Too Young to Love (film)

Too Young to Love is a 1959 British drama film directed by Muriel Box and starring Pauline Hahn, Joan Miller, and Austin Willis.[1] It was based on the play Pickup Girl by Elsa Shelley.[2]

Too Young to Love
Original British quad poster
Directed byMuriel Box
Produced byHerbert Smith
Sydney Box
Written byMuriel Box
Sydney Box
Based onPickup Girl (play)
by Elsa Shelley
StarringThomas Mitchell
Pauline Hahn
Joan Miller
Music byBruce Montgomery
CinematographyGerald Gibbs
Edited byJean Barker
Welbeck Films Ltd.
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 1959 (1959)[1]
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


In juvenile court, 15-year-old Elizabeth (Pauline Hahn) recounts her story (in flashback) before the judge. Elizabeth lives with her working mother in New York while her father is away working in California. Elizabeth's tale is one of parental neglect and lack of guidance. She gets in with "the wrong crowd". After an affair with a sailor, she has an abortion and is eventually arrested for teenage prostitution. The judge (Thomas Mitchell) is sympathetic, but Elizabeth's fate hangs in the balance.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "(Thomas) Mitchell does all he can to keep this picture from failing, but it's not enough...this is hurt mainly by its excess of courtroom scenes."[3]


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