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The Unguarded Moment (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 December 1956 (USA)
A beautiful teacher is protective of a high school boy who sexually harassed her, and later he becomes a murder suspect.

Director:

Harry Keller

Writers:

Herb Meadow (screenplay), Lawrence B. Marcus (screenplay) (as Larry Marcus) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Esther Williams ... Lois Conway
George Nader ... Police Lt. Harry Graham
John Saxon ... Leonard Bennett
Edward Andrews ... Mr. Bennett
Les Tremayne ... Mr. Pendleton
Jack Albertson ... Prof
Dani Crayne ... Josie Warren
John Wilder ... Sandy Krupp
Edward Platt ... Attorney Briggs (as Edward C. Platt)
Eleanor Audley ... Mr. Pendleton's Secretary
Robert B. Williams ... Detective
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Storyline

A woman has recently been murdered. A teacher at the nearby high school receives threatening notes from a student. Detective Graham is the only one who believes that she is in danger. She fingers the boy, a popular student. Her teaching career is threatened, as is her life. The detective looks for evidence, and brings him in on burglary and murder charges. Both crimes are solved. Written by Audrey B. Morris

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THE PRETTY TEACHER AND THE BOY WHO GREW UP TOO FAST! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gentle Web See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay was based on an original story that Rosalind Russell had written for herself in the 40s. Her schedule was busy and by the time it was developed by Universal into a film in 1956, she was too old for the role. In addition, she had played a sexually frustrated, matronly teacher the previous year in "Picnic." See more »

Goofs

When the kids enter the "Sugar Shack" at the end, the juke box suddenly begins playing music, even though no one is anywhere near it to start it. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bennett: [to Lois in the malt shop as the school kids are dancing] Kids! You know, if you could harness all this energy, you could run our power plant for a year.
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Crazy Credits

Although John Saxon was billed conventionally in the opening titles, during the end titles there is one card listing the entire cast followed by a visual of John Saxon with the words "You have just seen a new personality JOHN SAXON." See more »

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'Teacher Dear'
26 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although Esther Williams got out of the pool in her first film outside MGM one look at this must have had her longing for her own set with water tank that MGM gave her.

Esther plays a high school music teacher who starts getting mash notes that are getting more and more explicit. They seem to be coming from a popular jock at her high school played by John Saxon. You'd think this kid could get about any girl in the school, but Saxon has issues, specifically dad issues and dad is played by the self righteous and repressed Edward Andrews.

Things aren't really handled well in fact the investigating detective who believes Esther is in danger is the only one who really has her back. George Nader is the detective, but he shouldn't have gotten involved with Williams while there was an active case. Not professional behavior, he should have been reprimanded or worse.

Next to her swim suit spectaculars at MGM, The Unguarded Moment comes off as distinctly second rate. Best in the film by far is Edward Andrews. He will really creep you out.

Esther's fans might be disappointed.


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