DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

MARRIED TOO YOUNG (I MARRIED TOO YOUNG) (director: George Moskov; screenwriters:Ed Wood Jr./story and screenplay by Nat Tanchuck; cinematographer: Ernest Haller; editor: Maurice Wright; music:  Manuel Francisco; cast: Harold Lloyd Jr. (Tommy Blaine), Jana Lund (Helen Newton), Anthony Dexter (Lech), Trudy Marshall (SusanNewton), Brian O'Hara (George Newton), Marianna Hill (Marla), David Bond (Justice of Peace), George Cisar (Miltie), Irene Ross (Phyllis), Richard Davies (Judge), Joel Mondeaux (Felton), Nita Loveless (Grace Blaine), Lincoln Demyan (George Blaine), Anthony Dexter (Grimes), Tom Fransden (Sportscaster), Frank Harding (Daddy-O), Cedric Jordan (Mike); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Ed Wood Jr./George Moskov; Sinister Cinema; 1962)

"Soap opera daytime TV handles this sort of softball material better."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

Filmed as if a 1950s troubled teen film, replete with jukeboxes, jitterbugging and malt shops. Directed by the Ukrainian-born George Moskov, a long-time producer. It's written by the celebrated Ed Wood Jr. and Nat Tanchuck, from Tanchuck's coming-of-age family drama and comedy.

Teens Tommy Blaine (Harold Lloyd Jr. ) and Helen Newton (Jana Lund) impulsively elope. They then please their parents by having a second ceremony. To economically survive, they move in with Tommy's folks (Nita Loveless & Lincoln Demyan). They both find married life difficult, as Tommy's dreams of a medical career seem unlikely now. Tommy gets a job in a garage. He's approached there by the sinister Grimes (Anthony Dexter) to handle stolen cars for a ring of car thieves. Tommy resists, at first.

Meanwhile Helen doesn't get along with the Blaine's and rather than move in with the Newtons (Brian O'Hara & Trudy Marshall), Tommy buys a home he can't afford. Now desperate for cash, Tommy accepts the offer by Grimes. While riding in a stolen car with his wife, the young couple is arrested. The court places Tommy on probation. Both parents  combine to send Tommy to college. Case closed. The kid will now follow his middle-class DNA.

Soap opera daytime TV handles this sort of softball material better.

REVIEWED ON 9/23/2015       GRADE: C+

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