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Genre Drama
Running Time 102 min
MPAA rating Unrated
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A Child Is Waiting

Music teacher Jean Hansen (Judy Garland) works with children at a state mental hospital. Although often at odds with the autocratic director, Dr. Matthew Clark (Burt Lancaster), about teaching methods, she quickly bonds with her students, particularly 12-year-old Reuben (Bruce Ritchey), whose parents, Sophie (Gena Rowlands) and Ted (Steven Hill), left the boy at the institution following their divorce. As the students practice for a Thanksgiving pageant, Jean questions the parents' decision.

Starring
Burt Lancaster Dr. Matthew Clark
Judy Garland Jean Hansen
Gena Rowlands Sophie Widdicombe
Steven Hill Ted Widdicombe
Bruce Ritchey Reuben Widdicombe
Gloria McGehee Mattie
Paul Stewart Goodman
Lawrence Tierney Douglas Benham
Elizabeth Wilson Miss Fogarty
Barbara Pepper Miss Brown

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