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Teenage Rebel (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 1 November 1956 (USA)
Ginger Rogers get her teenage daughter (Betty Lou Keim) back from her ex-husband when she remarries and must win her love.

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Nancy Fallon
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Jay Fallon
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Grace Hewitt
Rusty Swope ...
Larry Fallon
Lili Gentle ...
Gloria
Louise Beavers ...
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Helen Sheldon McGowan
John Stephenson ...
Eric McGowan
Betty Lou Keim ...
Dorothy 'Dodie' McGowan
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Dick Hewitt
Diane Jergens ...
Jane Hewitt
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A sometimes sappy, yet effective melodrama about a woman who tries to make amends with her teenage daughter that she gave up at the end of an unhappy marriage. When Nancy Fallon's daughter, Dorothy, is sent to live with her and her new family after years of separation, the struggle to maintain some semblance of family quickly deteriorates. (Nancy's ex-husband was able to persuade the courts to let him keep the girl because the mother was seen as unfit.) Now Dorothy's father has an interest other than his daughter and to appease his new interest, he asks Nancy to take and raise their daughter. This begins a tumultuous time in Dorothy's life as well as her mothers. Written by Robin <soonerzs@yahoo.com>

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1 November 1956 (USA)  »

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Adolescencia rebelde  »

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2.35 : 1
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(1955). Stage Play: A Roomful of Roses. Comedy. Written by Edith Sommer. Scenic Design by Donald Oenslager. Costumes supervised by Audré. Lighting Design by Donald Oenslager. Directed by Guthrie McClintic. Playhouse Theatre: 17 Oct 1955- 31 Dec 1955 (88 performances). Cast: Patricia Neal (as "Nancy Fallon"), Warren Berlinger (as "Dick Hewitt"), Russ Conway, Alice Frost, Betty Lou Keim (as "Bridget Macgowan"), Lulu B. King, Darryl Richard, David White, Ann Whiteside. Produced by Guthrie McClintic and 'Stanley Gilkey. Note: Filmed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation as Teenage Rebel (1956). Screenplay adapted more melodramatically by Charles Brackett and Edmund Goulding. Mr. Berlinger and Ms. Keim reprised their stage roles in the film. The film was notable as the first black and white film shot in CinemaScope. See more »

Quotes

Grace Hewitt: Excited?
Nancy Fallon: Wild!
Grace Hewitt: Try not to show it too much, kids like you to be casual.
Nancy Fallon: Grace, I'll welcome any tip you can give me on how to behave with a teenage daughter.
Grace Hewitt: Well, all I know is anything you do is wrong. If you try to spruce yourself up it's, "Oh Mother, that's too kiddish for you," and if you don't it's, "Mother, do you have to dress like an old bag?"
Nancy Fallon: Oh, you make it sound awful.
Grace Hewitt: They love you. They bully you, but they love you, the little monsters. And if anything goes wrong, they turn back ...
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Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957) See more »

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Dodie
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Music by Edmund Goulding
Performed by The Hi Fi's
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Don't Be Fooled By The Title: This Is No Drive-In Cheapie
13 September 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

A very insightful character study. This movie carries excellent credentials: Charles Brackett as one of the screenwriters and Edmond Goulding as director. (Goulding fares less well as writer of the pre-Elvis title song, which dates the movie more than anything else in it but can be skipped over.) Ginger looks great -- better than she did in some other movies from the 1950s. She sports some revealing clothes, such as a tennis outfit reminiscent of the clothes worn by Lana Turner in her best outing, "The postman Always Rings Twice." And her acting is good, as is everyone else's.

A very insightful character study. This movie carries excellent credentials: Charles Brackett as one of the screenwriters and Edmond Goulding as director. (Goulding fares less well as writer of the pre-Elvis title song, which dates the movie more than anything else in it but can be skipped over.) Ginger looks great -- better than she did in some other movies from the 1950s. She sports some revealing clothes, such as a tennis outfit reminiscent of the clothes worn by Lana Turner in her best outing, "The postman Always Rings Twice." And her acting is good, as is everyone else's.

The actress who plays her daughter and the actor plying the neighbor enticed to pay attention to her are fine. And Mildred Natwick, as the boy's mother, is as always excellent.

Her character is not so much a rebel, like Brando and Dean and Mineo from this decade, as a sad child of divorce.

The air of hauteur and aloofness she puts on is very plausible in the portrayal of an insecure teenager.

Rogers's and second husband Michael Rennie little boy is quite a character. He seems a fugitive from some other movie, though he is excellent and works well here. He is more eccentric than little John Henry as played by Brandon De Wilde in the classic "Member of the Wedding." And, though an observation, that is also very high praise.


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