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Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971)

High school senior and his girlfriend get married when they find out she's pregnant.

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... Bo Jo Jones
... Julie Greher
... Paul Greher
... Vivian Greher
... Leland Jones
... Christine Jones
... Lee Baragan
... Grandmother Greher
... Charlie Saunders
... Evan Clark
Jeanne Arnold ... Joan Hartlane
Ruby Dake ... Alicia
Julia Benjamin ... Grace
Michael Freeman ... Gregory
... Housewife
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It's 1956 in the beach town of Trilby. After asking the questions pertaining to the situation, sixteen year old working class Robert Joseph Jones - who prefers to be called Bo Jo - asks his same aged girlfriend, upper middle class Julie Greher, to marry him in doing what he believes to be the right thing after she tells him that she is ten weeks pregnant from their one and only sexual encounter, the secret wedding which happens the following day. These are only the first steps in both Bo Jo and Julie doing and saying what they believe are the right things under the circumstance regardless of what they may actually feel. Their life inexperience is shown in the process, which includes each finding out what little he/she really knows of the other. They both to some extent realize that being married means the loss of their innocence and the loss of their individual planned futures - which for both was college and Bo Jo working toward a football scholarship on the hopes of becoming All ... Written by Huggo

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Things were different in the 50's. When young people got in trouble, they got married. And sometimes they fell in love.

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16 November 1971 (USA)  »

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Larry Wilcox's first movie. See more »

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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
(uncredited)
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
[Heard on jukebox in the diner where Bo Jo and Julie eat following their wedding]
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Not terrible....
26 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

I found this made for TV on YouTube and it's a bit surprising for 1971, as the film is rather adult. So, to get around public outcry about teen pregnancy and abortion at that time, the subjects are talked around instead of talked about directly. In other words, it's very hip and modern...as well as old fashioned at the same time.

Bo Jo (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and Julie (the oddly named Christopher Norris) are both in high school and have been dating casually. However, Julie announces to Bo Jo that she's pregnant and the pair run off and get married. Not surprisingly, their parents aren't thrilled and the pair try to make a go of marriage--which is tough since they are both mere children themselves. Can the marriage survive or are they doomed like most such marriages?

So is this any good? Well, yes and no. At times the acting is a bit suspect and the script a bit limp. It does address a lot of interesting issues and is worth watching but I couldn't help but feel it should have been better. Plus, its message at the finale seemed way too fuzzy and sweet--and may have done much to encourage some viewers to follow in the leads' footsteps.


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