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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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You wanted to get rid of me...so you could be alone with that woman! See more »




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Release Date:

1 November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adolescencia rebelde  »

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Technical Specs


| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Initial casting proposals had Betty Grable playing the mother (a role which Betty turned down) and Tuesday Weld portraying the daughter. 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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Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957) See more »


Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Music by Edmund Goulding
Performed by The Hi Fi's
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A rare combination of 50s teenage fun and serious drama
15 January 2000 | by (Willow Grove, PA) – See all my reviews

This film is a cut above most 50s teenage movies which deal with music and fun times like "Rock, Rock, Rock" and others. Then there are the ones dealing with a serious plot with little teenage fun times shown. Unlike these, "Teenage Rebel" has the best of both in one film. The kids have loads of fun here. They clown at the malt shop, go to a drag race and enjoy a real fun party with plenty of music and dancing. Yet, at the same time, a serious drama is going on where a resentful girl learns a valuable lesson about the value of her mothers unconditional love for her. This is very intense drama combined with the fun.

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