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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
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Larry Fallon
Lili Gentle ...
Gloria
Louise Beavers ...
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Helen Sheldon McGowan
John Stephenson ...
Eric McGowan
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Dorothy 'Dodie' McGowan
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Dick Hewitt
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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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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 »

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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While occasionally I felt like hollering at the TV, I liked this film quite a bit!
19 November 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very good film about family problems. However, too often I wanted to yell at my TV telling the mother (Ginger Rogers) how to handle her nasty daughter, Dodie! This isn't so much a complaint but shows that I was involved with this film.

When the movie begins, you learn that Nancy Fallon (Rogers) was divorced eight years ago. It seemed that she wanted out of this loveless marriage and her rich ex-husband took their 7 year-old to Europe to prevent them seeing each other. Now, unexpectedly, they get word that this 15 year-old is coming for a visit...which is strange considering the father's actions.

When Dodie (Betty Lou Keim) arrives, she's cold and haughty---which isn't a bit surprise considering that her father has been filling her mind with hatred towards her mother. But the daughter's nastiness extends to EVERYONE--her step-brother, her step-father and even the neighbors. The situation seems intolerable...but they are stuck with each other. It seems that Dodie's father has dumped her on the ex- because he's getting remarried and wants time alone with his new wife! How is this mess ever going to get worked out successfully?!

The film has a very interesting plot and you feel for the mother and everyone else around her. My only complaint is the step-brother-- what an annoying little brat! Well worth seeing and engaging.

By the way, the IMDb trivia for this one is really, really interesting. It seems that Dodie was in love with Dick in the film...and a few years later, these same actors actually married, raised a family and were apparently very happy together. That's sweet.


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