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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 ... 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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Listen to the kids in the motion picture "Blue Denim" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Bartley's car is a 1953 Plymouth 4-door sedan. 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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See Dick. See Jane. See Dick and Jane...
20 July 2004 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

Based upon a stage play, this drama about teen angst regarding sex and it's consequences comes close at times to resembling a situation comedy, but fortunately the performances of the cast bring out its feeling and drama as well. De Wilde is a tender teen who's just had his lifelong pal, his dog, put to sleep while he was at school. He seems adrift as his parents fuss over his older sister's pending nuptials. He tries to act tough around best friend Berlinger and soon finds himself captivated by lovely neighbor girl Lynley. Lynley has a meek, overly refined father who can't seem to get in touch with his young child. Eventually, De Wilde and Lynley take their relationship to the next level and a mystifying and unwanted pregnancy is the result. They agonize over what to do while the parents seem to exist on another plane, entirely. De Wilde was already a showbiz veteran at 17, having played hundreds of Broadway performances and starring in "Shane". He brings a lot of depth and feeling to his role. Lynley is also fine as the sensitive good girl who bites off more than she can chew. The best performance is that of Berlinger as both friend and conscience of De Wilde. He gives his role a jolt of energy and sincerity that really helps sell the film. As De Wilde's parents, Carey and Hunt give very good performances, balancing humor and concern. Unfortunately, due to the sometimes jokey nature of the script and the film's setting, this occasionally threatens to become "Dennis the Menace Knocks Up Margaret!" Some of the dialogue and situations are corny and cartoonish, robbing the film of a chance to be as realistic as it might have been. However, by the time the kids have learned their lesson, some authentic and touching emotions have come through. It must be noted that Lynley has perhaps the flattest, most oily-looking ponytail of the '50's. It's also hard to picture what De Wilde and Lynley's awkward first encounter must have been like as they both exude such charming innocence in the film. Bernard Herrmann's "Vertigo-on-the-Playground" score is pretty, but also a bit overwhelming for a story with this subject matter and these small town characters. It can be a little preachy and more than a little pat, but it's definitely worth watching and at 89 minutes, doesn't overstay its welcome.


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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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