Plot is laid in Canada, and it's a gentle tale of a young Catholic orphan who wins the hearts of a childless Protestant couple and the community, but not without causing plenty of commotion that makes for chuckles, drama and tears. Jean Negulesco's direction gets the best from the script, which was based on a story by Mary McSherry.
Plot is laid in Canada, and it’s a gentle tale of a young Catholic orphan who wins the hearts of a childless Protestant couple and the community, but not without causing plenty of commotion that makes for chuckles, drama and tears. Jean Negulesco’s direction gets the best from the script, which was based on a story by Mary McSherry.
As the orphan, little Donna Corcoran sparks the story. After having accidentally caused a fire that destroyed the Catholic orphanage in which she resides, she and the other children are loaded on a train for a cross-country junket and stops, during which nuns try to find new homes for the youngsters. At Scourie, a Protestant community, Corcoran wanders away, encounters Greer Garson, the wife of Walter Pidgeon, town merchant and political figure, and charms her. Political opponents, chiefly Philip Ober, charge Pidgeon is using the girl to get the Catholic vote, resulting in both an indignant Garson and an infuriated Pidgeon publicly trouncing him.
Scandal at Scourie
M-G-M. Director Jean Negulesco; Producer Edwin H. Knopf; Screenplay Norman Corwin, Leonard Spigelgass, Karl Tunberg; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Ferris Webster; Music Daniele Amfitheatrof; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Wade B. Rubottom
(Color) Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 89 MIN.
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