At the turn-of-the-century, Miss Rose Gillray (Ginger Rogers) and ex-showbiz friend Molly Wade (Carol Channing) get involved in selling steel. When they come unstuck with corsets, they ... See full summary »
When he learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner, returning WW2 hero Joe Miracle steals the money from the club's safe and hides in a settlement home, while the mob is on his tail.
A sometimes sappy, yet effective melodrama about a woman who tries to make amends with her teenage daughter that she gave up at the end of an unhappy marriage. When Nancy Fallon's daughter, Dorothy, is sent to live with her and her new family after years of separation, the struggle to maintain some semblance of family quickly deteriorates. (Nancy's ex-husband was able to persuade the courts to let him keep the girl because the mother was seen as unfit.) Now Dorothy's father has an interest other than his daughter and to appease his new interest, he asks Nancy to take and raise their daughter. This begins a tumultuous time in Dorothy's life as well as her mothers.Written by
Betty Lou Keim and Warren Berlinger (Dodie and Dick) were married four years after they met during the making of this film. Keim retired from movies in 1960 in order to take care of their children; they had a long and happy marriage. See more »
No one is ever quite the way we want them to be - no one.Most of all, we ourselves are not. But you can't go on resenting people. The mother you wanted... you will have to be yourself for your children."
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First of all, as has been pointed out, the title is God-awful, something from some of the sleazy '50s Z movies. Jeez, who dreamed that up? Was it a ploy to entice those who enjoy tastelessness?
This movie is sweet, funny, loaded with warmth. The story of a sort-of disconnected teenager is excellent. She is a child of divorce who bounces from un-warm dada to momma Ginger Rogers. (Remember when she was 15 in "The Major and the Minor"?) Michael Rennie is an odd choice for her husband, but he is excellent in the part. He even gets to dance with Ginger - tha "ka-tu boogie" I think).
The scene stealer is Betty Keim as the teen who has to be angry, loving, warm, confused. It was her first flick and she did quite a lot of work after that - and she deserved it.
Warren Berlinger was also introduced in this movie and, as another critic pointed out, they eventually became husband and wife. How fuzzy puppy can you get?
The movie is an unusual entry for 20th Century Fox. They spent no money on technicolor but, no matter, it worked beautifully in black and white.
It shows the difference between the more carefree teeners of the '50s as opposed to today's young people.
I recommend this movie and it is one I will enjoy seeing again. The way FMC operates, there is a good chance of a repeat presentation - or three.
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