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
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Major Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
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Jessie Bartley
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Ernie
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Lillian Bartley
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Professor Willard
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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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How could it happen to Janet...so shy, so young, and so much like yourself? Where did she go wrong... and why... WHY... WHY? See more »

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Drama | Romance

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30 October 1959 (West Germany)  »

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The original play ended with Janet following through with an abortion, and she and Arthur realizing afterwards that they genuinely loved one another. Hollywood's Production Code, however, didn't allow for such a development, so the ending was rewritten. 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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Just wondering - was there a political message?
7 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So-so movie, really only watched to see Carol Lynley whom I love. But do have to say that we feel this movie was pretty ahead of it's time. I can remember when high school girls we knew 'went to live with her cousin in...' (usually another state) but it was really because they had gotten pregnant. There was a shame to it in those days, and it was always hidden.

But a young girl's pregnancy is handled with candor in this film, so we think it was rare for it's time. As inappropriate as it may be to to write about here, it makes one wonder if there may have been a political message behind the story...

Not trying to start a debate - hear me out!!!

At that time these 'services' were indeed 'backroom' (illegal), and the film could be looked at as putting forth a position that the laws should be changed. On the other hand, in the end one could argue that the film shows how young people should take responsibility for the (young pregnancy) situation and work together with their families to sort it all out. Tricky!

We found this to be THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECT of this film - especially considering the way 'unwanted' pregnancies were dealt with during that time in our history. So, you see, it really doesn't matter if the film intended to "send a message" - cause by the end groups on either side of the abortion debate should be satisfied with the way the story was told.


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