The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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Privileged college student Andy Shaeffer is a mama's boy who flunks out of school and is drafted by the army where he becomes a real man, to the astonishment of everyone.


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  • Natalie Wood and David Janssen in The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
  • Natalie Wood and Tab Hunter in The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
  • Natalie Wood and Tab Hunter in The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
  • The Girl He Left Behind (1956)
  • Marion Hargrove, author of "the Girl He Left Behind," discusses the story with Natalie Wood. c. 1956.
  • Tab Hunter in The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

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15 June 2010 | DKosty123
5
| Great Cast - Insane Script
This movie can't seem to decide if it is a comedy or drama. Tab Hunter's role though well acted is strange. It seems Hunter can join the Army & tell the Army what he wants. At least the script is consistent here as his mother comes to visit him & does the same thing.

Natalie Wood is 18 years old when she does this movie & looks great even in the frumpy dresses she gets to wear in some sequences. You can not hide a hot 18 year old babe unless you keep her off camera. The rest of the script is a veritable who's who of character actors.

James Garner has a small role in his 3rd career film. David Jansen has a small before Fugitive role as an officer. Norman Fell (Stanley Roper) though I can't find him credited is in quite a few sequences. Raymond Bailey (Milburn Drysdale on Beverly Hillbillies) is here as well as Jim Bakus (Thurston Howell on Gilligan's Island) is here too. The interesting thing here more than the plot is seeing all this talent on screen trying to bring off a weak script.

At times, the script tries to be funny & at times like when kids almost get blasted when they wander on to the artillery range, the film gets a little dramatic. I think if the film had headed more for comedy, especially with this support cast, it would have been better.

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