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On the Loose (1951)

Passed | | Drama | 28 September 1951 (USA)
Shunned by her self-absorbed parents, a teenage girl's need for love and attention drives her to delinquency and a suicide attempt - an act that finally brings her parents to their senses.

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Charles Lederer

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Dale Eunson (screenplay), Katherine Albert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Evans ... Jill Bradley
Melvyn Douglas ... Frank Bradley
Lynn Bari ... Alice Bradley
Robert Arthur ... Larry Lindsay
Hugh O'Brian ... Dr. Phillips
Constance Hilton Constance Hilton ... Susan Tanner
Mickey Kuhn ... Bob Vance (as Michael Kuhn)
Susan Morrow ... Catherine aka Cathy
Lillian Hamilton ... Miss Druten (as Lilian Hamilton)
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Jill, a teenager, feels misunderstood by her neglectful selfish parents, Frank and Alice. Following a misunderstanding with Frank and trouble with her boyfriend she attempts suicide. Jill's guilt-ridden father tries at last to help her and to cheer her up but new problems ensue... Written by Guy Bellinger

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WILD-HEADED... WILD-HEARTED GIRL See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Restless Age See more »

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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Might have been the inspiration for "Rebel Without A Cause"!
18 July 2003 | by biker45See all my reviews

ON THE LOOSE is a relatively unknown but watchable film dealing with the alienated youth/juvenile delinquency theme that was popular in the 1950's. It predates the blockbuster "Rebel Without A Cause" by four years, and could have been a great influence on it. The main themes of the two films are very similar, but in the case of "On The Loose", the story is told from a female point of view. The film is well-paced, well-acted, and it held my interest throughout its brief 78 minute running time. The young star Joan Evans is gorgeous, looking very similar to Anne Francis and with an acting style similar to Lauren Bacall. It is unfortunate that her career as an actress remained so obscure. Parents played by Melvyn Douglas and Lynn Bari are typically (and convincingly) self-absorbed and detached from their daughter. A youthful Hugh O'Brian has a small part as an emergency room doctor. Overall, an enjoyable film that deserves more frequent showings.


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