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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.

Director:

Wolf Rilla

Writers:

Charlotte Hastings (adapted from play "Uncertain Joy"), Wolf Rilla
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Stephen Leigh
Dorothy Alison ... Barbara Leigh
Colin Petersen Colin Petersen ... Tod (as Colin 'Smiley' Petersen)
Terence Morgan ... Mike Dawson
Jill Adams ... Julie Dawson
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Mrs. Perryman (as Maureen Delany)
Margaretta Scott ... Mrs. Blundell
David Franks David Franks ... Eddie
Geoffrey Keen ... Headmaster
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Beamish
June Cunningham ... Annette
Sam Kydd ... Shopkeeper
Victor Brooks Victor Brooks ... Inspector Birch
Cyril Wheeler Cyril Wheeler ... Constable Simpson
Kenneth Edwards Kenneth Edwards ... Chairman of Juvenile Court
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strange Affection See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lawrie Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Soundtracks

The Scamp
Music by Francis Chagrin
Lyrics by Tony Rima
Recorded on Nixa Records by the Tony Osborne Orchestra
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Superior slice of social drama
19 October 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee 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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