The Young Runaways (1968 film)

The Young Runaways is a 1968 American teen drama film directed by Arthur Dreifuss and starring Brooke Bundy, Kevin Coughlin and Patty McCormack. The supporting players are Lloyd Bochner, Dick Sargent and in one of his earliest roles, Richard Dreyfuss, who as a small part as Terry, a juvenile delinquent who meets a bad end.

The Young Runaways
Directed byArthur Dreifuss
Produced byJerome F. Katzman (associate producer)
Sam Katzman (producer)
Written byOrville H. Hampton
StarringBrooke Bundy
Kevin Coughlin
Lloyd Bochner
Patty McCormack
Music byFred Karger
CinematographyJohn F. Warren
Edited byBen Lewis
Four-Leaf Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 11, 1968 (1968-09-11)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

It was McCormack's comeback film.[1][2]


The film begins with Shelley Morrison (Brooke Bundy) packing to run away from home because she feels she is not loved by her widowed father (Lloyd Bochner). She tells their maid (future The Jeffersons star Isabel Sanford) that to her father she is not his daughter, but a product. She has overheard him telling columnist Army Archerd that he is testing some of his psychological theories about teenagers on his own daughter.

Shelley catches a ride with an older man. He tries to put the moves on her, and they have an accident when he loses control of the car. She escapes without her suitcase and winds up in Chicago. She meets a prostitute named Joanne in a diner, and Joanne tells Shelley that she is a model. Joanne offers Shelley a place to stay, with the ulterior motive of turning Shelley into a working girl.

Kevin Coughlin plays Dewey, who runs away from home because he fears he has gotten his girlfriend pregnant. He first stays in a boarding house run by Sage (Dick Sargent). There he meets Terry (Richard Dreyfuss), who has an allergy to work and makes fun of Terry for wanting to find a job. Dewey gets a job at a gas station for $1.00 per hour and moves into a rooming house. He is coming home one night during a downpour and meets Shelley, who has run away from Joanne the prostitute, after Joanne has taken her on a double 'date'. Dewey convinces the police that Shelley is his sister and they allow her to go with him. She stays with Dewey (on the sofa, of course) and soon they are falling in love.

Deannie (McCormack) cannot stand her shrewish mother (Lynn Bari) constantly telling her what to do, runs away to Chicago and meets Loch (Ken Del Conte), a musician who is just a tad possessive. She moves in with him, but began to have feelings for his roommate Curly (Lance LeGault). Loch comes home and finds Deannie in bed with Curly. In a rage, he beats them both to death.

Joanne's pimp is afraid that Shelley will lead the police to him, so he has her kidnapped and held in a basement. The police find her in time and she returns home with her father. She and Dewey promise to keep in touch.


  1. Patty McCormack Still Not Reformed in 'Comeback' Film Dorothy Manners:. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 05 June 1968: D18.
  2. MOVIE REVIEWS: 'Runaways' Playing Citywide Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Dec 1968: a9.
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