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Blue Denim (1959)

Arthur Bartley and Janet Willard are fairly typical 1950s teenagers. Their lives are turned upside down however when Janet becomes pregnant. Desperate to tell his parents of the predicament... See full summary »

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Philip Dunne

Writers:

Edith Sommer (screenplay), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Carol Lynley ... Janet Willard
Brandon De Wilde ... Arthur Bartley
Macdonald Carey ... Major Malcolm Bartley, Ret.
Marsha Hunt ... Jessie Bartley
Warren Berlinger ... Ernie
Buck Class Buck Class ... Axel Sorenson
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Lillian Bartley
Vaughn Taylor ... Professor Willard
Roberta Shore ... Cherie
Mary Young ... Aunt Bidda
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Arthur Bartley and Janet Willard are fairly typical 1950s teenagers. Their lives are turned upside down however when Janet becomes pregnant. Desperate to tell his parents of the predicament they find themselves in, Arthur finds that he cannot do so. He arranges for Janet to have an abortion, but the internal turmoil this causes him finally forces him to tell his father, who races to save the girl from the back room abortionist. Written by garykmcd

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Listen to the kids in the motion picture "Blue Denim" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Denim See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original play ended with Janet following through with an abortion, and she and Arthur realizing afterwards that they genuinely loved one another. Hollywood's Production Code, however, didn't allow for such a development, so the ending was rewritten. See more »

Quotes

Janet Willard: [frustratedly, as she browses a medical book detailing pregnancy] It doesn't say how to STOP it!
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Connections

Featured in Less Than Zero (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Something's Gotta Give
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Mercer
Played when Art and Janet are dancing at the hop
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very effective c/s b/w 1959 sit com teen drama...
24 June 2016 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Dated as it may be, BLUE DENIM, or BLUE JEANS as it was known overseas, is still an effective teen pregnancy film, and no doubt a big deal of it's time. Carol Lynley is by far the best actor in this modest but visually quite engrossing studio bound movie from Fox, with really beautiful c/s b/w imagery and TV style settings and acting. It reminded me a lot of COMPULSION and THE STRIPPER and KISS ME STUPID and even IN COLD BLOOD with its rural town suburbia in CinemaScope b/w, a style I have always thought atmospheric and effective. Brandon De Wilde clearly just 16 or 17 is quite puppy-fat terrific as the handsome nice boy with the Patty Duke Show style parents, but it is Carol Lynley who acts everyone else off the screen. I grew to really love this film as it went on and actually had a good cry. It still works if you are willing to see it as a very strong teen pregnancy film of its time which must have really had an effect on every teen who saw it. Tragic that DeWilde was killed at 30 in a car crash, as this film had the Rebel Without A Cause image and emotion well presented. Quite beautiful for many reasons and wonderfully frank for 1959. It must have made millions of dollars on a very low budget. There is a wonderful horrible Gothic moment with the abortionists car and the hag within.


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