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Genres: Drama
Actors: Troy Donahue , Connie Stevens , Dorothy McGuire , Lloyd Nolan , Brian Aherne , Grant Williams , Natalie Schafer , Kent Smith , Bert Convy
Director: Delmer Daves
Country: United States
Year: 1961
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 (314 votes)

Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year stay at a remote Chilean mine where her father was chief engineer. Onboard ship, she’s romanced by Conn White, a handsome mountain climber on his way to Alaska. Home in Monterey, Susan longs to hear from Conn. Two locals also take a shine to her – Hoyt Brecker, a horse wrangler who’s the son of a criminal, and Wells Corbett, a sweet guy who lives in his high-society parents’ shadow. Jump ahead two years, Susan has a desperate secret that her socially-conscious mother won’t let her share. Can Susan find happiness – and what is it really that turns a girl into a woman?

Film Review

A classic soaper, beautifully photographed by the late Lucien Ballard, and the absolutely lush musical score by the late Max Steiner elevates this movie to dizzying heights.Connie Stevens is perfectly cast as the the young naive girl falling in love for the first time. Unfortunately her beau is tragically killed before they can get married leaving her pregnant. Lloyd Nolan and Dorothy McGuire are perfectly cast as her understanding parents, as is faithful stable-boy Troy Donahue who pursues Connie until she finally give her heart to him.Very typical early 1960s mores abound. Watching this film now is very dated in fact in some parts even laughable; but that doesn’t matter. This film is very underrated, and deserves to be on DVD along with the other Delmer Daves films of that era.It’s hard to believe that the only actor alive from this film is Connie Stevens, everyone else has long since passed away.

I also really loved this movie and used to watch it almost every year when I was a young girl. Of course, now it is never shown, and I echo everyone else’s sentiments about desiring to purchase the movie if it is ever released on VHS or DVD. I especially would like to see it now that I am an adult, as I am curious if it would affect me the same as it did when I was a child. I remember it was so dramatic and so heartwrenching…particularly the hospital scene at the end of the movie…also the scene when her father has the heart attack. Does anyone know how we could get this movie??rkyobo

I remember going out to a drive in movie with my parents when I was a 7 year old. I was too young to understand the concept of the film but I do remember a blonde named Susie who had a baby, went horseback riding and almost got killed, and who went crazy a lot. I'll be 54 within the next week from today, but I read a review about the movie on a site called that helped me understand the movie a lot better than I did then when I was 7. I haven't seen it since then. And I remember the part where the baby picked up the cigarette lighter while his mom Susie (Connie Stevens) was talking to this visiting guy (Troy Donahue), then a minute later I heard the baby crying from the other room and as Susie and the guy ran into that room, the scene of that kid burning on his bed really jolted me out of my back car seat in a horrifying kind of way that my mom and dad had to calm me down. It was a nightmare on the silver screen that I'd never forget to this day. But fro…