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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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Lois Conway
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Lt. Harry Graham
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Leonard Bennett
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Mr. Bennett
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Mr. Pendleton
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Dani Crayne ...
Josie Warren
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Sandy
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Attorney Briggs (as Edward C. Platt)
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Mr. Pendleton's Secretary
Robert Williams ...
Detective (as Robert B. Williams)
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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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THE UNGUARDED MOMENT and its shocking aftermath! See more »


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November 1956 (USA)  »

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The Gentle Web  »

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Trivia

The screenplay was based on an original story that Rosalind Russell had written for herself in the 40s. Her schedule was busy and by the time it was developed by Universal into a film in 1956, she was too old for the role. In addition, she had played a sexually frustrated, matronly teacher the previous year in "Picnic." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Son?/ Yes ,Father!/I want to kill you!
16 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

The "unguarded moment" seems to come from the forties ,when the Freudian movie was so trendy: "secret beyond the door" "cat people" " "spiral staircase" "the dark mirror" ,the list is endless.

Unfortunately it's marred by a providential love story between the teacher and the cop.Had it focused on the father/son relationship,the movie could have renewed the genre.The character of the father is by far the most interesting of the screenplay: he must have failed professionally as well as sexually in his own life and he wants his whizz kid (a young John Saxon) to be all that he could not be .If he disappoints him,he will break him!Esther Williams is an attractive teacher ,but to be interesting ,such a character needed to show some ambiguousness.After the first thirty minutes ,there's no real surprise.

Watch it for Edward Andrews' offbeat performance.


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