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Not Wanted (1949)

 |  Drama  |  24 June 1949 (USA)
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After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keefe Brasselle ...
Leo Penn ...
Steve Ryan
Mrs. Aggie Kelton
Wheaton Chambers ...
Mr. Kelton
Rita Lupino ...
Audrey Farr ...
Carole Donne ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Stone
Ruthelma Stevens ...
Miss James
Virginia Mullen ...
Mrs. Banning, Infant's mother (as Virginia Mullin)
Marie Harmon ...
Roger Anderson ...
Bill Aikens
Gregg Barton ...
Charles Seel ...
Dr. Williams


Twentyish Sally Kelton is unhappy at home and in the drab town in which she lives, until she meets roving musician Steve Ryan. Sally falls for Steve, but to Steve, she's just another fling before he heads to another town. Sally decides to "pull up stakes" and heads on a bus to Steve's next stop. On the road, she meets Drew Baxter, owner of a gaseteria in the town where she's heading. Drew sets Sally up with a room at a local boarding house and a job at his business. Try as he might, Drew can't win Sally's heart from Steve, who has remained indifferent to Sally since her arrival. When Steve heads off to South America, Sally is even more despondent--especially after she learns that she's pregnant with his child. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Release Date:

24 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Rut  »

Box Office


$153,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ida Lupino took over directing chores after original director Elmer Clifton suffered a serious heart attack and was unable to complete the picture. Clifton, in fact, died shortly after the film's release. Several films he had directed before this one were not released until after his death, causing some confusion as to exactly what his final directorial effort was, but this film is it. See more »


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Taboo subject of yesteryear
10 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Depending on how old you are, you will understand why this film is very unusual and a taboo subject for the year 1949 in which it was made. Ida Lupino, although not taking credit, basically directed this film about an unhappy girl who gets mixed up with a loser who gets her pregnant and then leaves her hanging. Since this isn't a taboo subject today in society's eyes, a lot of people will probably miss the whole point of the film. Lupino was a genius--an accomplished actress, a producer, writer and screenwriter and director. She made this film, I believe to bring attention to all sides of the story about an unwed mother not knowing what to do. In my book I rate this film highly.

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