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Innocent Sinners (1958)

A young girl in a bombed out part of London wants to make something beautiful so she plants a garden in a ruined church with the help of her friend. All the adults in her life don't ... See full summary »


Philip Leacock


Rumer Godden (novel), Neil Paterson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
June Archer June Archer ... Lovejoy
Christopher Hey Christopher Hey ... Tip
Brian Hammond Brian Hammond ... Sparkey
Flora Robson ... Olivia Chesney
David Kossoff ... Vincent
Barbara Mullen ... Mrs.Vincent
Catherine Lacey ... Angela Chesney
Susan Beaumont Susan Beaumont ... Liz
Lyndon Brook ... Charles
Edward Chapman ... Manley
John Rae John Rae ... Mr. Isbister
Vanda Godsell ... Lovejoy's Mother
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Cassie
Pauline Delaney ... Mrs. Malone (as Pauline Delany)
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Doctor


A young girl in a bombed out part of London wants to make something beautiful so she plants a garden in a ruined church with the help of her friend. All the adults in her life don't understand why she wants to do this. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


Olivia Chesney: I sometimes think I've never had a life. And now I never will.
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My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)
(1919) (uncredited)
Written by Fred W. Leigh and Charles Collins
Sung by June Archer at 15 minutes.
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A neglected gem
12 March 2001 | by g_darrylSee all my reviews

This is one of those British films of the 1950's that never made much of a stir, and you'd probably be lucky ever to see it now (I've only seen it once, on British TV, many years ago). But don't on any account miss seeing it if you ever get the chance: it's a truly enchanting little film, and it haunts me to this day.

The main character is a rather lonely little girl (something of a misfit, akin to the main character in The Member Of The Wedding), who has nothing to do and nothing remotely beautiful to look at in her slummy neighbourhood in post-war London, so she decides to make a garden for herself in a bombed-out church, using increasingly ingenious methods to get hold of the seeds and gardening tools.

Other characters - especially a couple struggling desperately to keep their business afloat (a tiny Italian restaurant with only about half a dozen tables in it) - help to make it one of the best 'feel-good movies' I've ever seen. The IMDB doesn't credit the actress who plays the main character with a single appearance in any other film, but it's a terrible shame: from what I can remember, she was a real 'natural', very like Hayley Mills in Tiger Bay (another unjustly neglected British film).

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Release Date:

25 March 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kleine Übeltäter See more »

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The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.75 : 1
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