The Scamp

The Scamp is a 1957 British drama film directed by Wolf Rilla and starring Richard Attenborough, Terence Morgan, Colin Petersen, and Dorothy Alison.[1] It was based on the play, "Uncertain Joy," by Charlotte Hastings.

The Scamp
Original British quad poster
Directed byWolf Rilla
Produced byJames Lawrie
Written byWolf Rilla
Based onplay Uncertain Joy by Charlotte Hastings
StarringRichard Attenborough
Terence Morgan
Colin Petersen
Dorothy Alison
Jill Adams
Music byFrancis Chagrin
CinematographyFreddie Francis
Edited byBernard Gribble
A James Lawrie Production
Distributed byRenown Pictures Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 7 October 1957 (1957-10-07) (London, UK)
Running time
87 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was released in the U.S. as Strange Affection.[2]


A schoolteacher and his wife take in the tempestuous child of an abusive drifter. When the father returns their lives become complicated by issues of corporal punishment, physical abuse, strained relations and various crimes.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "Shaky direction and a cliche-ridden script mar any possibilities for this human interest story";[2] whereas Leonard Maltin called it a "Decent British drama."[3]


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