|All Mine to Give|
|Directed by||Allen Reisner|
|Produced by||Sam Wiesenthal|
|Written by||Dale Eunson (novel)|
|Screenplay by||Katherine Albert|
|Based on||The Day They Gave Babies Away (novel)|
|Narrated by||Rex Thompson|
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Cinematography||William V. Skall|
|Edited by||Bettie Mosher|
All Mine to Give (British title: The Day They Gave Babies Away) is a 1957 Technicolor melodrama film directed by Allen Reisner and starring Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, and Rex Thompson. When first one parent, then the other dies, six children have to look after themselves in the American west of the mid-19th century.
This story is based on a true-life story set in Wisconsin, based on an article The Day They Gave Babies Away by Dale Eunson and his wife, Katherine Albert, which first appeared in the December 1946 issue of Cosmopolitan.
A year later, the story would be published as a book with the same title. Original U.S. TV version The Day They Gave Babies Away, starring Brandon deWilde, aired on the CBS anthology show Climax! on December 22, 1955.
Robert and Mamie Eunson (Cameron Mitchell and Glynis Johns) are Scots who have just landed in America (the year is 1856), having been invited there by Mamie's uncle. They arrive in the tiny logging village of Eureka, only to be informed that the uncle has died when his cabin has been incinerated in a house fire. The Eunsons are assisted by the friendly locals in reconstructing the house and Robert takes to tipping timber.
Mamie is heavily pregnant upon their reaching Eureka; she delivers baby Robbie (Rex Thompson) soon after the cabin is completed. Robert first works for a logging camp as a lumberjack. He eventually wins over Tom Cullen (Alan Hale) the cruel Irish-American lumber-camp boss. Later Robert starts a successful boat building business and Mamie gives birth to five more children: Jimmy (Stephen Wootton), Kirk (Butch Bernard), Annabelle (Patty McCormack), Elizabeth (Yolanda White), and Jane (Terry Ann Ross).
The Eunsons are prospering and happy until little Kirk is diagnosed with diphtheria. Mamie and Kirk are quarantined while Robert takes the other children away. The boy recovers, but the goodbye kiss Kirk gave his Dadda before his departure proves fatal, and Robert succumbs. Mamie takes to working as a seamstress and Robbie becomes the man of the house. Things stabilize, but only briefly: tired and work-worn, Mamie contracts typhoid. Knowing she will not survive, she charges Robbie, her eldest, with finding good homes for his siblings, with families that have children, so they will not be lonely.
After Mamie's death, some of the townspeople wish to decide right away where the children should go. But Robbie and Jimmy ask for one more day, Christmas, together. The townspeople agree. But Robbie has a plan. He makes a list of families that would be appropriate, and, one by one, delivers his sisters to the homes he has chosen, realizing that they are unlikely to be turned down on Christmas. Jimmy takes Kirk to his new home. Stoic and resigned during the process, Robbie finally breaks down when he is alone and sees the tree outside the homestead where his father had carved the names of all of the children into the bark.
Finally, Jimmy and Robbie say an unsaid good-bye to each other and their home. Baby Jane is the last to be handed over — Robbie stands at the door of a house and asks the woman who answers, "Please, ma'am, I was wondering if you'd care to have my sister." Then he bravely goes off alone to work at the logging camp.
- Glynis Johns as Mamie
- Cameron Mitchell as Robert
- Rex Thompson as Robbie
- Patty McCormack as Annabelle
- Ernest Truex as Doctor Delbert
- Hope Emerson as Mrs. Pugmeister
- Alan Hale, Jr. as Tom Cullen (as Alan Hale)
- Sylvia Field as Lelia Delbert
- Royal Dano as Howard Tyler
- Reta Shaw as Mrs. Runyon
- Stephen Wootton as Jimmy
- Butch Bernard as Kirk
- Yolanda White as Elizabeth
- Rita Johnson as Katie Tyler
- Ellen Corby as Mrs. Raiden
- Rosalyn Boulter as Mrs. Stephens
- Francis De Sales as Mr. Stephens
- Jon Provost as Robbie Eunson - age 6