Lost Angel

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1943
  • Running time: 91 min
Margaret O’Brien plays an isolated child genius who sneaks out of her Institute of Child Psychology home for adventures in a wonderland called New York City. A little girl named Alpha (Margaret O’Brien) looks like a typical six-year-old. read more

Margaret O’Brien plays an isolated child genius who sneaks out of her Institute of Child Psychology home for adventures in a wonderland called New York City. A little girl named Alpha (Margaret O’Brien) looks like a typical six-year-old. But to the professors at Pickering Institute of Child Psychology, she’s an experiment: an orphan raised in isolation to be a genius. After breezy New York newsman Mike Regan (James Craig) interviews the prodigy and gets her thinking about life beyond ivy-clad walls, Alpha flees her lonely institutional “home” for adventure. The enterprising tot tracks Mike to a boxing match and soon gets involved with his job (covering a prison break), his love life (with a pretty nightclub nightingale) and – maybe – his future, if the irresponsible Mike ever realizes that what this lost angel needs is a great new dad. A year after her breakthrough role in Journey for Margaret, O’Brien “acts with the authority of a pint-sized Garbo” (John Douglas Eames, The MGM Story) in a sweet, savvy comedy all about discovering that the world is a mighty magical place.

Original Release

12/23/1943

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Cast

Margaret O'Brien Alpha
James Craig Mike Regan
Marsha Hunt Katie Mallory
Philip Merivale Professor Peter Vincent
Henry O'Neill Professor Josh Pringle
Donald Meek Professor Catty
Keenan Wynn Packy Roost
Alan Napier Dr. Woodring
Robert Blake Jerry (as Bobby Blake)
Barbara Bedford Telephone Operator (uncredited)
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Directors

Roy Rowland

Writers

Isobel Lennart, Angna Enters

Cast

Margaret O'Brien Alpha
James Craig Mike Regan
Marsha Hunt Katie Mallory
Philip Merivale Professor Peter Vincent
Henry O'Neill Professor Josh Pringle
Donald Meek Professor Catty
Keenan Wynn Packy Roost
Alan Napier Dr. Woodring
Robert Blake Jerry (as Bobby Blake)
Barbara Bedford Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Ava Gardner Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Mike Mazurki Fighter (uncredited)
Pauline Starke Bobby's Mother (uncredited)
Sara Haden Rhoda Kitterick
Kathleen Lockhart Mrs. Catty
Walter Fenner Professor Endicott
Howard Freeman Professor Richards
Elisabeth Risdon Mrs. Pringle
Eddie Acuff Policeman (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley Pepi (uncredited)

Producers

Robert Sisk Producer

Editors

Frank E. Hull

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