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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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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 ...
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Storyline

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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$350,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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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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Timeless film of a teenager coming to terms with his anger.
17 September 2000 | by (Boston) – See all my reviews

This eloquent, simple film makes a remarkably clear statement about a teenager and his father. Though a theatrical release, it has a "made-for-TV" quality. We can attribute this to the director, John Frankenheimer, who learned his craft in the early days of live television in New York City. Indeed, he directed the teleplay on which the film is based, "Deal a Blow," on the CBS drama series "Climax." "Young Stranger" represents his Hollywood debut. After a hiatus of four years, during which he would do more television, he returned to direct "The Young Savages" with Burt Lancaster and, a year after that, "All Fall Down" with Warren Beatty and Angela Lansbury.

The casting is competent with James Daly and Kim Hunter (particularly good) playing the parents of the title character performed by James MacArthur (his first theatrical film) who played the same role in the television version which was his first appearance on the small screen. Look for James Gregory and Whit Bissell in supporting roles.


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