This treacly Depression-era period piece nonetheless tugs the heartstrings and is recommended for enthusiasts of The Family Channel. In its favor is a steel story-spine concerning the subjects of parental loss and the helplessness of orphans in determining their own fates.
Impoverished but proud, the Murphy family deals together with life's vicissitudes until the day a freak fire caused by a gas jet wipes out the parents. Due to a death-bed promise to his pa, older Murphy brother Michael (Will Ester) assumes responsibility for younger sibling John (Keegan MacIntosh)
even as they come to grips with orphanage regulations. Despite assurances from parish priest Fath...