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Young Lovers 1949

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4.0 out of 5 stars (10) IMDb 6.6/10

Talented and beautiful Carol Williams (Forrest) is devastated when she learns she has contracted Polio and becomes crippled by the disease. The depressed and embittered young woman breaks her engagement to her dance partner and choreographer, Guy Richards (Brasselle), but he is determined to stay by her side. Preferring to be alone in her misery, Carol slowly learns to allow others to help her and share in her grief. She is finally able to bring herself to participate in and go on with her new life.

Starring:
Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Ida Lupino
Starring Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle
Supporting actors Hugh O'Brian, Eve Miller, Lawrence Dobkin, Rita Lupino, Herbert Butterfield, Kevin O'Morrison, Stanley Waxman, Jerry Hausner, John Franco
Studio Reel Enterprises
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Tough, surprisingly effective B-movie. Sally Forrest and Keefe Brasselle play a young dance team (who are also sweethearts) about to get their big break when she contracts polio. Ida Lupino's no-nonsense script (she co-authored) and direction keep the film from falling into the type of maudlin sentimentality that as so typical of Hollywood in the early 1950s. Rather, the film focuses on what the disease does to her confidence and will to recover and to their relationship. Definitely worth a try.
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This is an "old" (black and white) film. I found it quite interesting, but would not rate it in the "best" category. It tells the story of a young stage dancer whose promising career is cut off by polio and who has to go through rehabilitation. I felt the storyline was not very original and also I felt the ending was a little bit unsatisfying because I think they should have worked more to tie up the loose ends. Nevertheless there is much that is interesting. There are a couple of subplots showing the main characters becoming interested in other people and this is handled with sensitivity. From the historical standpoint, it is interesting to see how polio rehabilitation was treated at that time, something that has now been rendered obsolete. There were a few unintentionally funny touches, such as when the doctor offered the patient a cigarette, showing how much our culture has changed between then and now. As a dance fan, I was interested to see the show dance that the lead characters performed at the beginning. I thought Sally Forrest as the lead was very good and also one of the supporting characters, her secondary romantic interest ("Len"), handled his part very well. This is the type of film that, when I see it, I think, they ought to do a contemporary remake.
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This is such a good film! I would ditto/repeat the positives that have already been given! I don't 'put down' "B: movies as so many were the best and well worth watching, and made up a lot of my life what I did watch :). The comment about it 'not being original' was a bit 'off' to say the least, as it was an 'original' because it was a true story. Therefore if it was true, it had to be some person's 'original' story!
I heard of Ida Lupino's directing a few years ago (probably on TCM). Not up enough on all what films she did, yet knew that she tackled 'tough/untouchable' subjects. Brave lady. And this was done excellent. Yes, of course we would have liked to 'tie up some loose ends' at the tail-end; but it spoke enough to catch the point, and it probably was not the connecting dot for the rest of the show, and the best place to 'leave something out' if needed to. The earlier part of Guy leaving made me wonder what would happen, if Carol and Len would be the couple.
One thing I do wish had been added in the script was the side needing to be said to Carol: did she think anyone else would be 'less of a person' had a tragedy happened to them? It was very good to say that stuff happens every day and must be dealt with, and more than half is dealing with your attitude. And it was good to show that Guy had his side to deal with when she totally rejected him. Carol would maybe have seen things in a different light had she allowed Guy to be a part of her recovery. (That seemed to me to be implied in the program.)
I felt the film covered quite a bit of the aspects of dealing with that situation, or any infirmity/ disability quite well. The fact that it was before a 'cure' gives an excellent side to how it was handled for polio.
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This movie is one that makes you think, how would you behave if you had an illness that left you crippled or unable to take care of yourself...would you mope or fight??
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Sally Forrest is a very beautiful, highly versatile actress who portrays a young professional dancer who contracts polio, and believes she cannot remain engaged to her partner unless she can become as whole and complete as he is. After breaking off their engagement, she comes to the realization, through a girlfriend who married after she contracted polio, that it is alright to accept her partner's help in overcoming her disability. Although the film was made during the polio era, in 1949, several years before the polio vaccine was available, it has relevance today because of the late effects of polio (post polio syndrome).
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