Directed by Ida Lupino • 1949 • United States
Starring Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle, Leo Penn
In Ida Lupino’s directorial debut, young and naive “unwed mother” Sally Forrest’s life spirals out of control after her musician beau (Leo Penn) ditches her for an out-of-town gig, despite the presence of another man (Keefe Brasselle) determined to win her heart. With the low-key, intimate NOT WANTED, Lupino tackled the “taboo” topic of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, immediately venturing into terrain where big-budget mainstream fantasy-spinners feared to tread. In many ways this extraordinary first directorial effort, while uncredited, already bears the hallmarks of Lupino’s unique vision: the remarkable empathy felt for the lead character, the hallucinatory moments, and the deft location shooting.