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 »
Jan Stewart, a new teacher at The Oaks, a boys' boarding school, becomes instructor and mother-figure to a class of twelve. She must overcome the disapproval of Joe Hargrave, head of the lower school, who has misgivings about Jan's inexperience.Written by
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With other job prospects drying up, still beautiful Greer Garson (as Jan Stewart) takes a position at an all-boys boarding school. She is the first female teacher at "The Oaks", so the kids amusingly call her "Sir." First crisis involves Ms. Garson finding the boys have adopted a puppy. Garson butts heads with fellow teacher Robert Ryan (Joe Hargrave) over the school's "no dogs allowed" rule. She eventually teaches Mr. Ryan how a woman closer to his age can do just as well as the pretty young blondes he rides around with. Garson responds to each new problem by raising her eyebrow. Heck, whatever she's doing, it works...
Going to the head of the class are thirteenth arrival Tim Considine (as Richard "Dick" Oliver) and neglected Donald MacDonald (as Bobby Lennox). They get the story lines. Young Considine's future "Spin and Marty" partner David Stollery (as Jeff Carlin) is also present. The kids are all right. James Arness plays the coach. This was the last MGM contract film for Garson, who was a superstar from 1942 ("Mrs. Miniver") to 1946, placing in the "Quigley Poll" of box office stars at #9, #6, #6, #3, and #7 during those years. Garson did not retire, and scored notably when a good role came along in "Sunrise at Campobello" (1960).
**** Her Twelve Men (8/11/54) Robert Z. Leonard ~ Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Tim Considine, Donald MacDonald
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