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Teenage Rebel (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 1 November 1956 (USA)
Nancy Fallon gets custody of her teenage daughter Dodie back from her ex-husband when she remarries but she must win her love.

Director:

Edmund Goulding
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Nancy Fallon
Michael Rennie ... Jay Fallon
Mildred Natwick ... Grace Hewitt
Rusty Swope Rusty Swope ... Larry Fallon
Lili Gentle Lili Gentle ... Gloria
Louise Beavers ... Willamay
Irene Hervey ... Helen Sheldon McGowan
John Stephenson ... Eric McGowan
Betty Lou Keim ... Dorothy 'Dodie' McGowan
Warren Berlinger ... Dick Hewitt
Diane Jergens ... Jane Hewitt
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Storyline

A sometimes sappy, yet effective melodrama about a woman who tries to make amends with her teenage daughter that she gave up at the end of an unhappy marriage. When Nancy Fallon's daughter, Dorothy, is sent to live with her and her new family after years of separation, the struggle to maintain some semblance of family quickly deteriorates. (Nancy's ex-husband was able to persuade the courts to let him keep the girl because the mother was seen as unfit.) Now Dorothy's father has an interest other than his daughter and to appease his new interest, he asks Nancy to take and raise their daughter. This begins a tumultuous time in Dorothy's life as well as her mothers. Written by Robin <soonerzs@yahoo.com>

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IF YOU'RE 16, you're old enough to see it! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'enfant du divorce See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55:1
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(1955). Stage Play: A Roomful of Roses. Comedy. Written by Edith Sommer. Scenic Design by Donald Oenslager. Costumes supervised by Audré. Lighting Design by Donald Oenslager. Directed by Guthrie McClintic. Playhouse Theatre: 17 Oct 1955- 31 Dec 1955 (88 performances). Cast: Patricia Neal (as "Nancy Fallon"), Warren Berlinger (as "Dick Hewitt"), Russ Conway, Alice Frost, Betty Lou Keim (as "Bridget Macgowan"), Lulu B. King, Darryl Richard, David White, Ann Whiteside. Produced by Guthrie McClintic and 'Stanley Gilkey. Note: Filmed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation as Teenage Rebel (1956). Screenplay adapted more melodramatically by Charles Brackett and Edmund Goulding. Mr. Berlinger and Ms. Keim reprised their stage roles in the film. The film was notable as the first black and white film shot in CinemaScope. See more »

Quotes

Grace Hewitt: Excited?
Nancy Fallon: Wild!
Grace Hewitt: Try not to show it too much, kids like you to be casual.
Nancy Fallon: Grace, I'll welcome any tip you can give me on how to behave with a teenage daughter.
Grace Hewitt: Well, all I know is anything you do is wrong. If you try to spruce yourself up it's, "Oh Mother, that's too kiddish for you," and if you don't it's, "Mother, do you have to dress like an old bag?"
Nancy Fallon: Oh, you make it sound awful.
Grace Hewitt: They love you. They bully you, but they love you, the little monsters. And if anything goes wrong, they turn back ...
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Connections

References D-Day the Sixth of June (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in a Teenage Mood
Sung by Betty Lou Keim
Music and Lyrics by Ray Evans, Jay Livingston and Dorothy Fields
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a really good teenpic
4 May 2011 | by froberts73See all my reviews

First of all, as has been pointed out, the title is God-awful, something from some of the sleazy '50s Z movies. Jeez, who dreamed that up? Was it a ploy to entice those who enjoy tastelessness?

This movie is sweet, funny, loaded with warmth. The story of a sort-of disconnected teenager is excellent. She is a child of divorce who bounces from un-warm dada to momma Ginger Rogers. (Remember when she was 15 in "The Major and the Minor"?) Michael Rennie is an odd choice for her husband, but he is excellent in the part. He even gets to dance with Ginger - tha "ka-tu boogie" I think).

The scene stealer is Betty Keim as the teen who has to be angry, loving, warm, confused. It was her first flick and she did quite a lot of work after that - and she deserved it.

Warren Berlinger was also introduced in this movie and, as another critic pointed out, they eventually became husband and wife. How fuzzy puppy can you get?

The movie is an unusual entry for 20th Century Fox. They spent no money on technicolor but, no matter, it worked beautifully in black and white.

It shows the difference between the more carefree teeners of the '50s as opposed to today's young people.

I recommend this movie and it is one I will enjoy seeing again. The way FMC operates, there is a good chance of a repeat presentation - or three.


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