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Not Wanted (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 June 1949 (USA)
After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.

Directors:

Elmer Clifton, Ida Lupino (uncredited)

Writers:

Paul Jarrico (screenplay), Paul Jarrico (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Forrest ... Sally Kelton
Keefe Brasselle ... Drew Baxter
Leo Penn Leo Penn ... Steve Ryan
Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Aggie Kelton
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... Mr. Kelton
Rita Lupino Rita Lupino ... Joan
Audrey Farr Audrey Farr ... Nancy
Carole Donne Carole Donne ... Jane
Ruth Clifford ... Mrs. Elizabeth Stone
Ruthelma Stevens ... Miss James
Virginia Mullen Virginia Mullen ... Mrs. Banning, Infant's mother (as Virginia Mullin)
Marie Harmon Marie Harmon ... Irene
Roger Anderson Roger Anderson ... Bill Aikens
Gregg Barton ... Patrolman
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Dr. Williams
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Storyline

Twentyish Sally Kelton is unhappy at home and in the drab town in which she lives, until she meets roving musician Steve Ryan. Sally falls for Steve, but to Steve, she's just another fling before he heads to another town. Sally decides to "pull up stakes" and heads on a bus to Steve's next stop. On the road, she meets Drew Baxter, owner of a gaseteria in the town where she's heading. Drew sets Sally up with a room at a local boarding house and a job at his business. Try as he might, Drew can't win Sally's heart from Steve, who has remained indifferent to Sally since her arrival. When Steve heads off to South America, Sally is even more despondent--especially after she learns that she's pregnant with his child. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <DanNGM@aol.com>

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UNWED MOTHER ...her story-the nations's problem See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Rut See more »

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Budget:

$153,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (DVD)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hollywood's Motion Picture Production Code office rejected the original title for the film, Unwed Mother. See more »

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Unwanted And Wanted Credit
9 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Sally Forrest's mother harps on her constantly, so when she develops a crush on piano player Leo Penn, she follows him to the big city. Sally gets a job at an all-service gas station run by Keefe Brasselle. He likes her a lot, but it isn't until Penn blows town, saying no promises had been made, that Sally gives Brasselle a chance. She's happy for the first time, but discovers she is pregnant by Penn.

It's a powerful and moving film about unwed mothers, with a definite message to offer, and Miss Forrest gives a fine performance as the young girl trapped in a situation she does not know how to deal with. All the situations in which she is happy hark back to carefree childhood: at an amusement park, riding the merry-go-round, or playing with Brasselle's immense model train layout. It is the adult world which she is incapable of dealing with.

It was co-written, co-produced and co-directed (uncredited) by Ida Lupino, her first time wielding the megaphone. Director Elmer Clifton's career had been in free fall for a quarter of a century. One of D.W. Griffith's acolytes, he was the first director to cast Clara Bow in a major role. A couple of years later, his leading lady on a film for Fox was injured on set and, his career left him working for Poverty Row producers. Of course, this film was intended for that market, but with a good script and sympathetic directors.... it's hard to tell who directed what at this distance, after Clifton had a heart attack, and Miss Lupino took over the uncredited directing. I think it highly likely that Miss Forrest's performance was aided immeasurably by Miss Lupino, but it lacks the semi-stylized notes that her other movies of this period showed.

In any case, the movie, as it exists, is a fine one. Perhaps it is enough to admit that, note that film is less an individual auteur's work and more a highly involved collaboration. The finished result allowed Clifton's career to end well -- although others of his films were released later, this is the last he worked on -- an provided Miss Lupino the credentials to make some entertaining and didactic movies.


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