Anne has just been acquitted in court and her uncle, Charles Underhill is not a happy man. He feels that her brush with the law will reflect badly on him and is of the view that the only ...
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Anne has just been acquitted in court and her uncle, Charles Underhill is not a happy man. He feels that her brush with the law will reflect badly on him and is of the view that the only reason she got off was because of his reputation as an upstanding citizen. Underhill doesn't think much of young people, questioning their constant attempt at rebellion. On the way home he has a problem with his car and is assisted by a teenager, Len, who then asks for a ride to the next town. Len is constantly talking about reform school and his "friend" who is good with a knife. Underhill becomes alarmed and purposely speeds in order to be stopped by the police. He tries to explain to the officer that Len is threatening, but there is no evidence to support that claim. He does however get a summons for court and is now really worried about his reputation. Len however presents him with an easy solution to his problem that tests his moral resolve and his self-righteous attitude. Written by
Odd little drama, worth a comment because more than most big budgeters of the time (1959), this cheapie captures in a nutshell the so-called generation gap that was to explode in the free-wheeling 1960's. The performances are outstanding. particularly Robert Morse as the juvenile delinquent. Is he menacing strait-laced adult John Mc Intyre, or just disgusted with the latter's smug self-righteousness. It's hard to tell; the ambiguity is well-calculated and makes for an interesting effect. Mc Intyre is excellent, as usual, his pride as a city-councilman registering just the right mix of dignity and arrogance as he dictates to a youthful Suzanne Pleshette how she should lead her life.. Her allegiance is the prize the two males are competing for. Will she follow her instincts and side with Morse or follow the social rules with Mc Intyre. The ending may seem low-key, but remains a telling forerunner of the rebellious era to come. Pack all three characters into a tight car ride and you've got an interesting and revealing 30 minute drama.
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