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Youth Runs Wild (1944)

Passed | | Drama | 28 May 1945 (UK)
During WWII, adults are either off fighting or busy in the factories, so juvenile delinquency becomes a major problem back home. Danny Hauser, a wounded soldier, finds this out as he ... See full summary »

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Danny Coates
Jean Brooks ...
Mary Hauser Coates
Glen Vernon ...
Frank 'Frankie' Hauser (as Glenn Vernon)
Vanessa Brown ...
Sarah Taylor (as Tessa Brind)
Ben Bard ...
Mr. Taylor
Mary Servoss ...
Mrs. Cora Hauser
Arthur Shields ...
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Larry Duncan
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Georgie Dunlop
Johnny Walsh ...
Herb Vigero
Rod Rodgers ...
Rocky
Elizabeth Russell ...
Mrs. Mabel Taylor
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During WWII, adults are either off fighting or busy in the factories, so juvenile delinquency becomes a major problem back home. Danny Hauser, a wounded soldier, finds this out as he returns and three young boys are promptly placed in the care of him and his wife by the court after some hooliganism. How to keep them straight? Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The Truth about Modern Youth! It will ASTONISH you! It will AMAZE you! It will ELECTRIFY you! (original poster) See more »

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Because RKO re-cut Val Lewton's original version and eliminated several scenes, many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Margaret Landry (Hysterical Girl), Joan Blair (Mrs. Loring), Molly Lamont (Mrs. Webster), Dorothy Malone (Girl in Booth), Daun Kennedy (Girl in Booth), Mike Road (Boy with Toddy), Donald Kerr (Member of Horse Act), Les Clark (Member of Horse Act), Gordon Jones (Truck Driver), Harry Harvey (Watchman), Jack Gargan (Man at Shooting Gallery) and Don Dillaway (Drunk). Some other more obscure cast members may also have been cut. See more »

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Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »

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Baa! Baa! Black Sheep
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Just awful---you'd never suspect this was a Val Lewton production nor that he is heralded as a genius!
5 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1940s, Val Lewton made quite a name for himself as a producer of low budget horror films. These weren't the traditional vampire or monster films, but instead focused more on psychological tension in order to hide the fact that the budgets didn't allow for fancy makeup. RKO did quite well with these films and today many "in the know" see Lewton as a great filmmaker.

Well, I guess even the best of them sometimes have a disappointing film, but WOW was this a B-I-G disappointment. It bore none of the earmarks of a Lewton film and instead had a painfully bad script with occasionally horrid acting. In addition, the plot had a very moralistic stance about kids running amok while the parents are working in defense plants during the war--but it also offered no answers and the kids in the film seemed ridiculously unrealistic and stupid. For example, the two leading characters are supposed to be nice young adults, but every time a degenerate tells them to do something shady they walk right into it like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm!! Can any teens be THAT stupid and still be called "good kids".

Even for a B-picture, this trite film is bad--really bad. And I also suspect if it didn't have Lewton's magic name associated with it, the rating would be even lower than a dismal 4.2. And, viewers might have been tempted to seek out the writers and hang them!!! Avoid this like the plague unless you have serious ambitions of seeing all of Lewton's films--even the very bad ones.

By the way, for the "Lewtonites" out there, you'll see several familiar faces that showed up in other Lewton films--not just Kent Smith but Elizabeth Russell as well.


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