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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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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:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Lovers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The year this film was released, 1950, there were 33,300 reported cases of polio in the United States. 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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Ida Lupino - auteur;or should it be auteuse?
6 November 2005 | by ianlouisianaSee all my reviews

My grandmother took me to see this film when I was 9 years old.It was at the start of the great polio scare in the U.K.The cinema was the Playhouse in Guildford situated in the Playhouse arcade,an area with rather twee shops(well,it was Guildford in 1950) and a teashop. Of course I wasn't aware that Ida Lupino had directed,co-produced and written "Never fear".For better or worse it was entirely her creature. In the movie business such power was rarely given to women. To my mind that makes her an auteur - or should that be auteuse? The one thing that stands out in my mind from that original viewing 55 years ago is that when polio struck the dancer the camera went out of focus and for years afterwards I thought that losing the focus of your eyes was a sign of the onset of polio.And they say that movies don't influence young children. In fact "never fear" has proved to be a well-made and effective movie in the genre now called rather unkindly "Disease of the Month". It's a very professional job by all concerned and if that sounds as if I am damning it with faint praise it is not the case. Anyone looking for "A woman's touch"(usually meant in a patronising and sexist way)will not find one.It stands up on it's on merits.


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