Teenage Rebel

Teenage Rebel is a 1956 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Ginger Rogers and Michael Rennie. It was nominated for two Academy Awards; Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction (Lyle R. Wheeler, Jack Martin Smith, Walter M. Scott, and Stuart A. Reiss).[3][4]

Teenage Rebel
Film poster
Directed byEdmund Goulding
Produced byCharles Brackett
Written byCharles Brackett
Edmund Goulding
Walter Reisch
Based onA Roomful of Roses
1955 play
by Edith Sommer
StarringGinger Rogers
Music byLeigh Harline
CinematographyJoseph MacDonald
Edited byWilliam Mace
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • November 1, 1956 (1956-11-01) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.75 million (US)[2]

The film was an adaptation of the play A Roomful of Roses by Edith Sommer, with Betty Lou Keim reprising her Broadway role. Teenage Rebel was the first black-and-white CinemaScope film.[5]


Nancy Fallon (Ginger Rogers), a divorcee who has trouble communicating with her 15-year-old daughter Dodie (Betty Lou Keim). Left in the custody of her father (Michael Rennie), Dodie feels as though her mother has deserted her.[6]


Original play

The film was based on a play, A Roomful of Roses written by Edith Sommers. It was bought for production in 1954 bu Guthrie McClintock and Stanley Gilkek. [7]

In June 1955 Patricia Neal agreed to star.[8]

The play premiered on October 17. The New York Times said the acting was "winning" and it was "written with humanity".[9]

Linda Darnell later made her stage debut in a production of the play in Phoenix Arizona.[10]


Film rights were purchased by 20th Century Fox before the play was even produced. In May 1955 Darryl F. Zanuck assigned the play to Sam Engel to produce.[11]

According to writer Walter Reisch, 20th Century Fox had a commitment with Ginger Rogers and bought the play as a vehicle for her[12]. Rogers' casting was announced in May 1956.[13]

Reisch later said it was one of his favorite films, saying "It was a beautiful idea: a girl, the daughter of a woman who had meanwhile remarried, comes to the house to meet her new family. [Edmund] Goulding directed it. We only used the nucleus, the germ of the play, and made a lovely picture, a big success. But it was in black-and-white CinemaScope; again we couldn't get the color camera."[12]

The film was known as Our Teenage Daughter and Dodie before Fox settled on Teenage Rebel. In June 1956 Betty Lou Kenim was cast in her stage role.[14]

Filming started in June 1956. The movie was the only film being shot on the Fox lot.[15]


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p250.
  2. 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957.
  3. "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  4. "NY Times: Teenage Rebel". NY Times. Retrieved December 22, 2008.
  5. "Teenage Rebel (1956) - Misc Notes - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  6. Hal Erickson. "Teenage Rebel (1956) - Edmund Goulding - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  7. LUNTS RETURNING IN PLAY TONIGHT: Edna Best and Brian Aherne Also Are Starred in Noel Coward's 'Quadrille' By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times November 3, 1954: 35.
  8. STRATFORD GROUP REACHES RUBICON: American Shakespeare Fete Opens Tonight With 'Julius Caesar' as Initial Bill By ARTHUR GELB. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]July 12, 1955: 21.
  9. A Roomful of Roses' Opens at Playhouse: Play by Edith Sommer Merits Bouquets Betty Lou Keim and Patricia Neal Praised By BROOKS ATKINSON. New York Times October 18, 1955: 48.
  10. PLAY ROLE TAKEN BY LINDA DARNELL: Film Actress Signs Contract to Bow Here Next Fall in 'Harbor Lights' Garbo May Do Play Harris Goes to London By LOUIS CALTA. New York Times July 12, 1956: 15.
  11. Story of 'Roomful of Roses' Seems to Have Some Thorns Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune May 10, 1955: b5.
  12. McGilligan, Patrick (1991). Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s. University of California Press. p. 243.
  13. Diana Dors Signed by R.K.O. New York Times May 25, 1956: 26.
  14. REPUBLIC PLANS 18 NEW PICTURES: Studio Will Resume Filming Operations in July With Low-Budget Program Columbia Signs Reinhardt By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times. New York Times June 15, 1956: 30.
  15. PROBLEMS SLOW ACTIVITY AT FOX: Story and Talent Difficulties Keep Studio From Planned Film Production Record Tony Curtis to Star Of Local Origin By THOMAS M. PRYOR New York Times June 16, 1956: 12.
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