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(1943)

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Feature film debut of Natalie Wood.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 10, 1944 with Don Ameche and Frances Dee reprising their film roles.
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Many of the adult actors lived well beyond normal life expectancy for those of their generation. Of the main characters, Frances Dee and Ann Rutherford lived the longest, both passing away at age 94. Dee passed away in 2004 and Rutherford in 2012, while Don Ameche passed away at age 85 in 1993. Richard Crane was not as long lived, passing away at age 50 in 1969. In a parallel to the film, both screen parents outlived the actor that played their son.

Of the other main credited adult supporting actors, Cara Williams born in 1925 is still alive at age 91 as of 2017, Adeline De Walt Reynolds lived to age 98, passing away in 1961, and Harry Morgan, lived to age 96, passing away in 2011.
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Cara Williams and Harry Morgan both had supporting roles as friends of Rusty but never shared screen time. Both would go on 17 years later as the leads in _"Pete and Gladys" (1960)_ for 2 seasons.
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As of the November 10, 1943 release date, husband Don Ameche was 35 years old, and wife Frances Dee was 33 years old. Son Richard Crane was 25 years old and son's girlfriend Ann Rutherford was 26 years old. Ameche and Dee at 10 and 8 years older respectively than Crane were both too young to be Crane's parents.
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