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Release Date:
1 November 1956 (USA) See more »
ENTERTAINMENT FOR EVERYBODY except parents with a guilty conscience! See more »
Ginger Rogers get her teenage daughter (Betty Lou Keim) back from her ex-husband when she remarries and must win her love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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While occasionally I felt like hollering at the TV, I liked this film quite a bit! See more (8 total) »


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Ginger Rogers ... Nancy Fallon

Michael Rennie ... Jay Fallon

Mildred Natwick ... Grace Hewitt
Rusty Swope ... Larry Fallon
Lili Gentle ... Gloria, teenager at the races
Louise Beavers ... Willamay, Fallon's Maid
Irene Hervey ... Helen Sheldon McGowan
John Stephenson ... Eric McGowan, Dodie's Dad
Betty Lou Keim ... Dorothy 'Dodie' McGowan
Warren Berlinger ... Dick Hewitt
Diane Jergens ... Jane Hewitt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pattie Chapman ... Erna, Malt Shop Waitress (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Brewster, NY Cabbie (uncredited)
Wade Dumas ... Airport Porter (uncredited)
Gene Foley ... Soda Fountain Girl (uncredited)
Joan Freeman ... Teenager in Malt Shop (uncredited)

Gary Gray ... Freddie Green (uncredited)
Sheila James Kuehl ... Teenager (uncredited)

Susan Luckey ... Madeleine Johnson (uncredited)
James O'Rear ... Mr. Heffernan (uncredited)
James Stone ... Pappy Smith, Speed Shop Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
Edmund Goulding 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Brackett 
Edmund Goulding 
Walter Reisch 
Edith R. Sommer  play (as Edith Sommer)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald 
Film Editing by
William Mace 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
Mary Wills 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Mary Wills .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound recordist
Harry M. Leonard .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
94 min | 90 min (FMC Library Print)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

(1955). Stage Play: A Roomful of Roses. Comedy. Written by Edith R. 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 »
Nancy Fallon:No one is ever quite the way we want them to be - no one.Most of all, we ourselves are not. But you can't go on resenting people. The mother you wanted... you will have to be yourself for your children."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957)See more »
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While occasionally I felt like hollering at the TV, I liked this film quite a bit!, 19 November 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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