Arthur Bartley and Janet Willard are fairly typical 1950s teenagers. Their lives are turned upside down however when Janet becomes pregnant. Desperate to tell his parents of the predicament they find themselves in, Arthur finds that he cannot do so. He arranges for Janet to have an abortion, but the internal turmoil this causes him finally forces him to tell his father, who races to save the girl from the back room abortionist.
The lost innocence... the rude awakening to what they had done...
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30 October 1959 (West Germany)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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The original play ended with Janet following through with an abortion, and she and Arthur realizing afterwards that they genuinely loved one another. Hollywood's Production Code, however, didn't allow for such a development, so the ending was rewritten. See more
[frustratedly, as she browses a medical book detailing pregnancy
It doesn't say how to STOP it!
Referenced in Less Than Zero
Auld Lang Syne
Played when Janet goes home from the hop See more