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Not Wanted (1949)




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A romantic tragedy, this movie depicts a naive young girl as she becomes infatuated with a musician and, eventually, pregnant. Written and produced by Ida Lupino.

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Sally Forrest
as Sally Kelton
Leo Penn
as Steve Ryan
Keefe Brasselle
as Drew Baxter
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Kelton
Wheaton Chambers
as Mr. Kelton
Ruth Clifford
as Mrs. Stone
Ruthelma Stevens
as Miss James
Virginia Mullen
as Infant's Mother
Gregg Barton
as Patrolman
Charles Seel
as Dr. Williams
Lawrence Dobkin
as Assistant District Attorney
Patrick Whyte
as Rev. Culbertson
Maurice Bernstein
as Delivery Room Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Not Wanted

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A startling blend of compassion and invention.

June 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Yet unlike many similar films of the late 40s and 50s, which took a "there but for the grace of god go I" point of view toward societal issues, Lupino's films replaced pity with empathy, and she treated her characters with compassion rather than judgment.

October 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Not Wanted effectively exposes women's internalization of shame surrounding sex and motherhood-to Sally, the baby is a proof of her shame, a physical manifestation of her social rejection, and the rejection of a man who did not love her.

September 25, 2019 | Full Review…

A well-intentioned candid melodrama about an unwed mother's plight.

April 6, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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