The Scamp

The Scamp

Wolf Rilla (1957)

A Certificate


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

Stephen Leigh Richard Attenborough
Tod Dawson Colin Petersen
Barbara Leigh Dorothy Alison
Mike Dawson Terence Morgan
Julie Dawson Jill Adams
Mrs Perryman Maureen Delaney
Mrs Blundell Margaretta Scott
Eddie David Franks
Headmaster Geoffrey Keen
Beamish Charles Lloyd Pack
Director Wolf Rilla
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Other Information

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