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Adventure in Baltimore (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 19 April 1949 (USA)
The liberated daughter of a 1905 minister innocently starts a scandal.



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Complete credited cast:
Albert Sharpe ...
Mr. Fletcher
Mrs. Sheldon
Mr. Steuben
Gene Sheldon
Mr. Eckert
Carol Brannon ...
Bernice Eckert (as Carol Brannan)
Fred Beehouse
Mrs. Eckert
Sis Sheldon
Gregory Marshall ...
Mark Sheldon
Patsy Creighton ...
Sally Wilson


In 1905, teenaged Dinah Sheldon is an aspiring artist and budding suffragette. This is sufficiently scandalous, though her minister father takes a more lenient view. But her imaginative painting, showing a young male friend with exposed chest and (ahem) limbs, really blows the roof off. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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19 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baltimore Escapade  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


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Narrator: [voice over narration] What could be more symbolic of America than the modern American schoolgirl? Intelligent, restrained, dignified and...
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Where's the adventure?
26 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Mild sitcom, from a story by Christopher Isherwood of all people, about a pastor's rebellious daughter in the stuffy upper-middle-class Baltimore of 1905. Though it's handsomely photographed, there's no Baltimore atmosphere here; it could as easily be Milwaukee or St. Louis, and in fact, the strong-family-ties theme, aggressive nostalgia, boy-next-door puppy love, and sleeve-tugging sentimentality play like a less well-written "Meet Me in St. Louis." Robert Young, top-billed and with a mustache and silly hair, does a tolerable warmup for "Father Knows Best"; he furrows his brow a lot and makes pronouncements. (But the height of the plot arc, in which he delivers a give-'em-hell sermon to his hypocritical congregation, is unaccountably omitted from the script.) The only real surprise of the movie is how amazingly uninteresting a 21-year-old Shirley Temple is. She simpers, she searches for her key light to be never anything but as attractive as possible, she tries to convey adolescent feistiness, but her line readings are monotonously alike, and she has no inner life. Nor is it wise to pair her with then-husband John Agar, in what's essentially the Tom Drake role; he's as dull as Tom Drake. The script puts the two through some very contrived roadblocks on the road to love, including a hard-to-believe episode of her unintentionally instigating a riot, a harder-to-believe one of him reading a speech of hers out loud and forgetting to change the pronouns, and an unpalatable one of her lying to him about painting his portrait. I wouldn't even root for such a selfish young miss. RKO must have figured, well, she's Shirley Temple, the audience will be on her side no matter what. I wasn't, and while the denouement is rushed to the point of incoherence, I wasn't sorry to see this one end.

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