Blue Denim (30-Jul-1959)|
Director: Philip Dunne
Writers: Philip Dunne; Edith R. Sommer
From a play by: James Leo Herlihy; William Noble
Review by JP (posted on 25-Sep-2005)
I saw this movie in Enland in 1959 or 1960. I was a military brat attending schoool at Molesworth AFB. The movie had a strong effect on me as I had just reached 14 and all these hormones were driving me crazy. I had major crushes on both Brandon and Carol in this movie at that time. My crush continued on Brandon for years to follow. And what a sad loss to lose such a fine actor at such an early age.
For its timely subject matter when sex was being explored by young teens the writing in this film was profoundly right on target at what was going on in high schools around the counrty. The free sex movement was close behind. I think we the way the family handled the situation in this movie was a strong comment on what was to come. Of course there are those who might call this corny. But if you were that age at that time... you felt it was not corny at all.
Review by anonymous (posted on 17-Aug-2005)
This is a heartfelt tale of teen love
in the late 50's early 60's. It was remarkable for the touching beauty
of the principals, Brandon de Wilde and Carol Lynley. Much fumbling and
teenage groping which was daring for its time, culminating in the
inevitable turmoil of an unwanted pregnancy and the subsequent moral
challenges associated with it. Fairly good camera work and lighting in
BW, shadowy images on a basement couch. Unfortunately, I suspect that
this was Carol Lynley's finest hour.
Review by anonymous (posted on 2-Jul-2006)
Wow, it's been forty-seven years since
I saw this movie, and while I remember very little about the content
(oh how I would love to see it again), I never forgot Brandon de Wilde
ever since. Funny how it all struck me, I was twelve at the time, now I
have a thirteen year-old granddaughter, it's hard to believe, but this
film was beyond much of my understanding, I just know that it stirred
my emotions in ways that never had been before. It's such a delicate
time in a child's growth, and back then even more so since kids at that
age then were still much more innocent than most kids of that age today
are. There was something about Brandon that so touched me, I would love
to find out there was a video out of this movie so that I could watch
it again after all these years!
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