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The Careless Years (1957)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 September 1957 (USA)
High school girl from a wealthy family falls for a fellow student from a poor family. Both families disapprove, and, unable to stand the pressure, the couple quit school and flee to Mexico.

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Jerry Vernon
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Emily 'Miley' Meredith
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Sam Vernon
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Helen Meredith
John Stephenson ...
Charles Meredith
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Harriet
Mason Alan Dinehart ...
Bob Williams (as Alan Dinehart III)
Virginia Christine ...
Mathilda Vernon
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Hugh Sanders ...
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Two high-school seniors teenagers, from different social standings, have a date and when the girl resists the boy's romantic advances, he begins to think of her as someone special, and thinks they should get married immediately. Both sets of parents object and urge patience, but when the girl is told she is to take a long summer vacation with her parents, the boy talks her into going over the border to Mexico and getting married. The boy's father is so upset that he comes to blows with his son. The son realizes he has been wrong and goes to the girl's home to say goodbye, and wait for the time when they are both older and wiser before taking on the responsibilities of a marriage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Girls From the "Right" Kind of Home...Stumbling Into the "Wrong" Kind of Love!

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Arthur Hiller's feature film directorial debut. See more »

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When Jerry gives Emily her sweater on the beach, her voice can be heard saying "Thanks" but her lips do not move. See more »

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The Careless Years
Lyrics and Music by Joe Lubin
Sung by Sue Raney
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Why Ike's in the White House
2 May 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The girls are all blonde and the boys all clean-cut. It is 1957, the peak of those ten years of innocence between the end of the Korean war and the Kennedy assassination. The biggest concern of middle-class white youth is getting a job and "settling down". Jobs are plentiful, Ike's in the White House, and marriage takes care of the sex problem. This earnest little movie rivets on that last element. It's like a one-note laser. The kids are in heat and only marriage is acceptable. But are they responsible enough, adult enough. Stockwell and Trundy say they are, but their parents being certifiably respectable and responsible say they're not. The conflict, I'm sure, resonated from malt shops to drive-ins all over America. Sure, bigger budget films like "A Summer Place" (1959) dealt with the same angst in lavish Technicolor and to much bigger crowds. Still, this minor production presents no distractions to teen mores of the time.

Unfortunately Director Hiller paces events like he's got 10 minutes of script and 60 minutes to fill. Nodding off seems the natural reaction to much of the stretched-out dialogue and Leave It to Beaver action. Stockwell may look like the second coming of James Dean but wisely avoids the temptation, while Trundy makes for a convincing version of Doris Day's younger sister. Even the normally competent John Larch takes the idea of "working stiff" to some lengths. Yet the movie is astonishing in one regard-- it was co-written by Hollywood's top communist of the blacklist period, John Howard Lawson under a pseudonym. I guess Lawson was picking up paying gigs where he could, even drive-in teen movies. Likely he was responsible for Larch's blue-collar status in what is otherwise a strictly white-collar movie. Still and all, the script could easily have come from Dick Clark between sets on American Bandstand. Oh well, as they say, life is stranger than fiction, or something like that.

Anyway, for those interested in what teen concerns were like before Vietnam and an assassin's bullet ushered in a new era, this little Ozzie-and-Harriet artifact is a good place to start.


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