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Blue Denim (1959)

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Arthur Bartley and Janet Willard are fairly typical 1950s teenagers. Their lives are turned upside down however when Janet becomes pregnant. Desperate to tell his parents of the predicament... See full summary »

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Janet Willard
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Arthur Bartley
Macdonald Carey ...
Major Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
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Jessie Bartley
Warren Berlinger ...
Ernie
Buck Class ...
Axel Sorenson
Nina Shipman ...
Lillian Bartley
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Professor Willard
Roberta Shore ...
Cherie
Mary Young ...
Aunt Bidda
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Arthur Bartley and Janet Willard are fairly typical 1950s teenagers. Their lives are turned upside down however when Janet becomes pregnant. Desperate to tell his parents of the predicament they find themselves in, Arthur finds that he cannot do so. He arranges for Janet to have an abortion, but the internal turmoil this causes him finally forces him to tell his father, who races to save the girl from the back room abortionist. Written by garykmcd

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30 October 1959 (West Germany)  »

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Twentieth Century-Fox announced that a sequel to 'Blue Denim' was planned, and would be called 'After Blue Denim' - the sequel was never made. See more »

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Referenced in Less Than Zero (1987) See more »

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Drive In Rock
by Carroll Coates and Lionel Newman
Arranged by Earle Hagen (uncredited)
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A ageless trip in time when America was still "the Beautiful..."
13 August 2007 | by (Small Town, New England, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, this movie is dated along with many faults that the discriminate movie watcher can point out. It does not have the artistic value of another "dated movie" such as "The Best Years of our Lives, 1946" but this was America in 1959. Yes, it was "risque" just like "Summerplace" of the same era. Unwanted pregnancies were a big problem that our ancestors preferred to keep under silence, Hollywood included. Unwanted/unplanned pregnancies still are, except that many teenagers/young adults just get an abortion(s) or simply swell the ranks of single parents. Sadly enough, the cost to our American society is disastrous: poverty, violence, pain, abuse, drugs, etc. Worst of all, this tragedy is self-perpetuating. Art (the star teenager) had the chance of having parents he finally went to, who supported and helped him. Most teenagers nowadays won't have a parent or a mentor to confide in. I know, given up to relative as a child in the fifties, I spent part of my life helping teenagers in distress until the problem got overwhelming. This movie teaches a lesson and spreads a message for teenagers, parents, families and educators. The props may be "dated", the feelings, our human needs and man/woman's quest for love are not. I highly recommend "Blue Denim" as I pursue my journey to find such a place where values and principles of dignity are still practiced.

"Good is he who learns from his mistakes but much better is the one who learns from someone else's errors" was the moral message that "Blue Denim's" Director was telling us.


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