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  • A Gift for Heidi (1958)
  • Approved
    71 min | Family, Drama
A Gift for Heidi (1958)
Approved
71 min | Family, Drama

This movie is about one summer holiday in the life of the famous children's book character Heidi, the orphan girl who lives with her grandfather (whom Heidi, like everybody else including the cast list, calls "Alm Uncle") on the outskirts ...See moreThis movie is about one summer holiday in the life of the famous children's book character Heidi, the orphan girl who lives with her grandfather (whom Heidi, like everybody else including the cast list, calls "Alm Uncle") on the outskirts of a small village in the Alps. Heidi has a gift of three carved wooden figures made by a craftsman neighbour: Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. However, rather than gold, frankincense, and myrrh, her grandfather and the village doctor gradually teach Heidi the idea that the gifts they bring are faith, charity and hope. Adventures include Heidi entering her friend Peter for a singing competition without telling him; befriending a rich but lonely man from the big city who is an associate of the father of Heidi's little girl friend who comes to stay for the holidays; and joining Peter on an expedition up the highest mountain in the neighbourhood, in a bid to rescue a soldier and his bride who on their honeymoon decide (against the advice of the children and Alm Uncle that it is dangerous at this time of year) to climb the peak, only to be trapped by an avalanche below them, after the bride injures her ankle. The solution: call in the U.S. army -- hence all the military bit parts in the cast list. Written by IPH See less
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Writers
David Dortort (original story) (screenplay) | Johanna Spyri (characters from the novel) | Eugene Vale (original story) (screenplay)
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Douglas Fowley
Alm Uncle Alm Uncle   See fewer
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Erik Jelde
Ernst Ernst   See fewer
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Rolf Wanka
Mr. Binder Mr. Binder   See fewer
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Susan Salnio
Clara (as Susan Saino) Clara (as Susan Saino)   See fewer
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Karin Rose
Louise Louise   See fewer
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Clancy Cooper
Dr. Roth Dr. Roth   See fewer
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Paul McClintock
Gen. Manby Gen. Manby   See fewer
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Hap Hanson
Col. Porter (as 'Hap' Hanson) Col. Porter (as 'Hap' Hanson)   See fewer
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C. Fowler
Capt. McBee Capt. McBee   See fewer
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Edwin Anderson
Lt. Williams Lt. Williams   See fewer
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Wadsworth Likely
Sgt. Cory Sgt. Cory   See fewer
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Ted Mitchell
Pilot (as Lt. Ted Mitchell) Pilot (as Lt. Ted Mitchell)   See fewer
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Dean Jackson
Radio operator Radio operator   See fewer
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Osman Ragheb
Hotel clerk Hotel clerk   See fewer
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Tommy Hanson
Page boy Page boy   See fewer
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4.5 / 10 | 46 votes