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Blue Denim (1959)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Janet Willard
Arthur Bartley
Major Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
Jessie Bartley
Buck Class ...
Axel Sorenson
Nina Shipman ...
Lillian Bartley
Professor Willard
Mary Young ...
Aunt Bidda


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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The lost innocence... the rude awakening to what they had done... See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

30 October 1959 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Blå jeans  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Carol Lynley and Warren Berlinger reprised their roles from the successful stage play. See more »


Referenced in Less Than Zero (1987) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Played when Janet goes home from the hop
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A welcome surprise
3 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

I watched this by chance yesterday. And was quit pleasantly surprised, it's a terrific little film. Far more sophisticated than I would have expected for a film made in 1959 dealing with teenage pregnancy. The two leads, were only about the same age as their characters at the time and looked it, it was quite surprising. Of course nowadays the early consummation of their relationship would have been shown in far more graphic detail, and this film made me realize that those kind of scenes aren't really needed to get the message across. I am not a prude, but I find sometimes the full revelation of a young performer's(normally female)unnecessary and exploitative. This mall film , makes it's point and is quite sensitive in doing so. Contrary to some of the other critics , I did not find myself tempted to laugh at all.

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