Scandal at Scourie

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Scandal at Scourie
Directed byJean Negulesco
Produced byEdwin H. Knopf
Written byNorman Corwin
Leonard Spigelgass
Karl Tunberg
Based onGood Boy
1951 Good Housekeeping
by Mary McSherry[1]
StarringGreer Garson
Walter Pidgeon
Donna Corcoran
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyRobert H. Planck
Edited byFerris Webster
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 17, 1953 (1953-05-17)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,625,000[2]

Scandal at Scourie is a 1953 American drama Technicolor film directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon "above the title", and co-starring Donna Corcoran. Garson and Pidgeon were together for the 8th and last time in this movie, which was filmed on location in Canada.


Greer Garson in Scandal at Scourie trailer.JPG

Catholic girl Patsy (Donna Corcoran) lives in an orphanage in Quebec. After the orphanage burns down due to Patsy's accidentally knocking over a lamp, she finds a new home with the McChesney couple, who live in Protestant Ottawa. While Victoria McChesney (Greer Garson) is excited about the new family member, Patrick McChesney (Walter Pidgeon) reacts reluctantly as he was uninformed of the adoption, and is also a candidate for the Parliament in Ottawa. After Victoria overcomes a case of mycetism caused by Patsy collecting poisonous mushrooms, Patsy is suspected of causing the flame cleaning of the local school. The examination of the case finds no concrete evidence against Patsy. McChesney declares to give up his candidature in order to accept Patsy as his daughter. Patsy, however, flees. In the meantime, her innocence is proven. Patsy is found again and accepted in the McChesney home as their daughter.



According to MGM records the film earned $783,000 in the US and Canada and $842,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $333,000.[2]


Scandal at Scourie was the last of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. The others were;


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  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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