Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand

Director: Philip Leacock

Cast: Loretta Parry, Philip Needs, John Gregson

     
 

Director Philip Leacock, praised for his handling of child actors, does another excellent job with the two young stars in this story about religious tolerance -- and intolerance. Loretta Parry is Rachel, a seven-year-old Jewish girl whose best friend and playmate Michael (Philip Needs) is exactly the same age. Michael has been raised in an Irish Catholic family, but… See more details below

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Director Philip Leacock, praised for his handling of child actors, does another excellent job with the two young stars in this story about religious tolerance -- and intolerance. Loretta Parry is Rachel, a seven-year-old Jewish girl whose best friend and playmate Michael (Philip Needs) is exactly the same age. Michael has been raised in an Irish Catholic family, but neither child thinks very much about their religious differences. At least, not until certain biases begin to make their presence known. But Rachel and Michael's friendship is so strong that even when they visit each other's place of worship and are wholly intimidated by the strangeness of it all, they still remain best buddies. Interwoven with threads of wisdom that might be a little forced at times, this family-oriented drama is also enlivened by comic moments and good acting and directing that keep the story from slipping into saccharine clichés.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A sweet, gentle and truly lovely film, Hand in Hand may strike some viewers as perhaps overly sentimental. But for many Americans who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s and saw Hand numerous times on Saturday's "CBS Children's Film Festival," the movie is something of a cultural touchstone. Certainly, no one can fault Hand for the lessons it teaches of tolerance and respect for the differences of those around us and for its message that people from different backgrounds can live together as friends. Yes, some viewers may feel that it lays that message on a bit thick, but it's also hard to deny how powerful the work is. Director Philip Leacock sensitively handles the material prepared by writers Diana Morgan and Sidney Harmon, and does an absolutely splendid job of capturing the peculiar manner in which children interact with each other when adults are not around, and also of capturing how interaction with adult ideas can sometimes create dire inner conflicts within children. Leacock's handling of each child's visit to the other's place of worship is masterfully done, and the triumphant beginning of the children's flight to "Africa" conveys genuine childish glee. The climactic scene involving a near-tragic incident also packs quite an impact. Leacock pulls forth stunningly natural performances from his two young charges, Loretta Parry and Philip Needs, and the contribution they make to the film's success is significant. Despite its flaws, Hand is a charming and moving film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2010
UPC:
0043396359925
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:13:00
Sales rank:
62,451

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Parry Rachel Mathias
Philip Needs Michael O'Malley
John Gregson Father Timothy
Sybil Thorndike Lady Caroline
Derek Sydney Rabbi Benjamin
Miriam Karlin Mrs. Mathias
Arnold Diamond Mr. Mathias
Barry Keegan Mr. O'Malley
Barbara Hicks Miss Roberts
Denis Gilmore Tom
Susan Reid Priscilla
Eric Francis Newsboy
Stratford Johns Farmer
Donald Tandy George
Madge Ryan George's Wife
Finlay Currie Mr. Pritchard
Kathleen Byron Mrs. O'Malley

Technical Credits
Philip Leacock Director
Stanley Black Score Composer
Sidney Harmon Original Story
Ivan King Art Director
Diana Morgan Screenwriter
Peter Tanner Editor
Helene Winston Producer
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hand In Hand
1. Scene 1 [6:54]
2. Scene 2 [5:47]
3. Scene 3 [5:13]
4. Scene 4 [6:20]
5. Scene 5 [6:18]
6. Scene 6 [4:43]
7. Scene 7 [6:29]
8. Scene 8 [5:28]
9. Scene 9 [7:07]
10. Scene 10 [7:00]
11. Scene 11 [5:10]
12. Scene 12 [6:22]

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