The Wrong Rut (1949)

ELMER CLIFTON,  IDA LUPINO

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  

Original title:  Not Wanted

USA, 1949.  .  Story by , , Screenplay by Paul Jarrico, Ida Lupino.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Ida Lupino.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by  .

Studio actress Ida Lupino stepped outside of the major commercial area and directed a number of films through independent means, making movies with riskier subject matter than was generally seen on the silver screen. In this film, Lupino co-directed (following original director Eugene Clifton’s heart attack two days into production) a story that she also co-wrote about a young woman who gets pregnant on a casual date and has to deal with the social ostracism she is bound to face. She goes in search of the baby’s father to no avail, then following the baby’s birth nearly goes out of her mind. Powerful stuff, a bit dated by today’s standards in execution, but refreshingly honest work. The unedited version is called Not Wanted.

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