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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 ...
Maj. 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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Lee Remick, Diane Varsi and Hope Lange were all considered for the lead role of Janet. See more »

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Referenced in Less Than Zero (1987) See more »

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Something's Gotta Give
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Written by Johnny Mercer
Played when Art and Janet are dancing at the hop
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The film isn't really about teen-pregnancy at all--it's about the pain of telling your parents you made a big mistake
10 August 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Trouble in Ozzie & Harriet-land: moody suburban teen begins an awkward sweetheart-relationship with the pretty blonde bobbysoxer down the street. After a couple of tender embraces, we learn she is three months pregnant. An issue movie, and an unfortunately timeless one, but the film is extremely flawed: Brandon de Wilde looks too young and too puny in stature for Carol Lynley (probably a teenager, but looking a lot older with her large face and small features). The two don't match up, with de Wilde coming off more like Lynley's younger brother. It is based on a play and the writing hasn't been reworked for the screen (the dialogue sounds stilted, not flowing in a realistic manner). The director sets up his shots as if he were filming a play, and he has the actors occasionally shouting their lines. The adults are portrayed fairly (a nice change for a teen-oriented movie) and the intentions are heartfelt, but do you believe that happy ending? And IS it a happy ending? A pessimist might point out that, had there been a "Blue Denim II", these characters' lives might not continue in such a spotless fashion. In fact, the results might've been quite bleak. ** from ****


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