Medic: Season 1, Episode 2

Laughter Is a Boy (20 Sep. 1954)

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Eight-year old Jonno's speech is garbled because of a cleft palate he was born with. Now kids mock him and he's retreating into a lonely world of his own. Grandfather's too elderly to do anything. What can teenage brother Pete do to help.

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Pete Koslo
Peter J. Votrian ...
Jonno Koslo (as Peter Votrian)
Jeff York ...
Dr. Reyburn
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Dr. Vincente
Lorna Thayer ...
Miss Kelly
Joseph Hamilton ...
Uncle Al
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Griffin Barlow
June House
Mary Stewart ...
Nurse Marie
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Eight-year old Jonno's speech is garbled because of a cleft palate he was born with. Now kids mock him and he's retreating into a lonely world of his own. Grandfather's too elderly to do anything. What can teenage brother Pete do to help.

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1.33 : 1
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Superbly Acted
20 August 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Riveting entry thanks mainly to fine acting from the two youngsters, Driscoll and Votrian. Sad-faced Votrian was popular during this period, usually as a boy with problems. Here his casting as an 8-year old with a speech garbling cleft-palate is tailor made, and he brings it off movingly. It's also a good look at Bobby Driscoll who plays the compassionate brother. Too bad Driscoll's brief life was so trouble-filled (IMDB). Familiar faces include Claude Akins and Jeff York as doctors, respectively. And for movie buffs, that's Lorna Thayer as the teacher; her later role as a waitress in 5 Easy Pieces (1970) famously refuses letting Jack Nicholson have a sandwich his way. All in all, it's a solid entry thanks to two very talented youngsters.


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