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?
wrote in her autobiography that she tested for the role of Deanie. When Elia Kazan
asked her if she was ambitious, she said no (even though she was) because "good girls aren't supposed to be ambitious." Fonda believes this was the reason for her not getting the role. See more
The very brief glimpse we get of a building in Yale is not Yale, but CCNY, the City College of New York. Modern automobiles, contemporary with the time of filming, but not with the time of the story, are seen in the background. 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.
There is no end title; the picture simply fades to black. See more
Referenced in Middle Men
Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Natalie Wood
and Warren Beatty See more