It doesn’t happen often but every once in a while Bob and I have a very different take on a movie. And it’s a fun discussion when that does happen, which is the case with “Not Wanted” released in 1949, directed primarily by Ida Lupino and starring Sally Forest, Keefe Brasselle, and Leo Penn. It tells the story of a young women who falls in love with an intense moody piano player. She ends up pregnant with his child. He skips town and she’s left to her own devices. Another young man named Steve Ryan falls in love with Sally’s character, but she’s too ashamed and full of guilt as a result of her pregnancy and can’t find a way to let him into her heart.
Is this a dated story of morays from the 1949 or is it a tale of the social pressures that women suffer under even to this very day?