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The Young Stranger (1957)

 -  Drama  -  1 February 1957 (USA)
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When a 16-year-old, neglected by his movie producer father, gets in trouble, his father doesn't believe his claim of self-defense.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Harold James 'Hal' Ditmar
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Helen Ditmar
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Thomas 'Tom' Ditmar
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Police Sgt. Shipley
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Grubbs, Theater Manager
Jeffrey Silver ...
Jerry Doyle
Jack Mullaney ...
Confused Boy
Tom Pittman ...
Lynn Spears
Charles Davis ...
Detective
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Boy in Courtroom (scenes deleted)
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Hal Ditmar is a clean-cut kid, the son of a wealthy movie producer. When an argument at a theatre turns into a fight between Hal and the theatre manager, Hal finds no one, not even his father, will believe his actions were justified as self-defense. The police are concerned that Hal is a juvenile delinquent in the making, but the real problem lies in Hal's father's inattention to his son. It's up to Hal's mother to try to bridge the gulf between father and son. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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1 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das nackte Gesicht  »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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First feature film directed by John Frankenheimer. He had worked in television prior to this. See more »

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Teen: You know, they arrested me for car theft. My dad's car! Gee if I'd known I was gonna get caught, I'd have done pretty much better for myself. My dad's car---what a heap!
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A page in the James Dean Manual for Wayward Adolescents on Film
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James MacArthur plays the rebellious young stranger in this picture. Is he a stranger to his family? To society? Or to himself?

Whatever the case, he comes across sincerely as a troubled youth in 1950s Los Angeles, writing his own page in the James Dean Manual for Wayward Adolescents on Film. Helping Mr. MacArthur with his first leading role is Director John Frankenheimer. Frankenheimer proves you do not need crackling dialogue, fast-paced action, or lavish sets and expensive costumes to tell an exciting story. Points must be given for the scene where the main character fools his mother at the traffic light; also, the bit with the boys mowing grass is rather memorable.


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