Not Wanted (June 24, 1949)
Released on June 24, 1949: Sally falls in love with a musician, but he moves on for parts unknown, leaving Sally pregnant in a society with very few options for unwed mothers.
Produced by Ida Lupino
Directed by Elmer Clifton and Ida Lupino
Written by Paul Jarrico, Malvin Wald and Ida Lupino
The Actors: Sally Forrest (Sally Kelton), Keefe Brasselle (Drew Baxter), Leo Penn (Steve Ryan), Dorothy Adams (Mrs. Aggie Kelton), Wheaton Chambers (Mr. Kelton), Rita Lupino (Joan), Audrey Farr (Nancy), Carole Donne (Jane), Ruth Clifford (Mrs. Elizabeth Stone), Ruthelma Stevens (Miss James), Virginia Mullen (infant's mother Mrs. Banning), Marie Harmon (Irene), Roger Anderson (Bill Aikens), Gregg Barton (patrolman), Charles Seel (Dr. Williams), Lawrence Dobkin (Assistant District Attorney), Patrick Whyte (Reverend Culbertson), Maurice Bernstein (doctor in delivery room), Tom Coleman (townsman), Dian Fauntelle (prisoner), Bob Jellison (bartender), Anne O'Neal (Mrs. Nigh), Leo Sulky (townsman), Robert Williams (Policeman booking Sally)
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Mothers without Husbands in 1949
In 1949 World War II was over, tens of thousands of young men returned home from Europe and the Pacific, and many of their women quit their war time jobs to become wives and mothers, and the first of the famous 'Baby Boom' generation children were being born . . . and not all of those mothers had husbands.
In 1949 television was the toy of the wealthy, and the rest of the world learned about their world from newspapers, magazines, . . . and movie theaters. Ida Lupino was a well-known actress who watched young naive girls get into trouble that they didn't know how to get out of and she was so concerned that she spent her own money to finance several 'Mother-warn-your-daughters' movies, and this is one of the most special ones.
Ida Lupino hired well-known and expert director Elmer Clifton to film this story, and during filming he collapsed with a massive heart attack that would take his life, leaving the production without a director. What was Ida Lupino to do? She felt so strongly about the message of this movie that she took over as director, and as a result went on to direct several more movies, and acquire a very good reputation as a motion picture director.
Sally Forrest is a young girl who falls for a piano player who has a one-night stand with her before moving on to a nearby town. Sally runs away from home to join the pianist, played by Leo Penn, father of actor Sean Penn, but the pianist wants no part of Sally and once again moves away, leaving Sally alone in a strange town with a ‘bun in the oven.’
The phenomenon of mothers without husbands has evolved greatly since 1949, and this gives us a fascinating peek into 1949 America and the problems of young girls in trouble, with very few options. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Keefe Brasselle and Sally Forrest eat popcorn at the carnival
Keefe Brasselle and Sally Forrest
Leo Penn and Sally Forrest
Leo Penn and Sally Forrest
Leo Penn in 1949
Rita Lupino and Sally Forrest
Ruth Clifford and Sally Forrest
Sally Forrest and Anne O'Neal
Sally Forrest and Keefe Brasselle
Sally Forrest and Leo Penn
Sally Forrest and Rita Lupino
Sally Forrest and Wheaton Chambers
Keefe Brasselle sleeps on Sally Forrest's shoulder