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Never Fear (1950)

Passed | | Drama | January 1950 (USA)
A dancer who has just gotten engaged to her partner and choreographer and is about to embark on a major career is devastated to learn that she has contracted polio.

Director:

Ida Lupino

Writers:

Ida Lupino (written for the screen by), Collier Young (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sally Forrest ... Carol Williams
Keefe Brasselle ... Guy Richards
Hugh O'Brian ... Len Randall
Eve Miller ... Phyllis Townsend
Lawrence Dobkin ... Dr. Middleton
Rita Lupino Rita Lupino ... Josie
Herbert Butterfield ... Walter Williams
Kevin O'Morrison ... Red Dawson
Stanley Waxman ... Dr. Taylor
Jerry Hausner ... Mr. Brownlee (as Jerry Housner)
John Franco John Franco ... Carlos
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Storyline

After countless hours of rehearsal to perfect their routines and years of struggling to get bookings, dance duo Guy Richards and Carol Williams, who are also a couple off the stage, are enjoying some success on the nightclub circuit, enough for them to make longer term plans, such as thoughts of imminent marriage. Their road to happiness hits a major bump when Carol, falling ill, is taken to the hospital, where she is diagnosed with polio. The prognosis for polio is good: with hard work and patience, she may be able to walk again, with even a slim possibility that she will one day be able to dance. She is admitted to an institution specializing in rehabilitation for polio patients. Beyond the fear both Guy and Carol have for her overall health, they, still loving each other, may not be able to survive as a couple because of the illness due to feelings of guilt and resentment. Carol, in addition, may fall into a feeling of inferiority, only being able to associate with people who are ... Written by Huggo

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People don't stop loving when things go wrong!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Lovers See more »

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pioneering female director Ida Lupino's first credited project. See more »

Crazy Credits

(closing title card; except for "The End", words are in cursive) This is not / THE END / It is just the beginning / for all those of faith / and courage. See more »

Soundtracks

Guaymas
Written by John Franco and William Earley
Performed by John Franco (uncredited)
[Carlos sings the song at the picnic]
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Competent and well worthwhile watching if lacking in style
12 February 2010 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

Ida Lupino's place in Hollywood film history is so unique and unusual that it's no wonder there is a general tendency to overate her output as a director Her moving from actress to director with great control over content was virtually unprecedented.

Although Lupino is not really an especially innovative or important director, (would that she were), she most certainly was a very competent film maker and as such should be remembered.

"The Yound Lovers" of "Never Fear" is a case in point. There is a lot going for this movie. The decidedly B cast of Sally Forest, Keefe Brasselle and Hugh O'Brian are completely convincing and turn in strong performances. This story too, is involving and moving making this all in all \ very watchable.

The problem is Lupino's lack of cinematic style. There's little chance you could spot that this was a Lupino work as you may do with Sirt, Siodamak. Lang, Mann and others of note.

Still, she was an important figure and her movies should be watched.


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