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Not Wanted (1949)

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

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

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 <DanNGM@aol.com>

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24 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Rut  »

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Budget:

$153,000 (estimated)
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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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I'd love to know if Lupino directed the really good parts or the really stupid parts.
17 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Not Wanted" is clearly an exploitation film intended to scare the crap out of young ladies. It's not as over the top of sleazy as most of the exploitation movies--more well intentioned yet dumb. Now as far as the dumb goes, it's hard to properly ascribe blame, as the production had two directors--Elmer Clifton and Ida Lupino. Lupino took over the film after Clifton had a heart attack and you wonder what his original vision had been as well as hers. Why? Because I want to know who to blame--especially for Sally Forest's bizarre overacting.

The film begins with an obviously mentally disturbed lady, Sally (Sally Forest), impulsively stealing a baby! At the police station, after she's been caught, you see a long extended flashback to show how she's gotten to this state. Sally wanted a musician and foolishly ignored every possible warning side. Ultimately, she gets pregnant and goes to a home for unwed mothers so that she can have the baby...and she ultimately gives it up for adoption. But there is MUCH more in between...including some really fine scenes as well as Sally inexplicably fainting repeatedly (this is NOT what happens when you are an unwed mother), some overacting as well as a sloppily inserted bit of stock footage of a Caesarian. Overall, one of the most uneven films I've ever seen---some is very well done, the rest is pretty crappy. Who's to blame, I have no idea but sadly instead of being a good film about teen pregnancy, it's one where you are shocked at how brain dead the main character behaves.


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