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Hand in Hand (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 7 April 1963 (UK)
A little Roman Catholic boy and a little Jewish girl become best friends despite the prejudice that surrounds them.

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

Diana Morgan (screenplay), Leopold Atlas (based on a story by)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Parry ... Rachel Mathias
Philip Needs ... Michael O'Malley
John Gregson ... Father Timothy
Sybil Thorndike ... Lady Caroline
Finlay Currie ... Mr. Pritchard
Derek Sydney ... Rabbi Benjamin
Miriam Karlin ... Mrs. Mathias
Arnold Diamond ... Mr. Mathias
Kathleen Byron ... Mrs. O'Malley
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Mr. O'Malley
Martin Lawrence Martin Lawrence ... The Cantor
Barbara Hicks ... Miss Roberts
Denis Gilmore ... Tom (as Dennis Gilmore)
Peter Pike Peter Pike ... Harry
Susan Reid Susan Reid ... Priscilla
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Storyline

In the town of Springfield, England, adolescents Michael O'Malley and Rachel Mathias strike up a friendship despite their less than friendly first meeting at school. That friendship becomes so strong that they spend whatever time they can together, Mike even forgoing playing his regular games with his old friends just so that Rachel won't feel left out. Their friendship is primarily based on reaching for somewhat collective dreams, those that seem to be at the top of the list being going to London to have tea with the Queen, and going big game hunting in Africa. They feel they are stronger as a pair than they are as individuals. Their respective parents support the friendship, which they may not have if it was ten years later and the friendship was a romantic one, their parents who would like their respective offspring to marry within their own religion, Mike's family who is Catholic, Rachel's being Jewish. The first test to their friendship is the possibility of Rachel's family ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Plunge into an adult world of love and hate! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Loretta Parry and Philip Needs receive 'and introducing' credits. See more »

Goofs

Father Timothy wouldn't have needed to ask Michael if Rachel was a friend of his, since he had already met them together on at least one previous occasion, when they were on their way to buy a newspaper. So conceivably he would have already known to whom Michael was referring. See more »

Quotes

Michael O'Malley: What's the matter?
Rachel Mathias: It's Hector.
Michael O'Malley: Has he run away?
Rachel Mathias: He's dead. I looked in his cage this morning and he wouldn't wake up. Mummy said it was old age.
Michael O'Malley: Poor old Hector.
Rachel Mathias: I wrapped him in my best hankie.
Michael O'Malley: We'll have a proper funeral.
Rachel Mathias: Let's.
Michael O'Malley: We'll bury him just outside the door. I'll be the priest.
Rachel Mathias: But, but he's a Jewish mouse. He's mine.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Now Is the Month of Maying
(uncredited)
Written by Thomas Morley
Performed by Loretta Parry with chorus
[Rachel sings the song with the school choir in front of the student body]
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Lovely little film on religious tolerance
10 June 2003 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

The acting of the children who play Michael and Rachel really make this 1960 British film work. Other characters appear to be stereotypical (i.e. the parents, the rabbi and priest) to a large extent, but the children's' performances are outstanding. It's a wonder they didn't do more with their careers after this film, particularly Phillip Needs, who played Michael. Watch his face early on, when he realizes that taunting the little girl at school is wrong. He backs away from the group, then grabs her and rescues her. And later, when he confronts Rachel angrily and yells "Why did you kill Christ?" She answers: "I didn't! I didn't kill anyone!" And it's true. The Romans executed Christ, not the Jews. Pontius Pilate could have always said "no", and left it at that. But of course, the scripture had to be fulfilled.

This is a film I love to show to my own children on a regular basis, to help them understand that God is love, not hate. I have wonderful memories of my parents renting this 16 mm film again and again from the local library in the 1960's when I was growing up. They would show it for the children in the neighborhood, who all came from different religious backgrounds. It was always a favorite and now is a favorite in my own library of films.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin | Hebrew

Release Date:

7 April 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hand in Hand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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