5.4/10
254
16 user 3 critic

The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

College students Andy Shaeffer and Susan Daniels are pinned. While Susan works hard to put herself through college, Andy sponges off his parents, his mother, Madeline Shaeffer, who in ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When Trace Jordan's brother is murdered by members of the land-grabbing Sutton family he vows to report this injustice to the nearest Army fort.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Skip Homeier
Cash McCall (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A deranged man kidnaps the nubile daughter of a police captain.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Anderson, Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Susan Kohner
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie... See full summary »

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Claire Trevor
Drama | War | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Toward the end of World War II, two American soldiers fighting in Southern France become romantically involved with a young, American woman. Her background will reveal more about them than her.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An amnesiac wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: James Garner, Jean Simmons, Suzanne Pleshette
One Desire (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In early 1900s, an Oklahoma gambler-casino dealer teams-up with a saloon dancer and together they seek a new life in a Colorado mining town where their relationship and respectability are tested.

Director: Jerry Hopper
Stars: Anne Baxter, Rock Hudson, Julie Adams
The Affair (TV Movie 1973)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A crippled lady songwriter meets an older lawyer, who becomes her first love.

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Bruce Davison
Penelope (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of $60,000.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Dick Shawn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
Sgt. Hanna
...
...
...
Maguire
...
...
...
Arthur Shaeffer
...
Congressman Hardison (as Wilfred Knapp)
Les Johnson ...
Lt. Taylor
...
General
Florenz Ames ...
Mr. Hillaby
Fredd Wayne ...
Sgt. Sheridan
Edit

Storyline

College students Andy Shaeffer and Susan Daniels are pinned. While Susan works hard to put herself through college, Andy sponges off his parents, his mother, Madeline Shaeffer, who in particular will give him whatever he wants. In other words, Andy is a mama's boy, which he doesn't really realize. Andy and Susan have used the word love to describe their relationship, but Susan isn't sure if that's what they are really feeling for each other or if it is solely a loveless passion. And if it is love, she isn't sure their relationship can survive without Andy taking some ownership of his life. The near end of their relationship, initiated by Susan, leads to Andy starting to flunk out of college, which in turn makes Andy a prime candidate to be drafted. During basic training at Camp Ord, California, Andy makes it clear to his superiors and his fellow privates that he doesn't want to be there and will do only what is requested of him without any extra effort. His superiors and fellow ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's the Big Happy Look at the New-Look Peace-Time Army! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 1957 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Dokhtar-e faramoosh shodeh  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Warner Brothers had originally intended for Natalie Wood and Tab Hunter to co-star in five films together. The first films, The Burning Hills (1956) and this movie, were completed. Both stars were attached to Bombers B-52 (1957) as early as 1955. Wood ultimately appeared in the film but Hunter backed out. The other two unspecified films that the couple were supposed to appear in never materialized. In essence, the highly-touted screen pairing of Wood and Hunter lasted only two films and less than one year. See more »

Goofs

Sgt Stormcloud (Victor Millan) is wearing the emblem of the 3rd Infantry Division on his right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Genaro: The 11th Regiment of the 5th Division. The 11th Regiment has been in business since 1798. We've fought everything from Comanche Indians to Hitler's elite troops. We fought at Shiloh and at the Argonne. We're proud of this outfit. We expect you people to uphold its standards and its traditions.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The Caisson Song
(uncredited)
Music by Edmund L. Gruber
Played at the end ceremony
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Drama/comedy about a young man's Army experiences, away from his Mom and his girl.
30 August 2001 | by (Kennedy Space Center, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining drama/comedy about a young man who flunked out of college and ran his only remaining option - the Army. Andy Schaeffer had not yet cut the silver string to his mother, yet he pictured himself as the picture of independence. His most difficult transition into Army life is presented in alternating serious and highly humorous veins. Filmed at Fort Ord, California, this picture featured a number of future stars, such as James Garner, David Janssen, Jim Backus, Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Alan King, and others. This will really spark the interest - and nostalgia - of any man who ever went through basic training, in any service. Well worth watching, and owning!


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page