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Scandal at Scourie (1953)

Passed | | Drama | 17 May 1953 (USA)
After their orphanage burns down, a group of children are being transported west by train to Manitoba. All of them are available for adoption and at a stop at Scourie, Ontario little Patsy ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Norman Corwin (screenplay), Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Victoria McChesney
Walter Pidgeon ... Patrick J. McChesney
Agnes Moorehead ... Sister Josephine
Donna Corcoran ... Patsy
Arthur Shields ... Father Reilly
Philip Ober ... B.G. Belney
Rhys Williams ... Bill Swazey
Margalo Gillmore ... Alice Hanover
John Lupton ... Artemus
Philip Tonge ... Fred Gogarty
Wilton Graff ... Mr. Leffington
Ian Wolfe ... Councilman Hurdwell
Michael Pate ... Rev. Williams
Tony Taylor Tony Taylor ... Edward
Patricia Tiernan ... Second Nun
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After their orphanage burns down, a group of children are being transported west by train to Manitoba. All of them are available for adoption and at a stop at Scourie, Ontario little Patsy meets Victoria McChesney. Victoria and her husband Patrick have no children and she immediately decides to adopt the girl. The only condition imposed on them is that as Patsy has been baptized a Roman Catholic the Protestant McChesneys agree to raise her as a Catholic. Patsy is a well-behaved little girl whose only real problem is a school bully, also one of the orphans, who spreads stories that she set their orphanage on fire. Problems arise when the local newspaper goes after Patrick, the town reeve and prominent member of his political party. Patrick decides they can't go forward with the adoption. Patsy overhears him and runs away but does so just as the school catches fire. The community quickly decides Patsy is responsible but it's Patrick who comes to her defense. It all ends well. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

THE STRANGE CASE OF VICKI...AND THE CHILD WHO WASN'T HER OWN! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Mother and Mr. McChesney See more »

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Budget:

$1,148,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a failure at the box office resulting in a loss to MGM of $333,000 ($3.07M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film it is obvious from the motion of the flames at the burned down orphanage that the shot is being run in reverse (or backwards). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Victoria McChesney: Mr. McChesney always uses a long word whenever he can avoid a short one.
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Garson cause film ?
23 September 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Garson/Pidgeon made a film in 1941 called "Blossoms in the Dust," about Edna Gladney, who was a social worker who championed "baby rights." Principally, that film is about stopping the use of the word "illegitimate" on a baby's birth certificate, which cruelly branded a person for life.

This film deals with religious bigotry, and does so effectively. Both films demonstrate that when people take a respectful, but firm stand for something, they can achieve a worthy result. It is a moral picture as one has mentioned, and is well done. People have paid a price to effect vital change. That's a worthy theme.

I have wondered in each case, whether Greer Garson had an interest in the cause. She would have had more choices of films during these periods, I would think. In any event, as usual, she did a good job.

The only time I thought she was actually bad in something (a couple of her films themselves were weak) was in her depiction of Eleanor Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello" with Ralph Bellamy as FDR. The accent and manner were pretty awful -- no, really awful.

But this is a good film. TCM shows it fairly regularly, as part of a Walter Pidgeon birthday salute or for Greer Garson, etc.


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