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Scandal at Scourie (1953)

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90 min | Drama

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 meets Victoria McChesney. Victoria and her husband...See moreAfter 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 meets Victoria McChesney. Victoria and her husband Patrick have no children and she immediately decides to adopt the girl. The only condition imposed on them is that as Patsy has been baptized a Roman Catholic the Protestant McChesneys agree to raise her as a Catholic. Patsy is a well-behaved little girl whose only real problem is a school bully, also one of the orphans, who spreads stories that she set their orphanage on fire. Problems arise when the local newspaper goes after Patrick, the town reeve and prominent member of his political party. Patrick decides they can't go forward with the adoption. Patsy overhears him and runs away but does so just as the school catches fire. The community quickly decides Patsy is responsible but it's Patrick who comes to her defense. It all ends well. Written by garykmcd See less
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Writers
Norman Corwin (screenplay) | Leonard Spigelgass (screenplay) | Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | Mary McSherry (story "Good Boy")
Cinematographer
Robert H. Planck (as Robert Planck)
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$ 1,148,000
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Release date
May 17, 1953 (United States)

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51 cast members
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Greer Garson
Victoria McChesney Victoria McChesney   See fewer
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Walter Pidgeon
Patrick J. McChesney Patrick J. McChesney   See fewer
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Agnes Moorehead
Sister Josephine Sister Josephine   See fewer
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Arthur Shields
Father Reilly Father Reilly   See fewer
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Philip Ober
B.G. Belney B.G. Belney   See fewer
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Rhys Williams
Bill Swazey Bill Swazey   See fewer
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Margalo Gillmore
Alice Hanover Alice Hanover   See fewer
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John Lupton
Artemus Artemus   See fewer
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Philip Tonge
Fred Gogarty Fred Gogarty   See fewer
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Wilton Graff
Mr. Leffington Mr. Leffington   See fewer
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Ian Wolfe
Councilman Hurdwell Councilman Hurdwell   See fewer
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Michael Pate
Rev. Williams Rev. Williams   See fewer
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Tony Taylor
Edward Edward   See fewer
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Patricia Tiernan
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Victor Wood
James Motley James Motley   See fewer
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Perdita Chandler
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Walter Baldwin
Michael Hayward Michael Hayward   See fewer
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Ida Moore
Mrs. Ames Mrs. Ames   See fewer
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Joan Arnold
Sister Maria (uncredited) Sister Maria (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Bonigul
Man (uncredited) Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Old Man (uncredited) Old Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Davis
Bartender (uncredited) Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wayne A. Farlow
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Al Ferguson
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Councilman Womsley (uncredited) Councilman Womsley (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ivis Goulding
Mrs. O'Russell (uncredited) Mrs. O'Russell (uncredited)   See fewer
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Linda Greer
Child (uncredited) Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Coral Hammond
Cecilia (uncredited) Cecilia (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gary Lee Jackson
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vicki Joy Kreutzer
Edith (uncredited) Edith (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nolan Leary
Train Conductor (uncredited) Train Conductor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earl Lee
Tweedy Man (uncredited) Tweedy Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rudy Lee
School Boy (uncredited) School Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Archer MacDonald
Apprentice Barber (uncredited) Apprentice Barber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jill Martin
Isabella (uncredited) Isabella (uncredited)   See fewer
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Owen McGiveney
Clark, Irate Customer (uncredited) Clark, Irate Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Matt Moore
Kenston (uncredited) Kenston (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roger Moore
Man (uncredited) Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Howard Negley
Duggin (uncredited) Duggin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maudie Prickett
Mrs. Holahan (uncredited) Mrs. Holahan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Roman
Freddie (uncredited) Freddie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Ross
Doctor Parker (uncredited) Doctor Parker (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Sherman
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Father Barrett (uncredited) Father Barrett (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jeffrey Sparks the Barber (uncredited) Jeffrey Sparks the Barber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Vidocq (uncredited) Vidocq (uncredited)   See fewer
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Isabella (uncredited) Isabella (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 392 votes