Girl He Left Behind

The Girl He Left Behind

Director: David Butler, Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Jesse Royce Landis

Cast: David Butler, Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Jesse Royce Landis

     
 
The peacetime draft is given the teen-idol treatment in The Girl He Left Behind. Hollywood hunk Tab Hunter is starred as a spoiled young man who is whipped into shape--and humility--by his two years of compulsory military service. Natalie Wood plays the girl who...well, look at the title. Director David Butler would have preferred

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The peacetime draft is given the teen-idol treatment in The Girl He Left Behind. Hollywood hunk Tab Hunter is starred as a spoiled young man who is whipped into shape--and humility--by his two years of compulsory military service. Natalie Wood plays the girl who...well, look at the title. Director David Butler would have preferred to cast a minor actor who was making his film debut in the leading role, but Butler was committed to Warners contractee Tab Hunter. Thus it was that young James Garner would have to wait his turn.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Girl He Left Behind is a moderately entertaining Service Life comedy, one which would probably have been more enjoyable with a better actor than Tab Hunter in the leading role. Hunter is not horrible, mind you; he's actually quite good at making an audience believe that his character is indeed a spoiled rich kid who has a lot of growing up to do. Unfortunately, Hunter isn't actor enough to either make the audience like this character or to believe the sudden growth into maturity that climaxes the film. Neither of these things are easy to accomplish, but without them Girl falls short of being a much better film. Fortunately, Girl does have a lot of laughs, a great many of them courtesy of Murray Hamilton's expertly-played drill sergeant. There's also solid humor from Jim Backus, Henry Jones and Alan King, and an incredibly beautiful Natalie Wood in the title role, turning in one of her finer "almost grown" performances. David Butler's direction is swift and professional, pointing up the script's strengths and doing all he can to disguise the flaws in the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2014
UPC:
0888574034788
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
9,558

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tab Hunter Andy Sheaffer
Natalie Wood Susan Daniels
Jesse Royce Landis Madeline Sheaffer
Jim Backus Sgt. Hanna
Henry Jones Hanson
Murray Hamilton Sgt. Clyde
Alan King Maguire
James Garner Preston
David Janssen Capt. Genaro
Wilfrid Knapp Congressman Hardison
Les Johnson Lt. Taylor
Raymond Bailey General
Florenz Ames Mr. Hillaby
Fredd Wayne Sgt. Sheridan
Emestine Wade Lorna
Vinton Haworth Arthur Sheaffer
Brett Halsey Actor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Irene Morra Editor
Frank P. Rosenberg Producer
Guy Troper Screenwriter
Roy Webb Score Composer

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