unjustly forgotten by modern audiences. It tells of a young tearaway boy who's brought under the care of kindly Richard Attenborough, and the ways in which the boy's criminal family struggle to break up the friendship. The narrative feels very modern in the way that the story is surprisingly fast paced, with no slow spots or scenes that don't add to the overall picture.

THE SCAMP works so well because the characters are delightfully drawn. Child actor Colin Petersen could have been a brat in the hands of the wrong director, but superior B-movie helmer Wolf Rilla (VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED) gets a fine and sympathetic performance out of him. Attenborough is as sympathetic as you'd expect, but the supporting cast are also great: Terence Morgan (SVENGALI) stars in one of his most dastardly roles, and further down there are minor parts for the familiar faces of Geoffrey Keen, Charles Lloyd Pack, and Sam Kydd.


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