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The Gossip (1955)

 |  Drama, Short  |  5 August 1955 (USA)
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Jean, an outgoing high school student, has been nominated for the presidency of the Pep Club. However, Laura, her best friend, has turnedf against Jean, and it's all because of the evil ... See full summary »

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Jean, an outgoing high school student, has been nominated for the presidency of the Pep Club. However, Laura, her best friend, has turnedf against Jean, and it's all because of the evil Frieda, who has been spreading lies and gossip about Jean and has gotten Laura to believe her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Another mini-drama from Young America Films
18 May 2009 | by (los angeles, ca) – See all my reviews

"The Gossip" is most noteworthy for the title character Freda, a worthy addition to Centron's roster of youthful villains that includes nasty Jack from "The Other Fellow's Feeling", the tormented anti-hero John from "Cheating", and brutish Chuck from "The Bully". Freda's malicious delight in spreading damaging stories with no regard to the truth, and her ability to poison the relationship between two close friends, make comparisons to Iago from "Othello" inevitable. The way she oozes malice is remarkable to see.

Unfortunately, this makes the drabness of the other characters all the more obvious. It's difficult to sympathize much with Freda's victims Laura and Jean, as neither has much of a personality, and they pretty much roll over and play dead when Freda does her thing. The boys don't so much act as just utter their lines. Overall, the presentation is pretty much what you expect from a 50's guidance film. However, the film does open with what might have been an odd attempt at referential humor (to the series "Dragnet", which had been on TV for a few years when "The Gossip" came out). Laura tells us that this is a true story, but the names have been changed to protect the innocent - and the guilty!


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