Jodie Foster is the young petty thief Casey Brown, who teams up with con man Harry (Leo McKern) in this fun Disney comedy. Harry thinks there’s some treasure stashed at the Candleshoe estate in England, so he enlists Casey to pose as the long-lost granddaughter of Lady Gwendolen (Helen Hayes), matriarch of the manor. Of course, once Casey arrives, she’s torn between abetting Harry and helping the butler (Niven) save the estate, which is in financial trouble.
Foster’s final family film for Disney, this is a good old-fashioned yarn, bolstered by a winning, tomboyish performance from Jodie and a tongue-in-cheek one from Niven, whose character has also been disguising himself as the gardener and chauffeur to keep Lady Gwendolen from realising the estate is in jeopardy.
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