Blue Denim

Blue Denim

Director: Philip Dunne, Carol Lynley, Brandon de Wilde, MacDonald Carey

Cast: Philip Dunne, Carol Lynley, Brandon de Wilde, MacDonald Carey

     
 
A surprisingly serious and well-acted major studio variation on the "teens in trouble" films that AIP and Allied Artists cranked out in the 1950's, Blue Denim stars Brandon De Wilde and Carol Lynley as Arthur and Janet, a pair of high school sweethearts who find in each other the love and understanding they don't receive from their emotionally distant parents.

Overview

A surprisingly serious and well-acted major studio variation on the "teens in trouble" films that AIP and Allied Artists cranked out in the 1950's, Blue Denim stars Brandon De Wilde and Carol Lynley as Arthur and Janet, a pair of high school sweethearts who find in each other the love and understanding they don't receive from their emotionally distant parents. However, teenage romance leads to adult consequences when Janet finds herself pregnant; neither of the teens can broach the subject with their parents, and since they're regarded as too young to get married, they're forced to seek out an illegal abortion before Janet is no longer able to hide her condition. While time has dated the story, Blue Denim still comes off as sincere and well-crafted (the sequence where the teen lovers meet the abortionist is still a bit spooky all these years later), and was considered quite frank in its day.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While teenage pregnancy is as valid a concept for a movie today as it was in 1959, Blue Denim still comes across as dated, if very sincere and fairly affecting. The datedness is partially inevitable, as the social circumstances pre-1960 are simply alien to modern audiences. But it isn't really the differences in mores that dampen Denim's impact, it is its unimaginative transition from stage to screen. Dialogue that might have had impact in a live theater comes across as forced and stilted onscreen, and the "happy ending" grafted onto the movie feels very unnatural and awkward. However, while Philip Dunne has not done a very imaginative job of shooting the film, he does capture some fine performances from his talented cast. Certainly, Carol Lynley's physicality lights up the screen, and she pushes all the buttons required of her. Brandon de Wilde pushes too hard on occasion but is otherwise quite good, and Warren Berlinger is even better in a role that could be annoying. While not a classic, Denim is an earnest, well-intentioned film with a cast that makes it worth catching.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2016
UPC:
0024543117629
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
9,098

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Lynley Janet Willard
Brandon DeWilde Arthur Bartley
MacDonald Carey Maj. Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
Marsha Hunt Jessie Bartley
Warren Berlinger Ernie
Buck Class Axel
Vaughn Taylor Prof. Willard
Nina Shipman Lillian Bartley
Roberta Shore Cherie
Mary Young Aunt Bidda
William Schallert Vice President
Michael Gainey Hobie
Jenny Maxwell Hexion
June C. Ellis Woman In Car

Technical Credits
Philip Dunne Director,Screenwriter
Charles Brackett Producer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
William H. Reynolds Editor
Edith R. Sommer Screenwriter
Leo Tover Cinematographer

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