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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Dunn ...
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Ziggy Brennan
William Marshall ...
CPO Martin J. 'Mart' Neilson
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Natalie Brennan
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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 ...
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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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A sweet story about a young girl who, in spite of a bad start, changes her life.
6 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Raised by a flamboyant and irresponsible mother, Ziggy Brennan (played by Mona Freeman) gets involved in hustling men at a young age. She hangs around with a wild crowd and learns gets her "street smarts" first from her mother (who wants everyone to think they are sisters) then from an older man. He starts teaching her his tricks of the trade and she falls right in line with his crooked ways. Then one night she meets a tall, handsome, honest farmer boy who's a soldier and they fall in love. While he's away fighting the war, she discovers she's pregnant.

I won't say more so as not to spoil it. But I found the ethics that this film teaches to be something sorely missing in our films nowadays. Suffice it to say that even though she goes through some heartbreaking experiences, she reforms her ways and there is a happy ending.

Probably not a film that most young people would enjoy. Not any action and some parts drag a bit, but it's Frank Capra type of message left me with a good feeling. Baby-boomers will most likely love it.


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