Cinema: Import, Apr. 2, 1951

The Magnet [J. Arthur Rank; Universal) is a slow, pleasant British comedy that examines the mind of a ten-year-old boy. Like the boy in The Fallen Idol, The Magnet's hero (William Fox) is the victim of his childishly dramatized interpretation of overheard conversations and the mysterious conduct of adults. While the police look for him to give him a medal for an unwitting civic good deed, he fears that he is being hunted down as a thief and possibly a murderer. His psychiatrist father (Stephen Murray) smugly assures his worried wife (Kay Walsh) that their son's suddenly queer actions indicate a...

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