The Scamp

The Scamp

Wolf Rilla (1957)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
Having made his name in the title role of the Australian-set drama Smiley, contemporary critics had high hopes for ten-year-old Colin Petersen. He tries hard in this well intentioned story of a delinquent given a second chance, but he never convinces either as the urchin son of alcoholic music-hall actor Terence Morgan or as the confused kid cajoled by teacher Richard Attenborough and his wife Dorothy Alison. It must have been a relief to Attenborough not to have been given the juvenile lead himself (having just stopped playing tearaways three years earlier!), but that doesn't excuse his overdoing the glutinous bourgeois benevolence.


A schoolteacher befriends a tearaway youngster neglected by his drunken vaudeville performer father. But when the boy has a brush with the law, he is returned to his neglectful parent, with tragic consequences. Drama, starring Richard Attenborough, Terence Morgan, Dorothy Alison and Colin Peterson.

Cast & Crew

Actor Richard Attenborough
Actor Colin Petersen
Actor Dorothy Alison
Actor Terence Morgan
Actor Jill Adams
Actor Maureen Delaney
Actor Margaretta Scott
Actor David Franks
Director Wolf Rilla
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Lawnie Prods LtdAvailable on: DVD