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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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It's Timely! It's Exploitable! The story of a "lost generation" - the boys and girls who grew up in the termoil of a world struggle! 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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For the Curiosity Seeker
5 February 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few teen-age problem movies made during the war years of the early 1940's. Of course, the main problem most young males faced was surviving the horrors of Guadalcanal to D-Day to Iwo Jima, and naturally everything else paled in comparison. Nonetheless, there was a younger generation still in highschool and it's their often overlooked homefront problems that the movie dramatizes. As other reviewers indicate, despite the good intentions, it's not a very good movie, done cheaply, and pretty tame by today's freewheeling standards.

Still and all, it's an excellent little capsule for glimpsing the social mores of that long ago time when boys kissed girls on the cheek, teens gathered at the malt shop, and stealing tires was the height of wanton behavior. As might be expected, the solutions are pretty pat. If kids 'run wild' it's because Mom and Dad are busy at the production plant, while older siblings are caught up in the war. It's also illustrative that teenage Sara's reputation is damaged as the indirect result of gas rationing, at the same time that battered used tires fetch as much as diamonds.

Anyway, the acting is surprisingly good for a low budget production, while Lawrence Tierney's strong presence clearly qualifies for bigger and better things. Then too, it's not surprising that this little oddity came from the production crew of horror-specialist Val Lewton who in a tragically brief career specialized in the offbeat and unusual. It might be interesting-- in passing-- for a cultural researcher to compare this film with 1986's teen film "River's Edge" for a startling look at how times have have indeed changed. Worth a look for the curiosity seeker.


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