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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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Complete credited cast:
Nancy Fallon
Jay Fallon
Grace Hewitt
Rusty Swope ...
Larry Fallon
Lili Gentle ...
Helen Sheldon McGowan
John Stephenson ...
Eric McGowan
Betty Lou Keim ...
Dorothy 'Dodie' McGowan
Dick Hewitt
Jane Hewitt


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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Release Date:

1 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adolescencia rebelde  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Betty Lou Keim and Warren Berlinger (Dodie and Dick) were married four years after they met during the making of this film. Keim retired from movies in 1960 in order to take care of their children; they had a long and happy marriage. See more »


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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Lyrics by Carroll Coates
Music by Lionel Newman
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A really nice old B&W film about family relations.
29 July 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

"Teenage Rebel", released in 1956, was one of Ginger Rogers' last feature films, made when she was 45. It featured a couple of "future stars" (opening credits) Betty Lou Keim, as estranged daughter "Dodie" and Warren Berlinger as the nice kid "Dick" next door. As an interesting sideline, Betty Lou Keim only made 4 more movies over the next 3 years, then married Warren Berlinger in 1959, quit showbusiness, and has 4 children.

Dodie, 15, had been estranged from her mother for 8 years since her parents' divorce. Because her mother was the one who apparently had an "adulterous' relationship with the man she then married, Dodie's father was awarded custody. Since they traveled extensively, and had a home in NY, she had never been able to spend the court-ordered 3 weeks annually with her mother. At the age of 15, she was sent to her mother in California so that her father could secretly get married. It was obvious that she was unhappy being in California, resented her mother, resented her stepfather, and was generally angry with the world.

The movie is about Dodie's growth as a young adult, learning to fit in with normal teenagers, and learning how to accept her mother's love that she had rejected for so long. The story is done very well, and thgis movie is a good representation of 1950s B&W movies. I rate it a solid 7 of 10.

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