The Wonder Kid (1950)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - Australia, Austria, UK  |  
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The old one about the much-exploited child prodigy is given a new coat of paint in the English-Austrian Entfuhrag ins Gluck (Wonder Child). Bobby Henrey, the amazing juvenile star of The Fallen Idol, is here cast as 7-year-old musical genius Sebastian Giro. Mistreated by his avaricious adult manager, Sebastian runs away to a remote Alpine village. He then falls into the hands of a gang of kidnappers, led by the basically sympathetic Jack (Robert Shackleton). Eventually seeing the error of his ways, Jack and his girlfriend Anni (Christa Winter) protect Sebastian against the homicidal intentions of the other crooks (one of whom is played by a young Oskar Werner). Though the film was produced in Austria, the dialogue was spoken in English--then redubbed into German.

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child, genius, prodigy, runaway [from home], kidnapping, musical [play]