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Anson Bond (screenplay)
Anson Bond (story)
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Release Date:
23 November 1958 (USA) See more »
Over twenty thousand girls every year live this bitter story! See more »
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Like a low-budget version of "Room at the Top". See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)
Norma Moore ... Betty Miller

Robert Vaughn ... Don Bigelow
Diana Darrin ... Mousie

Billie Bird ... Gertie

Jeanne Cooper ... Mrs. Horton
Ron Hargrave ... Ben

Kathleen Hughes ... Linda
Sam Buffington ... Mr. Paully

Claire Carleton ... Mrs. Miller
Colette Jackson ... Louella (as Collette Jackson)

Timothy Carey ... Doctor
Barbara Cowan (as Barbara Crane)
Eve McVeagh

Ken Lynch ... Ray Curtis

Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Paully
Joan Lora ... Mary Ellen
Ralph Gamble ... Minister
Milano Kay
Vera Ferguson
Elizabeth Slifer (as Liz Slifer)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dawn Richard

Craig Slocum ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Doniger  (as Walter A. Doniger)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anson Bond  screenplay
Anson Bond  story
Alden Nash  screenplay

Produced by
Maurice Horn .... associate producer
Joseph Justman .... producer
Original Music by
Emil Newman 
Cinematography by
Lothrop B. Worth  (as Lothrop Worth)
Film Editing by
Neil Brunnenkant 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Makeup Department
Phillip Scheer .... makeup artist (as Philip Scheer)
Kay Shea .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jack R. Berne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (as Bob Justman)
Art Department
Ted Mossman .... property
James West .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
Jack Solomon .... sound engineer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Arrico .... wardrobe (as Chuck Arrico)
Pauline Lewis .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Lou Moss .... supervising editor
Music Department
Lee Osborne .... music editor
Other crew
Mollie Kent .... set continuity (as Molly Kent)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
74 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

According to Robert Vaughn in his memoirs, A Fortunate Life, Timothy Carey, who played here an abortionist, arrived on the set with a black medical bag from which he brought ugly vilest looking knives, tools, hammers. But the director did not agree with that stuff from Timothy Carey and he threatened him to be fired if he used those tools for the shooting.See more »
Continuity: At the very end of the movie, Reverend Benton, in a 1953 Chevrolet 4-door sedan, drives Betty to retrieve her baby from the older couple. Then, with baby, they leave the scene in a 1950 Chevrolet 2-door sedan.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Like a low-budget version of "Room at the Top"., 8 August 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film begins with a nice girl moving to town and getting a job in a department store. Soon she meets a smooth playboy-type (Robert Vaughn) and it's obvious to every viewer that his an insincere jerk. However, the girl (Norma Moore) is not only naive but a bit dumb and she eventually falls for his routine. Over time, he bleeds her of money and pretends to love her while he chases other women at the same time.

Eventually, the lady proves she's actually a lot dumber than we'd first suspected. Not only does she reject her mother's advice to leave the jerk, but gets pulled into a robbery with him! When they are arrested, the real shocker is revealed...she is pregnant. Now the once nice girl is expecting a baby AND on probation! What will she do with no place to go and no way to provide for the little tyke? Will she have an abortion, put it up for adoption or keep it herself? the entire second half of the film has to do with this dilemma--and is the stronger half of the film.

While this is NOT a great film, it is certainly interesting. I think it's biggest shortcoming is that Robert Vaughn's character is so transparent and slimy that you really are forced to see Moore as less a victim and more a complete idiot. Had they made her a tad less dumb, I think the film might have been easier to believe.

By the way, while it's NOT a perfect parallel, the film did remind me a lot of the film "Room at the Top"---which also featured an incredibly amoral man sleeping and scheming his way ahead in life. This is a much better film and well worth seeing. "Unwed Mother", on the other hand, is only okay...and certainly not one to rush out to see.

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