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Dangerous Years (1947)
Powerful and genially moving film with young MM
I disagree with that reviewer who didn't think very highly on this film. I found this quite powerful and moving film about juvenile criminality and while watching it, I couldn't help thinking that back in those days (in 1947) films were usually well written,contrary nowadays when sometimes I wonder did they have an actual script at all...The message of this films was well delivered and the result was actually genially moving!
Yeah, then the other aspect of this film is the fact that it was the second film featuring the young Marilyn Monroe (the third if you count the SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM, I believe there exists some controversy about Marilyn actually being in it). Marilyn was still very young and has that same kind of glowing presence and still a little timid charm as in the LADIES OF THE CHORUS, her next film.
Yeah, it's a bit part, but still a whole character with some lines - much more appealing and also more interesting than, say "Polly" in the FIREBALL...
It is different
!CONTAINS SPOILERS! I just don't get you people who don't appreciate Meg Tilly in this movie! She is soooooooooooo beautiful and heart-aching! I wont say much about this film, since others have done it already. Just that this IS very different from DANGEROUS LIASONS. That was really powerful and intense tragedy/drama, this one is more light-hearted but in places subtly poignant (I DO like the ending; Tilly places a rose to his lovers grave and her husband offers his arm while they walk away, all this accompanied by an aria for violin which was heard once before, as they were dancing....). I loved Tilly also in the outrageously under-valued "THE GIRL IN THE SWING". She is magnetic. It just occurred me that she would have been wonderful in the "IMPROMPTU" playing George Sand since she actually resembles her!