Innocent Sinners

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Innocent Sinners
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British theatrical poster
Directed by Philip Leacock
Screenplay by Neil Paterson
Rumer Godden
Based onnovel by Rumer Godden
Produced by Hugh Stewart
Starring Flora Robson
David Kossoff
Susan Beaumont
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Music by Philip Green
Production
company
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • 25 March 1958 (1958-03-25)(London, UK)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Innocent Sinners is a 1958 British black and white film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Flora Robson. [1]

Contents

It was based on the 1955 novel An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden. [2]

Plot

Olivia Chesney is too sick to leave home, somewhere in Battersea in London, but waves out of her window to various neighbours.

These include Lovejoy (June Archer) who is a neglected young girl in post-war London who finds solace in the secret garden which she creates on a bomb site.

Her motivations are mixed: she buys grass seed using borrowed money, and steals a net from a baby's pram to use to protect the seed growing. She steals money from the candle box in the church in order to buy a garden fork.

Lovejoy is being raised by the Vincents. Mr Vincent is a waiter in a posh restaurant and is very kind to Lovejoy. Her mother seems to have a dubious lifestyle when she visits Lovejoy, and she has "male callers" such as Col Baldcock who Lovejoy is asked to address as "uncle Francis". Mr Vincent asks her to leave.

A gang of young boys destroy Lovejoy's garden. One boy (Tip) returns her garden fork to her and suggests a better site: a bombed out church. They become friends. He makes her pay "penance" for stealing money from the church.

Mr Vincent buys two special plates to serve dessert on, but his wife chastises him, as they have bills to pay.

Meanwhile a couple are planning to restore the bombed church. A woman gives Lovejoy a shilling in the church and is impressed when she puts it straight into the candle box (as part of her penance).

The couple go to Vincent's restaurant to eat. They give Lovejoy a ride in their car and give her a miniature rose to plant in her garden. Olivia tries to help.

An old man gives Lovejoy some seedlings as it is too late to plant seeds. Her friend steals earth from the local park (much to the annoyance of the adults).

On a rainy night Tip brings Sparkey to the park to steal earth. Lovejoy gets arrested with the boys.

The police are aware that Lovejoy's mother is not around (she has actually gone to Canada and got married but doesn't want Lovejoy to follow).

The Vincents get into serious financial trouble and have to give Lovejoy away to the home, but Lovejoy runs off.

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References

  1. "Innocent Sinners (1958)".
  2. Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN   9783110951943 via Google Books.