Our Very Own (1950)
Joyfully preparing for her high-school graduation, and her 18th birthday, Gail Macauley (Ann Blyth) stumbles across a family secret. Contrary to what she's been raised to believe, Gail's parents (Jane Wyatt, Donald Cook) are not her biological parents; she was adopted. Setting a precedent that would be followed by many adoptees of the 1970s and 1980s, Gail will not rest until she tracks down her natural mother. A soap opera deluxe, Our Very Own should not be too closely scrutinized in terms of plot and logic. It is best to revel in the performances by such surefire veterans as Ann Dvorak (as Gail's biological mother) and Gus Schilling (as a flustered television installer), and by such talented "youngsters" as Joan Evans, Phyllis Kirk and Natalie Wood. And as a bonus to Baby Boomers, the film offers a glimpse of the legendary "Indian Head" TV test pattern (yes, it goes back that far!) Our Very Own was written by F. Hugh Herbert, produced by Sam Goldwyn, and directed by David Miller, none of whom make a false move throughout the film's 93 minutes. … More
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Cast: Ann Blyth, Ann Dvorak, Joan Evans, Farley Granger, Natalie Wood, Phyllis Kirk, Gus Schilling, Jane Wyatt, Donald Cook
Director: David Miller
Summary: Joyfully preparing for her high-school graduation, and her 18th birthday, Gail Mccauley stumbles across a family secret. Contrary to what she's been raised to believe, Gail's parents are not her biological parents; she was adopted.
My Thoughts: "Loved the movie. I felt awful for the way Gail finds out. No one should find out that kind of news in that particular way. Her sister Joan is so jealous and catty. She's definitely the mean girl in the movie. But you see how awful she feels in the aftermath of her temper tantrum. You also feel a little resentment towards Gail for how she treats her adopted parents even though she is justified in her feelings. Great classic."
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