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Childish Things (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 November 1970 (Australia)
Alcoholic ex-GI goes to work collecting debts for gangsters and committing various other crimes, then has a religious conversion and helps other alcoholics.

Directors:

John Derek, David Nelson

Writer:

Don Murray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Murray ... Tom Harris
Linda Evans ... Pat Jennings
David Brian ... Jennings
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Angelique
Don Joslyn Don Joslyn ... Kelly
Gypsy Boots Gypsy Boots ... Gypsy
Rod Lauren ... Rod
Leroy Jenkins Leroy Jenkins ... Preacher
Logan Ramsey ... Mr. Simmons
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... First Fighter
Jack Griffin Jack Griffin ... Jack
William Kerwin ... Mr. Sullivan
Brooke Valerie Brooke Valerie ... Girl
Gene LeBell Gene LeBell ... Peanut Man
Ed Bennett Ed Bennett ... Carousel Man
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Alcoholic ex-GI goes to work collecting debts for gangsters, commits various crimes, then has a religious conversion and helps other alcoholics. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Angelique - For her, love is an act of friendship! See more »

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Tale of the Cock See more »

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Production Co:

Don Murray Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Filmed in 1966, but not released until 1969. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Ghosts Can't Do It (2015) See more »

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One of the finer films I have ever seen.
28 March 2007 | by victorminSee all my reviews

'Childish Things' is one of the tightest written, best presented movies I have ever seen come out of Hollywood. In this listing, the film is shown as released in 1969, but I saw it in 1967 as 'Tale of the Cock' when I was stationed with the Army at Fort Myer, VA. The latter title, I believe, is more representative of the story, and the double (triple?) entendre of the title lends to the wonderfully complex nature of the "Tale" as the symbolic plot of the story unfolds. I imagine that courageous efforts went forth in the production of this movie as some viewers might take offense at any message (Biblical) while others may scoff at its simplicity, but the "Tale" runs deeper than would be seen at the surface. The writer and directors are to be lauded for their reserve, the filming and editing are superb, and the performances of the entire cast are at the top of the actors' craft. Outstanding job, Don Murray! And John Derek gently coaxed a fine performance from Linda Evans. I may be the only person who ever saw this film.


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