A Child Is Waiting

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Released 1963

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Director:
John Cassavetes
Released:
1963
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A Child Is Waiting is the story of Jean Hansen (Judy Garland), a former aspiring concert pianist who joins the staff of Crawthorne State Mental Hospital as the music teacher. From the very start, she finds herself clashing with the director of the facility, Dr. Matthew Clark (Burt Lancaster), because of his tough love policy for students and teachers alike. Soon after her arrival, Jean develops an emotional attachment to a particular student, a twelve-year-old boy by the name of Reuben Widdicombe (Bruce Ritchey). She becomes convinced that this mentally disadvantaged child's attitude could be improved by a visit from his parents: they have not visited since enrolling him at the school. The Widdicombe marriage ended in divorce after placing their son at the school. Later, Jean is working with the students to put on a Thanksgiving pageant in which Reuben has a part. Reuben's father, Ted (Steven Hill), appears shortly before the Thanksgiving festivities having decided to enroll Reuben in a private school, but Ted gets to see his son recite a poem during the pageant, and his son's reaction to the applause of the audience. Having witnessed this, Ted decides to leave Reuben with Dr. Clark, thereby showing Jean how she may be of best service to her students.moreless
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