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The Gift of Love is a 1958 DeLuxe Color in CinemaScope film directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Lauren Bacall and Robert Stack.[2]

The Gift of Love
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Directed byJean Negulesco
Produced byCharles Brackett
Screenplay byLuther Davis
Based onThe Little Horse
(1944 Good Housekeeping story)
by Nelia Gardner White
StarringLauren Bacall
Robert Stack
Evelyn Rudie
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byHugh S. Fowler
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox
Release date
February 11, 1958
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film's screenplay was based on the short story "The Little Horse" by Nelia Gardner White, originally published in a 1944 issue of Good Housekeeping, and previously made into the film Sentimental Journey (1946), with John Payne and Maureen O'Hara.[3]


A brilliant scientist, Bill Beck (Stack), ends up happily married to Julie (Lauren Bacall), his doctor's receptionist. Five years after their wedding, the same doctor treats Julie for a heart condition that she decides to keep secret from her husband, who is doing serious work as a physicist developing guided missiles.

Not wishing him to be left alone if she dies, Julie suggests they adopt a child. An orphan called Hitty (Evelyn Rudie) has been rejected many times, but Julie takes a shine to her. Bill, a pragmatist, does not understand the little girl's fantasy world, and he is angered when Hitty, meaning well, erases a chalkboard, wiping out hours of Bill's hard work.

Bill's superior at work, Grant Allan (Lorne Greene), urges him to give the girl more patience and time, but the Becks believe it could be best that Hitty be returned to the orphanage. Julie's heart gives out. After her death, Hitty tries to win over her heartbroken foster father, but Bill is inconsolable.

Hitty is returned to the orphanage. She goes missing one night and is caught in a storm. Bill and Grant hurry there to assist in a search, and when they find Hitty and save her, Bill realizes he never wants to be apart from her again.


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  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p251
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