Scandal at Scourie

Scandal at Scourie

Director: Jean Negulesco, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Corcoran

Cast: Jean Negulesco, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Corcoran

     
 
Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon were together again for the last time in Scandal at Scourie. Filmed on location in Canada, the plot concerns a childless Protestant couple, the McChesneys (Garson and Pidgeon), whose lives are profoundly altered by an orphaned Catholic girl named Patsy (Donna Corcoran). Through a series of far-fetched coincidences, Patsy wanders

Overview

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon were together again for the last time in Scandal at Scourie. Filmed on location in Canada, the plot concerns a childless Protestant couple, the McChesneys (Garson and Pidgeon), whose lives are profoundly altered by an orphaned Catholic girl named Patsy (Donna Corcoran). Through a series of far-fetched coincidences, Patsy wanders into the McChesney home, immediately capturing the heart of Mrs. McChesney. Mr. McC, a local politician, is a bit harder to win over, but eventually his wife convinces him to adopt the child. This stirs up a tempest in a teapot, as McChesney's political enemies accuse him of using Patsy to win over his Catholic constituents, while one of Patsy's former orphanage classmates spreads a rumor (backed up by circumstantial evidence) that the little girl is a "firebug." Sentimental to a fault, Scandal at Scourie is also undeniably effective.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A gentle and well-meaning drama, Scandal at Scourie might strike some modern viewers as being a bit "hokey" or "corny." It's undeniable that it does make efforts to pull at the heartstrings and that some of its emotional moments are strained and manipulative. That said, there's also a sensitivity in Scandal that is appealing, and a feeling that the makers did put some of their heart into the proceedings. It would have been better if Greer Garson's character were perhaps a shade less perfect and noble, or if the cards were not always stacked in her favor, from a moral point of view. But many viewers will be quite happy to overlook these and similar flaws and just bask in the film's warm little glow. Garson, of course, could play this kind of role in her sleep, and she brings to the role an ease and tenderness mixed with determination that are exactly what is required. Walter Pidgeon handles his part equally well, and there is the usual chemistry between the oft-paired stars. Donna Corcoran is cute and appealing. Jean Negulesco directs with an eye to the emotion, and the production is quite handsome if occasionally "soundstage-y."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
UPC:
0888574054922
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
4,345

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greer Garson Mrs. Patrick J. McChesney
Walter Pidgeon Patrick J. McChesney
Donna Corcoran Patsy
Agnes Moorehead Sister Josephine
Arthur Shields Father Reilly
Philip Ober B. G. Belney
Rhys Williams Bill Swazey
Margalo Gillmore Alice Hanover
John Lupton Artemus
Philip Tonge Mr. Gogarty
Wilton Graff Mr. Leffington
Ian Wolfe Councilman Hurdwell
Michael Pate Rev. Williams
Tony Taylor Edward
Patricia Tiernan Nun
Victor Wood James Motley
Perdita Chandler Sister Dominique
Walter S. Baldwin Michael Hayward
Ida Moore Mrs. Ames
Joan Arnold Sister Maria
Eugene Borden Old Man
George Davis Bartender
Al Ferguson Actor
Alex Frazer Womsley
Ivis Goulding Mrs. O'Russell
Linda Greer Actor
Coral Hammond Cecilia
Nolan Leary Conductor
Earl Lee Tweedy Man
Rudy Lee Donald
Archer MacDonald Barber Apprentice
Jill Martin Isabella
Owen McGiveney Clark
Matt Moore Kenston
Roger Moore Actor
Howard Negley Duggin
Maudie Prickett Mrs. Holahan
Peter Roman Freddie
John Sherman Mr. Pringle
Ivan Triesault Father Barrett
Charles Watts Barber
Max Willenz Vidocq
Wayne Farlow Actor
Warren Farlow Actor
Gary Lee Jackson Other Boy
Robert C. Ross Dr. Parker

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Norman Corwin Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Edwin H. Knopf Producer
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Wade B. Rubottom Art Director
Leonard Spigelgass Screenwriter
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Ferris Webster Editor

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