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Robert Stevenson (1) (1905–1986)

Author of Mary Poppins [1964 film]

For other authors named Robert Stevenson, see the disambiguation page.

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Image credit: Robert Stevenson 1905-1986

Works by Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins [1964 film] (1964) — Director — 1,285 copies
Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1971 film] (1971) — Director — 414 copies
Old Yeller [1957 film] (1957) — Director — 148 copies
The Love Bug [1968 film] (1968) — Director — 144 copies
Darby O'Gill and the Little People [1959 film] (1959) — Director — 135 copies
That Darn Cat! [1965 film] (1993) — Director — 123 copies
4-Movie Collection: Disney Herbie (2012) — Director — 77 copies
The Absent-Minded Professor [1961 film] (1961) — Director — 73 copies
Blackbeard's Ghost [1968 film] (1968) — Director — 73 copies
Herbie Rides Again [1974 film] (1974) — Director — 72 copies
Jane Eyre [1943 film] (1943) — Director — 62 copies
In Search of the Castaways [1962 film] (1970) — Director — 48 copies
Johnny Tremain [1957 film] (1997) — Director — 47 copies
The Shaggy D.A. [1976 film] (1976) — Director — 36 copies
The Gnome-Mobile [1967 film] (1967) — Director — 28 copies
Kidnapped [1959 film] (1959) — Director/Screenwriter — 26 copies
The Island at the Top of the World [1974 film] (2004) — Director — 26 copies
Son of Flubber [1963 film] (1963) — Director — 19 copies
My Dog, the Thief [1969 film] (2006) — Director — 10 copies
4-Movie Collection: Disney Dogs 1 (2013) — Director — 10 copies
Dishonoured Lady [1947 film] (2000) — Director — 10 copies
The Monkey's Uncle [1965 film] — Director — 6 copies
Tom Brown's School Days [1940 film] (1940) — Director — 5 copies
Walk Softly, Stranger [1950 film] (1950) — Director — 3 copies
To the Ends of the Earth [1948 film] — Director — 1 copy
The Liberty Story [1957 TV episode] (1957) — Director — 1 copy
Joan of Paris [1942 film] (1942) — Director — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Stevenson, Robert Edward
Date of death
Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK
Place of death
Santa Barbara, California, USA
film director



“Just do one thing for me. Belong to me.” — Joseph Cotten to Alida Valli

Something soft and wistful hangs over this neglected RKO gem starring Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli like a misty sea smoke. A warmth and maturity can be felt as we are slowly drawn in to this story of second chances. Rather than being a straightforward crime drama, it is instead a quiet drama with crime. Rather than the focal point being a crime, with romance as a background, it is a romance intruded upon by a past deed; an intrusion on a life being made in the present, by a life that was in the recent past. A subdued richness and restrained, underplayed performances by both Cotten and Valli add a sense of truth and realism.

Chris Hale (Joeseph Cotten) comes to the town of Ashton and finds a kind soul in Spring Byington. Byington gives a wonderful performance as a sweet lady whose son was killed in the war. Despite the fact that Cotten’s character sort of ingratiates himself into her life and that of the town, the viewer senses an underlying goodness in him. Valli gives a lovely performance full of softness as Elaine, the wealthiest girl in Ashton. She has been restricted to a wheel chair after a skiing accident. Director Robert Stevenson and Alida Valli create a tenderness the viewer can feel as her loneliness is gradually replaced by unexpected hope of life and love which is not restricted to the pages of the books she inhabits.

Chris is a gambler so good he’s run out of places to play, his only option to rob a gambling house with his partner on a weekend away from Ashton. You can sense the change in him as Elaine pushes him away because she feels she cannot offer him what he needs. But second thoughts can’t keep the owner of the casino he and his partner robbed from finding him. Once he tells Elaine, he must try to set things straight. It is uncertain until the final shot whether life will give them both a second chance to be loved, and have the life together neither could have apart.

TV icon Jack Parr has a small role as a work pal of Hale’s in this David O. Selznick film. Spring Byington is marvelous in support. Cotten and Valli actually made this film prior to their turn together in The Third Man, but Howard Hughes, who had taken the reins of RKO, didn’t release it until the aforementioned film’s popularity had everybody talking about it, and the three stars of it — including of course, Orson Welles.

Walk Softly, Stranger is a quiet film full of tenderness and maturity. Those expecting gritty crime or romantic fireworks will be sorely disappointed. But those who enjoy something with a richer and more realistic picture of life and love will find a soft spot in their hearts for this one. A fine film.
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Matt_Ransom | 1 other review | Nov 30, 2023 |
Mr Banks is looking for a nanny for his two mischievous children and comes across Mary Poppins, an angelic nanny. She not only brings a change in their lives but also spreads happiness.

Source: TMDB
aptrvideo | 6 other reviews | Nov 14, 2023 |
2022 movie #204. 1950. 2-bit hood (Cotten) returns to his home town to look up his high school crush (Valli), local rich girl, now in a wheelchair. But he decides to help a crony in 1 last heist ruining everything he might have had with her. Pretty good, except for the ending.
capewood | 1 other review | Dec 17, 2022 |
Best story of loyalty and friendship
eraj-riaz18 | Sep 5, 2022 |



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Ned Glass Actor
Donald McKayle Choreographer
Mary Norton Original book
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Frank Phillips Director of photography
Joe Flynn Actor
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Esther Forbes Original book
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George Barnes Cinematographer
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