In 1850s England, chimney sweep Tom is blamed for a crime he didn’t commit. A rich girl named Ellie knows the truth and tries to help Tom, to no avail. When he attempts to escape, he falls into Dead Man’s Pool, and everyone’s convinced he’s a goner.
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2.4 stars. Undoubtedly cheap and cheerful but not completely without its charms, inc. James Mason at his hammiest. Certainly less dour than the Victorian book, which scared me as a child, though the animation has the washed-out quality typical of Polish animation of the period. Oddly, it is a film with some really excellent transitions inc. clever graphical matches using almost abstract animation! High Cockalorum!