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5.0 out of 5 stars Why no region 2??
It's surely another strange decision by dvd distributors to release "Child in the house" in America in region one format. WHY?? Surely its appeal is greatest in the UK for its native audience.
It's a good little drama showing most unusually an unsympathetic Phyllis Calvert, as the spiteful aunt of little Mandy Miller. This film re-teams these two stars of the much...
Published on 29 July 2011 by William Taylor

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Child in the House (1956) ... Mandy Miller ... VCI Ent. (2011)"
VCI Entertainment and Eros Films presents "CHILD IN THE HOUSE" (1956) (90 min/B&W) -- Starring Phyllis Calvert, Eric Portman, Stanley Baker, Mandy Miller, Dora Bryan, Joan Hickson, Victor Maddern, Percy Herbert, Joan Benham, Martin Miller,
Christopher Toyne, Alfie Bass, Molly Urquhart, Bruce Beeby & Peter Burton

Directed by Cyril Raker Endfield...
Published on 1 April 2011 by J. Lovins


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3.0 out of 5 stars "Child in the House (1956) ... Mandy Miller ... VCI Ent. (2011)", 1 April 2011
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Child in the House [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
VCI Entertainment and Eros Films presents "CHILD IN THE HOUSE" (1956) (90 min/B&W) -- Starring Phyllis Calvert, Eric Portman, Stanley Baker, Mandy Miller, Dora Bryan, Joan Hickson, Victor Maddern, Percy Herbert, Joan Benham, Martin Miller,
Christopher Toyne, Alfie Bass, Molly Urquhart, Bruce Beeby & Peter Burton

Directed by Cyril Raker Endfield

Elizabeth (Mandy Miller) has been left with childless relatives while her mother is hospitalized. Her father (Stanley Baker) is separated from the mother and is a character of shady background. Baker makes contact with his daughter who adores him but swears a secrecy about the contact. Baker once again involved in another shady deal as the police are looking for him.

What to do is the question put to Mandy Miller, her loyalty is tested and the film becomes intriguing.

BIOS:
1. Cy Endfield [aka: Cyril Raker Endfield] [Director]
Date of Birth: 10 November 1914 - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 16 April 1995, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, England, UK

2. Mandy Miller [aka: Carmen Isabella Miller]
Date of Birth: 23 July 1944 - Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Date of Death: Still Living

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 3 Stars
Performance: 3 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 90 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment ~ (03/29/2011)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why no region 2??, 29 July 2011
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William Taylor "20CFOX fan" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Child in the House [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
It's surely another strange decision by dvd distributors to release "Child in the house" in America in region one format. WHY?? Surely its appeal is greatest in the UK for its native audience.
It's a good little drama showing most unusually an unsympathetic Phyllis Calvert, as the spiteful aunt of little Mandy Miller. This film re-teams these two stars of the much better known movie "Mandy", and in support Eric Portman, as Phyllis' husband, and Stanley Baker as Mandy's father, are both very good. Dora Bryan has a nice little cameo as the kind-hearted house maid.

No forthcoming UK release appears to be imminent, so lucky owners of a region one player should invest in this now while it is available somewhere. Technically the disc is fine with good video and audio.

It's an enjoyable and engrossing drama and deserves a wider distribution on dvd than this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Child in the House, 21 Nov 2011
This review is from: Child in the House [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This film is a serious piece of work, not fluffy as I expected, after allowing for the generous helping of 1950s sentimentality essential in Mandy Miller's films. The film may actually be Mandy Miller's professional high point, with quite complex characterisation. (How very difficult to reach your peak at 11 years old.) The restoration is not too good, especially the soundtrack, but watchable. It is silly that this under-rated British classic is only available in US DVD format (Renown only own the US rights for some odd reason) but it is becoming easier to watch these US DVDs in the UK with new DVD players and home PCs, but any potential buyer would need to check that their equipment could read the DVD or be adapted to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL PIECE OF NOSTALGIA, 24 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Child in the House [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a superb, albeit old fashioned film, set in 1950s London. Young Mandy Miller gives an outstanding performance as the child in question, and is well supported by the adult cast. The story is of a 12 year old girl who is taken in by child-free relatives when her mother goes into hospital with a serious illness. To add to the pathos, her father is on the run from jail, and the poor little girl has to cope with an ice-queen aunt, and an uncle who does his best to understand her needs, but struggles to reach out to her. After a lot of tear jerking scenes, we get a happy ending, with everyone the better for the experience. We are also treated to some wonderful scenes of London along the way - look out for Regents Park, circled by the elegant Nash buildings (always occupied by rich people, but these days only for multi-millionaires). Mandy also treats us to a haunting little song while the credits roll. Bliss!
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