This is the final of three posts dedicated to the Second Annual Judy Garland Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.
Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jun 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A new teacher joins a school for children with special needs and clashes with the principal on how to properly treat the students in order to help them live better and more fulfilling lives.
My Take on it – When Crystal announced this blogathon, I searched through Judy Garland’s filmography in order to try and find some films that seemed to be quite interesting and came across this one that I had never even heard of beforehand.
This is a film that does a nice job of showing us what the methods of treatment were for disabled children at the time and it’s easy to see that the ones used at the time weren’t always sufficient enough because each child might have different needs and using the same method for everyone doesn’t always work.
Both Judy Garland and Burt Lancaster are great here and that largely has to do with the fact that they play characters with strong personalities that are willing to try and fight so that they can use their own methods in order to reach out to these disabled children.
When this film came out 55 years ago, so much less was actually known about mentally challenged that it works really well in showing how diversity might help certain children depending on their own personal needs.
The story itself works well and we get a very clear idea of what was done at the time to try and work with these kids.
Bottom Line – Both Garland and Lancaster are quite powerful in their roles here and they give us two diverging methods on how to treat mentally challenged kids at a time when less was known on the part of doctors and researchers. The story works quite well and we get a clear idea about what kind of treatment was offered at the time and the need to makes changes to those methods depending on the child’s personal needs. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director John Cassavetes and Producer Stanley Kramer had many creative / economic differences and during the editing phase, Cassavetes was fired. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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