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-- Heartwarming Disney dramatization of the Eleanor Porter children's classic about a turn-of-the-century orphan (Hayley Mills) who comes to live with her stern New England aunt (Jane Wyman), then proceeds to brighten the lives of all in the vicinity with her sunny disposition and penchant for looking on the bright side. Director David Swift has the benefit of Mills' sweet performance with a contrasting cast of grumps (notably Wyman, Adolphe Menjou and Karl Malden), though youngsters may find the proceedings overlong and their elders put off by the sugar-coated treatment. (A-I) (G)
These movies have been evaluated for artistic merit and moral suitability by the media reviewing division of Catholic News Service. The reviews include the CNS rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.
The classifications are as follows:
A-I -- general patronage;
A-II -- adults and adolescents;
A-III -- adults;
L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
O -- morally offensive.
Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.