Blue Denim (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

Blue Denim (1959)





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The hot topics of abortion and a hopeless generation gap between parents and teens fuel this interesting, though dated drama by director Philip Dunne. Janet (Carol Lynley, reprising her stage role) is only fifteen and has become pregnant by her sixteen-year-old boyfriend (Brandon de Wilde). The two teens are desperate to find a way out of their dilemma. Janet's father is a university professor and sees her as the ideal image of her dead mother. Arthur's father is a retired Army officer caught up in his military values, while his mother is busy working on Arthur's sister's wedding. In short, there is no adult the teens can rely on for sympathy or support. Their solution is to seek out an abortion without telling their parents, and as the sinister-looking woman arrives in a black limousine to take Janet away to the unscrupulous, unethical doctor who performs abortions, it is clear that this movie is playing to a certain audience at a certain place and time.


Carol Lynley
as Janet Willard
Brandon De Wilde
as Arthur Bartley
Buck Class
as Axel Sorenson
Macdonald Carey
as Maj. Malcolm Bartley
Marsha Hunt
as Jessie Bartley
Nina Shipman
as Lillian Bartley
Vaughan Taylor
as Prof. Willard
Mary Young
as Aunt Bidda
William Schallert
as Vice President
Juney Ellis
as Woman in Car
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Blue Denim is a product of not only a more conservative time but also a more conservative Hollywood. Yet the film is nevertheless free of the hysteria and hypocrisy often found in vintage works of this nature.

August 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While [Dunne] is most remembered as a great screenwriter, his tender, unassuming direction of Blue Denim shows that he was a filmmaker ahead of his time.

June 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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