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Posted by martinteller on August 26, 2010

A decent adventure tale, dragged down by the lack of a compelling central character.  Jon Whiteley as the Dickensian child is pretty much empty as a character, and Stewart Granger just doesn’t have seem to have any leading man chops.  I wish there’d been more of George Sanders, who’s always a delight.  The color widescreen photography provides a few striking moments, but more often it’s awash in dreary shades of brown.  I also found the movie slightly confusing at times, as the relationships between some of the main characters were murky.  Overall, it’s passable as “brain off” entertainment, but not much more than that.  Another disappointment from Lang’s later career.  Rating: 6


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