Marian Rose White is placed in a State Home for the feeble-minded by her uncaring mother when her father dies. She is a young teenager and there is nothing wrong with her except for some ... See full summary »
I came across this movie while channel surfing one night on a Cable station that runs mostly infomercials and "Love That Bob" reruns. This movie has been poorly preserved or was cheaply shot to begin with. The scenes, including the sunny outdoor ones, are very very dark. The interiors for some scenes can barely be made out. The sound track is corrupted. I kept watching because one of the shadows seemed to resemble Valerie Perrine. She wasn't in shadow at the time, but the poor quality of the projection made her appear very dark. Nancy Cartwright (more known for her cartoon voices; most notably Bart Simpson's) stars as Marion Rose White. Marion's father has died and her mother (Valerie Perrine) has difficulty handling Marion. Marion's near blindness makes her clumsy and she is extremely awkward in any situation thus getting her kicked out of all schools -- public and parochial. In desperation, Mom has Marion committed to a school for the feeble-minded. Katharine Ross is a nurse who sees immediately that Marion is quite intelligent. She recognizes Marion's abilities, but is unable to save her from the harshness of the institution.