It's 1928 in oil rich southeast Kansas. High school seniors Bud Stamper and Deanie Loomis are in love with each other. Bud, the popular football captain, and Deanie, the sensitive soul, are "good" kids who have only gone as far as kissing. Unspoken to each other, they expect to get married to each other one day. But both face pressures within the relationship, Bud who has the urges to go farther despite knowing in his heart that if they do that Deanie will end up with a reputation like his own sister, Ginny Stamper, known as the loose, immoral party girl, and Deanie who will do anything to hold onto Bud regardless of the consequences. They also face pressures from their parents who have their own expectation for their offspring. Bud's overbearing father, Ace Stamper, the local oil baron, does not believe Bud can do wrong and expects him to go to Yale after graduation, which does not fit within Bud's own expectations for himself. And the money and image conscious Mrs. Loomis just wants...
There is a miracle in being young...and a fear.
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Did You Know?
Shot entirely in New York, exteriors were filmed in Staten Island and upstate New York, which doubled as Kansas in the 1920s. Interiors were filmed at Filmways Studios in East Harlem. See more
When Deanie has returned home from the mental institution, her mother asks her about the man whom Deanie has met there. "He's
not a New Dealer, is he?" , she says.
The scene is taking place in 1931. The term "New Deal" first was first
used as an economic and political slogan in 1932. In that year, Stuart
Chase's book, A New Deal, was published and Franklin Roosevelt proposed a "new deal" for the American people in his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention. See more
Bud, I'm afraid. Oh, Bud... don't, Bud.
No... we mustn't, Bud... no... no...
[he gets out of the car
Bud, don't be mad.
I better take you home.
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Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung on New Year's Eve See more