This episode of "Four Star Playhouse" is one that you'll either love or hate. It's a very schmaltzy sort of family drama and I liked it even though it was dripping in sentimentality.
When the episode begins, Mitch (David Niven) finds a boy crying by the stream where he's planning on fishing. He learns that the kid is a resident at a local orphans home and returns him later that day...after he and the boy do a bit of fishing. It seems that Mitch is taken with the boy...and it probably has a lot to do with Mitch having been adopted. Soon he springs the surprise on the wife (Frances Rafferty)...they should adopt Tommy (Tommy Rettig). Surprisingly, she isn't at all pleased...especially since she's going to have a baby of her own soon and doesn't want a kid who 'isn't hers'. This creates all sorts of problems in the household...even after the take the boy in for a trial basis. What's next? See the show...and you can since it and most of the rest of the "Four Star Playhouse" episodes are available for free download at archive.org.
This one is very well written and engaging. And, like Tommy Rettig's other gig (he was a regular on "Lassie"), it's family fare that is a bit old fashioned but very sweet.
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