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The Young Stranger (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 1 February 1957 (USA)
When a 16-year-old, neglected by his movie producer father, gets in trouble, his father doesn't believe his claim of self-defense.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Robert Dozier
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James MacArthur ... Hal Ditmar
Kim Hunter ... Helen Ditmar
James Daly ... Tom Ditmar
James Gregory ... Police Sgt. Shipley
Whit Bissell ... Grubbs
Jeffrey Silver Jeffrey Silver ... Jerry Doyle (as Jeff Silver)
Jack Mullaney ... Confused Boy
Tom Pittman Tom Pittman ... Lynn Spears
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Detective
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Vinson ... Boy in Courtroom (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Sixteen year old high school student Hal Ditmar is the son of wealthy Tom and Helen Ditmar of Beverly Hills, Tom a famous movie producer. Although Tom is there in certain respects in Hal's life, such as being a physical presence at the family dinner table and providing Hal the creature comforts, he is not there emotionally for him in his focus on work. In his alienation, Hal displays his rebellion in certain ways, he acting out especially being belligerent toward strangers where the consequences would be minor and short lived. Hal, however, is truthful. Hal's rude behavior is the impetus for a minor altercation which, with actions on all sides, escalates to a point where he is charged with assault. Although Hal eventually admits his initial action may have started everything, he contends that the assault was all in self defense. With the purported victim, Grubbs, standing by the charge, Sgt. Shipley, the police detective in charge of the police's juvenile division believes Hal is just... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das nackte Gesicht See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film directed by John Frankenheimer. He had worked in television prior to this. See more »

Goofs

After Harold gets up to leave after asking his father to borrow the car, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen moving in and out of frame in the upper left hand corner of the screen. See more »

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[first lines]
[at school, Hal and Jerry are walking toward Hal's car]
Hal Ditmar: [to two female students walking together] Wanna ride?
Female Student: [looking at Hal's jalopy as the girls walk away] In that?
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opening title card "James MacArthur as The Young Stranger" See more »

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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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Gets better as it goes along
18 December 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I usually get a kick out of teenspoitation movies made in the '50, mainly because the characters and their attitudes seem so dated when seen today. So when this movie came up on Turner Classic Movies, you can be sure I was careful to tape it. The beginning of the movie seems to promise that it will be pretty campy. The teenage protagonist upset that he has to drive his own crummy car since his father won't let him use his brand new car? The teenage protagonist venting his building angst by putting his feet up on the chair in front of him in a movie theater? But not long after all that, the movie gets pretty serious - and compelling. You'll start to sympathize with the teenage protagonist (even though the movie doesn't make him TOTALLY likable), and understand why he is so upset, and why he does the things he does. MacArthur is actually pretty good in the title role, even though he seems to be just a little too old to be a teenager. And Frankenheimer's direction is overall pretty solid. Today's teenagers may think this to be tame stuff, but older viewers in a nostalgic mood will probably find this to be a pleasant surprise.


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