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Beware of Children (1960)

No Kidding (original title)
A young, married couple inherit an estate and decide to turn it into a summer camp for children.


Gerald Thomas


Verily Anderson (novel), Robin Estridge | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Phillips ... David Robinson
Geraldine McEwan ... Catherine Robinson
Julia Lockwood Julia Lockwood ... Fenella / 'Vanilla'
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Spicer
Noel Purcell ... Tandy
Joan Hickson ... Cook
June Jago June Jago ... Matron
Cyril Raymond ... Col. Matthews
Esma Cannon ... District Nurse
Alan Gifford ... Edgar Treadgold
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Mr. Rockbottom
Brian Oulton ... Vicar
Eric Pohlmann ... King
Patricia Jessel ... Queen
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Will


A young, married couple inherit an estate and decide to turn it into a summer camp for children.

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April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Hickson Steals The Show (Again)
1 April 2007 | by robertconnorSee all my reviews

A married couple (Phillips and McEwan) inherit a large old house, and quick as a wink, decide to turn it into a holiday home for rich kids. As the different children, and assorted staff descend, so the couple have to cope with adolescent yearnings, drunken domestics, troublesome teens and a busy-body alderman determined to secure the building for her own...

A strangely lack lustre effort from almost all concerned, with clunky juveniles, an intensely irritating McEwan, an unusually subdued Phillips and a shocking lack of pace. Only Irene Handl's delicious turn as the officious Miss Spicer, and Joan Hickson's gloriously bombed cook inject any interest. Most famous now as Agatha Christies's Miss Marple, it is indeed a crime of cinematic history that Hickson wasn't regularly nominated for best supporting actress gongs throughout her career. An unsung heroine of British moviedom if ever there was one, if you ask me!

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