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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 »

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Andy L. Shaeffer
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Susan Daniels
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Mrs. Madeline Shaeffer
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Sgt. Hanna
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Hanson
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Sgt. Clyde
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Maguire
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Preston
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Capt. Genaro
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Arthur Shaeffer
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Congressman Hardison (as Wilfred Knapp)
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Lt. Taylor
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General
Florenz Ames ...
Mr. Hillaby
Fredd Wayne ...
Sgt. Sheridan
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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

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A couple of teenagers and their kiss-and-run battle! See more »

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30 August 1957 (Finland)  »

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Dokhtar-e faramoosh shodeh  »

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Trivia

In the mid-1950s, Warner Brothers pursued a strategy of promoting some of their biggest young stars as believable on-screen couples in multiple films. They followed the model of famous 1930s pairings such as Myrna Loy and William Powell, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Audiences had continued to flock to see those on-screen couples in the many movies they made together. In each case, the studio had cultivated rumors of off-screen romance between the popular couples and had worked to make sure that each pair appeared in public events together and were seen in public dates set up by the studio. Warner Brothers tried to emulate this model, including the studio-arranged dates, in order to make Hunter and Wood appear as a believable couple that would capture the public's imagination. The studio had plans for five films to feature the pair, asked Wood and Hunter to give multiple magazine interviews suggesting a real romance, and conspicuously placed the two on dates in high-profile establishments. Despite these machinations, Hunter and Wood never attained the success of the more-recognizable 1930s pairings, and the highly promoted couple only appeared in two films together, both of which were shot nearly simultaneously and released within two months of one another. In real life, Hunter and Wood were very close friends and got along quite well. Hunter, however, was a closeted homosexual and Wood was attracted to men older than her co-star. As a result, no romantic relationship ever developed. See more »

Goofs

It is not an error that several of the soldiers seen in this film are wearing other unit patches on their right sleeves. They are all wearing the 5th Infantry diamond on their left sleeve. A soldiers current unit is always worn on the left sleeve. Those soldiers who are combat veterans are authorized to permanently wear the unit patch of the unit they fought with on their right shoulder. So all those patches on the right sleeves represent units those men served in during World War II or Korea. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Genaro: You ever heard of Army Regulation 615-368?
Andy L. Shaeffer: No, sir.
Capt. Genaro: Well, I'll read it to you.
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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
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A movie with an undeserved bad rep
20 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Referred to by both its leading players as The Girl With The Left Behind this is by no means a great movie but one certainly better than its sullied reputation would lead you to believe.

A large part of that bad rep comes via its two stars, Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood. A large portion of their distaste for this and several of their other co-starring pictures is surely attributable to the fact that they were contract players at the time and handed one indifferent script after another until Natalie graduated to A level stardom and Tab left the studio.

The film itself is an innocuous trifle about a selfish spoiled young man who has a problem with authority and the pains he and the officers over him suffer when he's drafted. Hardly a new plot or revolutionarily enacted this is stuffed with excellent character actors all contributing fun performances. A few standouts are Jessie Royce Landis as Tab's addled mother, Murray Hamilton as his exasperated direct superior and Henry Jones as an amiable cohort. Natalie's disregard for the film is understandable though since she's handed one of the nothing girl parts she had to endure while toiling her way to the top.

An unremarkable studio product this is still an enjoyable picture.


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