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Her First Romance (1951)

Passed | | Drama , Romance | 4 May 1951 (USA)
Betty Foster (Margaret O'Brien), a high school student, has a crush on Bobby Evans (Allen Martin Jr.), who is more interested in sports than girls. Betty and her kid brother,Herbie (Jimmy ... See full summary »


Seymour Friedman


Albert Mannheimer (screenplay), Herman Wouk (story)


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Cast overview:
Margaret O'Brien ... Betty Foster
Allen Martin Jr. Allen Martin Jr. ... Bobby Evans
Jimmy Hunt ... Herbie Foster
Sharyn Moffett ... Leona Dean
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Foster
Lloyd Corrigan ... Mr. Gauss, School Principal
Elinor Donahue ... Lucille Stewart
Susan Stevens Susan Stevens ... Clara
Marissa O'Brien ... Tillie
Arthur Space ... Joseph 'Joe' Foster
Otto Hulett ... Valentine Evans - Attorney at Law
Lois Pace Lois Pace ... Violet
Harlan Warde ... Paul Powers
Maudie Prickett ... Miss Pond - Schoolteacher


Betty Foster (Margaret O'Brien), a high school student, has a crush on Bobby Evans (Allen Martin Jr.), who is more interested in sports than girls. Betty and her kid brother,Herbie (Jimmy Hunt), follow Bobby and Lucille Stewart (Elinor Donahue), Betty's competitor in the pursuit of Bobby. Betty's efforts to have Bobby crowned King of the Camp, and win his lover, almost ruin her father, Joe Foster (Arthur Space), financially. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Junior Miss With Senior Ideas About Love (original poster)


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Romantic Age See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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His uncredited bit part was the final film for child actor Larry Simms (best known as "Baby Dumpling") before his retirement from show business. See more »

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Interesting Look at a Slightly Older Margaret O'Brien
17 February 2011 | by RonziqueSee all my reviews

I saw "Her First Romance" today, and was impressed by how Margaret O' Brien, at age 16, still could entertain an audience despite her getting a little older. Her Betty Foster was a girl who goes through the things that young teen-age girls go through...dating the guys, competing with other girls for the attention of a guy, and so on. What I found strange was her robbing her father's safe to get her boyfriend's attention. Elinor Donahue, who had co-starred with O'Brien in 1947's "The Unfinished Dance," dyed her brunette hair blonde to play the girl who competes with O'Brien's Foster for Allen Martin, Jr.'s Bobby Evans, the athletic young heartthrob they fight over at their summer camp.

Ann Doran and Arthur Space did a manageable job as Foster's parents. While the film comes during O'Brien's post MGM days, leading to public opinion of her not being as entertaining as she was as an adorable child star, and in spite of her chubby figure at the time the movie was filmed, there was no mistaking that lovely innocent face and sweet demeanor. I felt entertained by "Her First Romance." Hope to see it on video. Also, if you liked O'Brien in "Her First Romance," you'll also like her, at age 21, in 1956's "Glory," a musical about a girl who helps to raise a thoroughbred to championship status. It was O'Brien's last film, to my knowledge, and also a little entertaining.

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