Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family’s barn. When she askes him who he was, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus and try to hide him from grown-ups. –IMDb
Bryan Forbes, CBE is an English film director, actor and writer. Bryan Forbes was born John Theobald Clarke on 22 July 1926 in Queen Mary’s Hospital, Stratford, West Ham, Essex (now Greater London), and grew up at 43 Cranmer Road, Forest Gate, West Ham, Essex (now Greater London).
Forbes trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts but did not complete his studies. After military service from 1945 to 1948, he played numerous supporting roles in British films including in 1955 The Colditz Story, alongside John Mills, as well as appearing on the stage, but was obliged to change his name by British Equity to avoid confusion with the adolescent actor John Clark. He began also to write for the screen, receiving his first full credit for The Cockleshell Heroes in 1955. Another noted screenplay of his from this period was for The League of Gentlemen in 1959, in which he also acted.
He formed a production company with his frequent collaborator Richard Attenborough… read more
Deft strokes and charming performances alternate with dull, redundant scenes in a film that could have been half as long. Falls somewhere between being a film for children, and a film about children for adults. The children’s strong and persistent conviction -- in no way fostered by the fugitive himself -- isn’t made convincing, unlike, say, Spirit of the Beehive or Forbidden Games, two films with similar scenarios.
A lot of dexterity behind all aspects of production here, including the younger members of the cast who manage to bring their central characters to life without a hitch. A rich, humanistic and thoughtful look at the naivety of youth, which continues to linger on the mind after what’s already a pleasing viewing in itself.