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Fascinating and unusual movie about a young, orphaned girl found wandering in the wilderness by an idealistic doctor, and taken back to be cared for at his village, a hothouse of political intrigue where the authorities refuse him full medical facilities, and where the girl herself provokes outrage among the locals with her outspoken honesty and strange, biblical morality. At times the religious allegory is pushed a bit too far, and there's a certain amount of sentimentality about a dog the girl finds. But generally, it's an admirably dreamlike and often dark conjuring up of the way the adult world is viewed by children, in its own way almost as effective as Curse of the Cat People, made three years earlier.

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Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Allan Dwan
Screenwriter: Mary Loos, Richard Sale
Cast: Natalie Wood
Dean Jagger
Walter Brennan
Ruth Warrick
Charlotte Greenwood
Jerome Cowan
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