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Blue Denim (1959)

Arthur Bartley and Janet Willard are fairly typical 1950s teenagers. Their lives are turned upside down however when Janet becomes pregnant. Desperate to tell his parents of the predicament... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Dunne

Writers:

Edith Sommer (screenplay), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Carol Lynley ... Janet Willard
Brandon De Wilde ... Arthur Bartley
Macdonald Carey ... Major Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
Marsha Hunt ... Jessie Bartley
Warren Berlinger ... Ernie
Buck Class ... Axel Sorenson
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Lillian Bartley
Vaughn Taylor ... Professor Willard
Roberta Shore ... Cherie
Mary Young ... Aunt Bidda
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Arthur Bartley and Janet Willard are fairly typical 1950s teenagers. Their lives are turned upside down however when Janet becomes pregnant. Desperate to tell his parents of the predicament they find themselves in, Arthur finds that he cannot do so. He arranges for Janet to have an abortion, but the internal turmoil this causes him finally forces him to tell his father, who races to save the girl from the back room abortionist. Written by garykmcd

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The lost innocence... the rude awakening to what they had done... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Denim See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original play ended with Janet following through with an abortion, and she and Arthur realizing afterwards that they genuinely loved one another. Hollywood's Production Code, however, didn't allow for such a development, so the ending was rewritten. See more »

Quotes

Janet Willard: [frustratedly, as she browses a medical book detailing pregnancy] It doesn't say how to STOP it!
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Connections

Featured in Less Than Zero (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Who, Baby?
(uncredited)
Performed by Roberta Shore and Warren Berlinger at the hop
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What a Trip back in Time!
22 April 2007 | by lauren_soloSee all my reviews

I must admit I TiVOed this movie because of the description of it. I was intrigued on how a movie made back then could tackle the subject of abortion. If you couldn't even say a word about it, how could you base a whole movie on it? First and foremost, MacDonald Carey did a fantastic job as your typical dad from that era (imagine Fred MacMurray dealing with Robbie knocking a girl up on My Three Sons). Seeing as how he was just about the only one in the movie who could act, I realize how underrated he was at the time (and I guess altogether). The women in the movie (mother and sister of the boy in "trouble") are you typical dingbat "ask the husband what YOUR opinion is" people from that era, which makes it all the more entertaining. The highlights for me are the girl in trouble, the boy's best friend, and of course Mac C. The story is great for the time in which it was acted. Definitely entertaining and worth checking out. Not as dark as "Love with the Proper Stranger" if even that could be considered dark. But good luck finding it. I watched the premiere of it of the FMC. Who knows if it'll be on again.


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