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Girl on Approval (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1962 (USA)
1961. Drama. Stars oscar nominared. Rachel Roberts, James Maxwell and Annette Whiteley. A key example of British new wave, a great study of the uneasy life of 14 year old Sheila.

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... Anne Howland
... John Howland
Annette Whiteley ... Sheila
Ellen McIntosh ... Mary Gardner
John Dare ... Stephen Howland
Michael Clarke ... William Howland
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1961. Drama. Stars oscar nominared. Rachel Roberts, James Maxwell and Annette Whiteley. A key example of British new wave, a great study of the uneasy life of 14 year old Sheila.

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Title Cards: When a family breaks up it is the children who suffer the most. Often their lives begin again in Children's Homes. From there they may be helped to find love and happiness with foster parents. Some - the difficult ones - repel all help.
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Film is unbalanced
8 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

The film is interesting but unbalanced in two significant ways.Firstly there is the great performance of Rachel Roberts and the indifferent performance of Annette Whiteley.The second is the way in which they are portrayed.The foster parents are shown as being very sympathetic and the child is almost out of control.So it is difficult to accept that the family would want to keep her.What makes it worse is that she drives a wedge between husband and wife so that they end up rowing most of the time.The social worker keeps on encouraging the couple to keep the girl,now doubt secretly glad to have the girl off her hands.This is the sort of film that was more suited to television drama.Though worthy in intent it is rather too downbeat to entertain.


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