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Youth Runs Wild (1944)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  28 May 1945 (UK)
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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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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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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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28 May 1945 (UK)  »

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I parastratimeni  »

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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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Dutiful "warning" film for teens from, all of people, Val Lewton!
15 January 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

From producer Val Lewton comes this awkward, hardly bearable WWII mini-soap with teenagers at its center. Beginning with a rash of newspaper headlines exclaiming the downward spiral of the era's delinquent youth, Lewton and director Mark Robson focus on working-class teen sweethearts who live next door in a small town housing project: she's from a rowdy, low-class family yet is inexplicably wholesome, he's a straight arrow who gets into trouble with the law by trying to impress his girl. The unsympathetic nature of the girl's parents is very believable and well-portrayed, but the kids themselves and the other adults are poorly-cast and sketchily-written. There's some business at the beginning about an auto shop dealing in stolen goods, but it's as irrelevant as the salty chanteuse who gets the girl a job as a hostess. Reportedly a troubled production, with R.K.O. altering the finished product against Lewton's wishes (he considered at one point removing his name from the credits). It has to be seen to be believed! *1/2 from ****


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