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Heart of a Child is a 1958 British drama film adapted from a book written by Phyllis Bottome, directed by Clive Donner.[1] It stars Jean Anderson and Donald Pleasence.[2]

Heart of a Child
"Heart of a Child" (1958).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed byClive Donner
Produced byAlfred Shaughnessy
Written byLeigh Vance
Based onnovel by Phyllis Bottome
StarringJean Anderson
Donald Pleasence
Music byBruce Montgomery
CinematographyPeter Hennessy
Edited byJohn Trumper
Beaconsfield Productions
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
April 1958
Running time
73 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


During wartime rationing, Karl, a young Austrian boy, is beaten by his father, Spiel, who threatens to sell the boy's St. Bernard dog to the butcher to pay for food for the family. However, much to the father's fury, Karl sells the dog himself to a kindly veterinarian. The dog, with the help of Maria, a spinster, then rescues Karl after he is trapped in a snowstorm. Maria ends up marrying the vet, and Karl's father ends up letting Karl keep the dog.



  1. ^ "Heart of a Child (1958)". BFI.
  2. ^ Tana Hobart. "Heart of a Child (1958) - Clive Donner - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.

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