The Unguarded Moment (1956)

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A beautiful teacher is protective of a high school boy who sexually harassed her, and later he becomes a murder suspect.



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Complete credited cast:
Lois Conway
Lt. Harry Graham
Leonard Bennett
Mr. Bennett
Mr. Pendleton
Dani Crayne ...
Josie Warren
Attorney Briggs (as Edward C. Platt)
Mr. Pendleton's Secretary
Robert Williams ...
Detective (as Robert B. Williams)


A woman has recently been murdered. A teacher at the nearby high school receives threatening notes from a student. Detective Graham is the only one who believes that she is in danger. She fingers the boy, a popular student. Her teaching career is threatened, as is her life. The detective looks for evidence, and brings him in on burglary and murder charges. Both crimes are solved. Written by Audrey B. Morris

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Release Date:

November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gentle Web  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the credits call John Saxon a 'new personality," he had made three prior film appearances including a billed role in "Running Wild" in 1955. See more »


During the football game sequence, the quarterback throws a pass that is far too deep for receiver John Saxon to catch, but on the next cut it drops into his arms perfectly for the touchdown. See more »


Lois Conway: [Rhetorically] Is it a crime to strangle a principal?
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Crazy Credits

Although John Saxon was billed conventionally in the opening titles, during the end titles there is one card listing the entire cast followed by a visual of John Saxon with the words "You have just seen a new personality JOHN SAXON." See more »

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A trashy hoot!
16 March 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Laughable melodrama featuring Esther Williams--straying too far from the swimming tank--as a totally innocent music teacher who attracts the unwanted advances of a lustful (and, I would say, psychologically damaged) teenage student (John Saxon, who admirably doesn't go too far with the wild-eyed bit). Saxon would like to teach Esther a thing or two about the birds and the bees, and judging from her complacent demeanor she could probably use it! Worse, when she complains to the boy's father, the snarling wolf sexually harasses her too! Strictly B-grade stuff, although Edward Andrews is impressively creepy as Saxon's father, Williams OK in a fairly hopeless role. Actress Rosalind Russell co-wrote the story, but perhaps was too old to play the lead herself. *1/2 from ****

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