Careful, He Might Hear You

Wallowing in second-rate melodrama, CAREFUL, HE MIGHT HEAR YOU is, unfortunately, a half-superb film. The successful half features six-year-old Gledhill as a wide-eyed lad who lives in the depression-era home of Nevin and Whitford. The boy is really the son of Nevin's sister, who died during childbirth. Gledhill is given a nickname--"P.S."--because he was...read more

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Wallowing in second-rate melodrama, CAREFUL, HE MIGHT HEAR YOU is, unfortunately, a half-superb film. The successful half features six-year-old Gledhill as a wide-eyed lad who lives in the depression-era home of Nevin and Whitford. The boy is really the son of Nevin's sister, who died

during childbirth. Gledhill is given a nickname--"P.S."--because he was an postscript to his mother's life. The dreaded day, when a third sister (Hughes) returns from a global vacation and requests custody of Gledhill, finally arrives. An extremely wealthy and beautiful woman, Hughes calls for the

boy in a chauffeur-driven limousine and showers him with presents. Nevin agrees to allow Hughes partial custody, but eventually a court battle takes place. Matters are further complicated by the arrival of Gledhill's long-absent father (Hargreaves), a drinker who takes a genuine liking to the boy

but can't commit himself to bringing him up. Gledhill is the film's saving grace. A joy to watch, he prevents the film from drowning in its tangled plot and melodramatic leanings. The performers are all noteworthy, especially Hughes, but they are trapped by the script.

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