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Beware of Children (1960)

No Kidding (original title)
A young, married couple inherit an estate and decide to turn it into a summer camp for children.


Gerald Thomas


Norman Hudis (screenplay), Robin Estridge (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Phillips ... David Robinson
Geraldine McEwan ... Catherine Robinson
Julia Lockwood ... Fenella / 'Vanilla'
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Spicer
Noel Purcell ... Tandy
Joan Hickson ... Cook
June Jago June Jago ... Matron
Cyril Raymond ... Col. Matthews
Esma Cannon ... District Nurse
Alan Gifford ... Edgar Treadgold
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Mr. Rockbottom
Brian Oulton ... Vicar
Eric Pohlmann ... King (as Eric Pohlman)
Patricia Jessel ... Queen
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Will


A young, married couple inherit an estate and decide to turn it into a summer camp for children.

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Release Date:

April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


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Music by Edwin Astley
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Amiable British Company
4 June 2003 | by sep1051See all my reviews

Before they concentrated on the Carry On franchise, producer Peter Rogers, director Gerald Thomas, write Norman Hudis, composer Bruce Montgomery et al made a series of comedies such as "No Kidding". David (Leslie Phillips) and Catherine (Geraldine McEwan) Robinson inherit Chartham Place, a large country home, and convert it into a holiday home for rich children. The children come from a cross section of families but, in general, all suffer neglect from their bust parents. They include an arrogant American brother and sister, the son of a social climbing scrap merchant, two sons of a Middle East King, two daughters of African politicans, the daughter of a Duke, a boy with a seriously ill mother and a sexy teenager with a vivid imagination (Julia Lockwood). As with comedies of this genre there is minimal plot. Christine encourages the children's "freedom", obviously until freedom goes too far. A matron (June Jago) feuds with the drunken cook (Joan Hickson, enjoying herself immensely) who, in turn, is abetted by the caretaker (Noel Purcell). An officious alderwoman (Irene Handl) has an eye on the property for a community center. Given these acting professionals the acting is good across the board. Geraldine McEwan shows the greatest range and its a pity that she isn't better known in North America. Overall this comedy can be recommended, it may not have belly laughs but will bring many smiles.

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