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Not Wanted (1949)

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 (3) | Top Critics (1)

A startling blend of compassion and invention.

Full Review… | June 13, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Not Wanted

The acting does nothing but decorate the word "melodramatic," the sound quality and production value poor, the story uninteresting, and the characters unlikeable. Not Wanted definitely does not hold up

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

While this is probably a movie that was provocative at the time, Not Wanted just comes off as dull today. The production value is poor, the acting is often sub par, and the chase scene at the end is supposed to be exciting, but it is too little and too late. Also, the ending is haphazard, leaving the rest of the story unclear for the few who might manage to be entertained by such a film.

Luke W
Luke W

Ida Lupino's first movie and an early feminist film. I enjoyed it a lot, although it's a little schmaltzy and predictable. To make a sympathetic portrayal of unwed mothers with a happy ending for the heroine must have required real bravery during the era.

Marissa Seko
Marissa Seko

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