The film begins on Mother's Day, 1938 when 14-year-old Ziggy Brennan (Mona Freeman buys a gardenia for her mother. Ziggy's youthful exuberance disappears when she enters their apartment and... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Dunn ...
Mona Freeman ...
Ziggy Brennan
William Marshall ...
CPO Martin J. 'Mart' Neilson
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Natalie Brennan
Frank Jenks ...
Joe the Cabbie
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. Reagan, Denny's Mother
Charles Arnt ...
Fred, Natalie's 2nd Husband
Rosalind Ivan ...
Mrs. Merryman the Nosey Landlady
Fay Helm ...
Helen, Ziggy's Neighbor
Bill Kennedy ...
Arthur, Helen's Husband
Connie Leon ...
Miss Jane, Merryman Resident
Edythe Elliott ...
Miss Unity, Jane's Sister
Sarah Padden ...
Mrs. Graves, the Nice Landlady
Jean Stevens ...
Dottie, Natalie's Friend
Lucien Littlefield ...
The Florist
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The film begins on Mother's Day, 1938 when 14-year-old Ziggy Brennan (Mona Freeman buys a gardenia for her mother. Ziggy's youthful exuberance disappears when she enters their apartment and finds her mother, Natalie (June Duprez), drinking with a strange man. Natalie introduces Ziggy as her "sister" and quietly cautions Ziggy against calling her "mother." Later, dispensing some motherly-advice, Natalie tells Ziggy that if she learns all the tricks, she'll never have to work for a living. Ziggy goes right out and applies parts of this advice by stealing a valuable lapel pin from a fellow high-school student, and is promptly expelled from school. About five years later, Ziggy has made progress and meets Denny Reagan (James Dunn), who persuades her to go into his racket. Ziggy's role is to telephone people who are planning to move and make arrangements to provide a truck to move the furniture. The departing truck is the last that the owners see of their furniture as it is taken to a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's the fiery Adela Rogers St. Johns story of the flaming forties. (original poster) See more »

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Last film directed by Alfred Santell. See more »

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Underrated movie.
25 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film last night on Youtube and it's remarkably good. Mona Freeman gives a stunning performance as Ziggy, the young and troubled heroine of the movie.

This is the kind of part that somebody like Jean Simmons or even Audrey Hepburn might have fitted well into. And Mona Freeman's acting here stands up to anything they might have done in the part. The rest of the cast are equally fine. Had this movie been made by one of the bigger studios of the day it would,I think, have been better none. It certainly deserves to be better none as it's definitely more than a B picture.


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