The teens of a defense-plant town hop on the road to juvenile delinquency while their parents are busy with the war.


Mark Robson


John Fante (screen play), Ardel Wray (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Bonita Granville ... Toddy Jones
Kent Smith ... Danny Coates
Jean Brooks ... Mary Coates
Glen Vernon ... Frankie Hauser (as Glenn Vernon)
Vanessa Brown ... Sarah Taylor (as Tessa Brind)
Ben Bard ... Mr. Taylor
Mary Servoss ... Cora Hauser
Arthur Shields ... Mr. Dunlop
Lawrence Tierney ... Larry Duncan
Dickie Moore ... Georgie Dunlop
Johnny Walsh Johnny Walsh ... Herb Vigero
Rod Rogers Rod Rogers ... Rocky (as Rod Rodgers)
Elizabeth Russell ... Mabel Taylor


During WWII, adults are either off fighting or busy in the factories, so juvenile delinquency becomes a major problem back home. Dan Coates, a wounded soldier, finds this out as he returns and three young boys are promptly placed in the care of him and his wife by the court after some hooliganism. How to keep them straight? Written by Ken Yousten <>

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A STORY THAT FAIRLY EXPLODES IN YOUR FACE (original poster - all caps) See more »




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The movie did poorly at the box office and lost $45,000 according to studio records held at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library. See more »


Frank 'Frankie' Hauser: Boy, if my folks would only let me work. Then I could do all the things I want to do. I could take you dancing, the way you like to go, places you like to go to. You know, they need welders. They need 'em worse than soldiers.
Sarah Taylor: But your mother wants you to go to school, Frankie.
Frank 'Frankie' Hauser: Yeah. That's the trouble.
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One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played on piano at Rocky's place
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Ought to have been much better
17 January 2008 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

I was confused early in this movie. The story seemed to jump around. Characters it was assumed we know were unclear. In the movies for which Val Lewton is famous, this would be unthinkable.

The point of view shifts, too. So we find it difficult to care about any of the characters: We don't really know them. They are types: They're cardboard cut-outs.

It's essentially a juvenile delinquent movie. The kids are not that delinquent, though. Neither do they really come across as kids.

Their parents are cold and uncaring. But on the other hand: The war is going on. One mother apparently works in a munitions plant or some other patriotic spot. So we can't fault them totally.

In some ways the biggest kick of the film comes from the casting of one relatively small role: Of all people, Lawrence Tierney plays a basically decent guy. He doesn't want to see the youth start to run wild. That soon changed, in terms of his casting.

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28 May 1945 (UK) See more »

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The Dangerous Age See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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