All Mine to Give (1957): Family Drama about Children’s Responsibility and Survival

Fact-inspired, All Mine to Give is an emotionally touching family melodrama, with a positive message about survival and older children’s responsibility to their younger siblings.

All Mine to Give
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When both of their parents (played by Glynis Johns and Cameron Mitchell) tragically die young, six children, headed by the eldest one (Rex Thompson) have to look after themselves in the American west of the mid-19th century.

The movie is based on a true-life story set in Wisconsin, published as an article, The Day They Gave Babies Away, by Dale Eunson and his wife, Katherine Albert, which appeared in the December 1946 issue of Cosmopolitan.

A year later, the story was published as a book with the same title.

The U.S. TV version The Day They Gave Babies Away, starring Brandon de Wilde, aired on the CBS anthology show Climax! on December 22, 1955.

Eunson and his wife Katherine also wrote the script for the movie adaptation.

The exteriors were filmed in Big Bear, California and Mt. Hood, Oregon.


Directed by Allen Reisner
Written by Dale Eunson, novel

Screenplay: Eunson and Katherine Albert, based on The Day They Gave Babies Away (novel) and Cosmopolitan (1946)
Produced by Sam Wiesenthal
Narrated by Rex Thompson
Cinematography William V. Skall
Edited by Bettie Mosher
Music by Max Steiner
Production company: RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed by Universal-International
Release date: November 13, 1957
Running time: 103 minutes