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Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971)

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


Robert Day


William Wood (screenplay), Ann Head (novel)


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Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Richard Thomas, Catherine Burns, Desi Arnaz Jr.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Bo Jo Jones
Christopher Norris ... Julie Greher
Dan Dailey ... Paul Greher
Dina Merrill ... Vivian Greher
Tom Bosley ... Leland Jones
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Jones
Susan Strasberg ... Lee Baragan
Jessie Royce Landis ... Grandmother Greher
Larry Wilcox ... Charlie Saunders
Nicholas Hammond ... Evan Clark
Jeanne Arnold Jeanne Arnold ... Joan Hartlane
Ruby Dake Ruby Dake ... Alicia
Julia Benjamin Julia Benjamin ... Grace
Michael Freeman Michael Freeman ... Gregory
Peg Shirley ... Housewife


It's 1956 in the beach town of Trilby. After asking the important questions, 16-year-old working-class Robert Joseph "Bo Jo" Jones asks his same-aged girlfriend, upper-middle-class Julie Greher, to marry him: she's 10 weeks pregnant from their sole sexual encounter. The secret wedding happens the next day. These are only the first steps in both teens doing and say what they believe are the right things under the circumstances, no matter how they truly feel. Their life inexperience is shown in the process, which includes each finding out what little they know of each other. To some extent they both realize that being married means the loss of each's planned future (they both wanted to go to college; Bo Jo was working toward a football scholarship. The situation is further complicated by both sets of parents injecting more than their two-cents' worth into what Bo Jo and Julie should do, with Mr. and Mrs. Greher throwing their financial weight to get what they want, determined to put on ... 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.









Release Date:

16 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Larry Wilcox's first movie. See more »


References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »


Shake, Rattle and Roll
Written by Charles F. Calhoun
[Played when Bo Jo, Charlie and Alicia are out together]
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Not the worst movie I've ever seen.
20 August 1999 | by map-4See all my reviews

Remember most of these actors were just getting started. In 1971 the sexual revolution was just getting going. How else to deal with a tragedy in the making? The ending was a little boring. Not the worst movie I've ever seen.

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