Dangerous Years

Dangerous Years is a 1947 American drama film produced by Sol M. Wurtzel, directed by Arthur Pierson, starring Billy Halop and Ann E. Todd. Marilyn Monroe makes her first on screen appearance as Evie the waitress in the restaurant scene.

Dangerous Years
Marilyn Monroe's brief scene as waitress Evie
Directed byArthur Pierson
Produced byHoward Sheehan
Written byPhoebe Ephron
Henry Ephron
Story byLamar Trotti
StarringBilly Halop
Ann E. Todd
Scotty Beckett
Music byRudy Schrager
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byWilliam F. Claxton
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 7, 1947 (1947-12-07) (United States)
Running time
62 mins.
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

The God-fearing residents of Middleton are worried that the Gopher Hole, a new road house restaurant outside of town, will bring their teenage kids to ruin. Jeff Carter, who is a history teacher at the local school, goes on to look closer at the place to see if all the worries are justified.

Jeff discovers that a group of boys from town, Willy Miller, Gene Spooner and the tough Danny Jones, are planning to rob a warehouse in town. When trying to stop them, they struggle and a gunshot goes off, killing Jeff. The killer, Danny, and the rest of the gang flee, using Willy's father's delivery truck. The truck is recognized by a witness working at the warehouse. The boys hide out at the Gopher Hole, joining a game of cards, acting as if they have been there all night.

The police arrive to the Gopher Hole and eventually arrest the boys. Danny is the only boy who isn't under age, and he is prosecuted for first degree murder by district attorney Edgar Burns.

At the trial, Burns claims that Danny had planned to kill Jeff because of their previous encounters and the fact that Danny hated Jeff. On his side, boy Leo, tells of Danny's attempt to punch Jeff and that he was the one who brought the boys to the Gopher Hole in the first place.

Willy then blames his own behaviour on his father's abuse and harsh treatment of him. Before the prosecution rests its case, the district attorney's daughter, Connie Burns, causes a scandal when she admits to being acquainted with Danny ten years ago, when they were both living at an orphanage. The district attorney explains that he at first was unaware of the fact that he had a daughter, since his first marriage was annulled. When the proprietor of the orphanage, Miss Templeton, contacted him, he took his unknown daughter home with him.

In the end, Danny is convicted of murder, but Miss Templeton reveals to Danny that the district attorney is his father, and that Connie is someone else's daughter. Her reason for lying about this was that Connie at that time was in more need of help and support. Danny decides it is better to not tell Connie the truth, and asks Miss Templeton to keep the secret, while he goes off to serve his life sentence in prison.[1]



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