Old Ben is a kind old man who likes to play with the kids, whether it's baseball or hide and seek. Little Jenny, who has to wear braces on her legs, is particularly fond of him. He tells ... See full summary »
Old Ben is a kind old man who likes to play with the kids, whether it's baseball or hide and seek. Little Jenny, who has to wear braces on her legs, is particularly fond of him. He tells her he has to leave soon since the men who are after him will soon arrive. He assures her that he's not a criminal or anything like that. She wants him to take her with him but he says it can't be done. He does fix the problem with her legs however. Turns out Old Ben is important where he comes from and arranges it so that he and Jenny can get what they want. Written by
Mrs. Gann will be in for a big surprise when she finds this
[photo of a handsome young man]
under Jenny's pillow, because Mrs. Gann has more temper than imagination. She'll never dream that this is a picture of Old Ben, as he really looks, and it will never occur to her that eventually her niece will grow up to be an honest-to-goodness queen - somewhere in The Twilight Zone.
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Not up to the quality of the series. This sappy offering is about a little girl with braces on her legs (polio was still a factor in the fifties). She is living with her evil aunt, Nancy Culp from the Beverly Hillbillies. She and her friends play every day with an old man who can hit a ball a quarter of a mile, turn into a monster, and make things disappear. It turns out this guy has run away from somewhere and there are some guys in suits that are after him. It gets down to the old guy giving up his freedom to save the little girl's life. The whole premise proves to be ludicrous and the conclusion pretty unsatisfying. Also, there's the issue of the neighborhood kids hanging out with this old guy. Things have sure changed.
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