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Youth Runs Wild (1944)

Passed  -  Drama  -  1 September 1944 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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'Toddy' Jones
Kent Smith ...
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 ...
Mr. Dunlop
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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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A STORY THAT FAIRLY EXPLODES IN YOUR FACE (original poster - all caps) 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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Jingle Bells
(1857)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a cappella by an off-screen child in the day care center
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My brief review of the film
1 November 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An unusual entry from horror producer Val Lewton and his team, it is not a very good film, but at least it paints a picture of the 1940s and existing attitudes at the time reasonably well. The messages of the film are unsubtle and heavy-handed, the music choices are tiresome, and the characters are utterly simple. It is downbeat, rather predictable and quite dreary to watch. If assessing why youths turn rebellious sounds appealing, 'Rebel without a Cause' comes recommended instead. This is not quite a terrible film, with some performances that are arguably earnest, but it is not nearly a good one either, and is best recommended just to fans of Val Lewton who are interested in some of his lesser known productions.


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