Not Wanted

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Not Wanted
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Directed byElmer Clifton
Ida Lupino (uncredited)
Screenplay byPaul Jarrico
Ida Lupino
Story byPaul Jarrico
Malvin Wald
Produced byAnson Bond
Ida Lupino
StarringSally Forrest
Keefe Brasselle
Leo Penn
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Music byLeith Stevens
Emerald Productions
Distributed byFilm Classics
Release date
  • June 24, 1949 (1949-06-24)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Not Wanted is a 1949 American drama film directed by Elmer Clifton and an un-credited Ida Lupino and starring Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle and Leo Penn.[1]

A few days after shooting started, Clifton suffered a heart attack. Lupino stepped in to direct the film (which she co-wrote and co-produced) without taking credit (this was the last film that Clifton worked on but not his final overall effort, as two films of his would be released after his death on October 15, 1949).[2] The film's sets were designed by the art director Charles D. Hall. Shooting took place at the Universal Studios.


A young woman is attracted to a travelling musician while feeling stifled at how her parents treat her. She abandons her home town to follow him but he has decided to move on to chase his dream career. After he has left, she finds out that she is pregnant and faces a decision over what to do about her impending baby. She gives the child away after giving birth but finds herself feeling guilty to the point where she nearly snatches a child from a stroller. In the meantime, her employer at the gas station has fallen in love with her.


Critical reception[edit]

The film has been received positively by modern critics. It holds a 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 5 reviews.[3]

Richard Brody of The New Yorker in a glowing review lauded the film and Lupino's direction, writing,

Lupino displays a documentary avidity for the details of work and play. She conveys Sally’s unworldly, impractical passion with tender, intimate closeups and an intense, effects-driven subjectivity—a hallucinatory sequence in a hospital is a masterpiece of low-budget Expressionism. An incongruous yet majestic chase scene, highlighting a photogenic array of Los Angeles locations, projects the intimate melodrama onto the world stage.[4]


  1. ^ Bubbeo p.165
  2. ^ "Movie of the Week: "Outrage"". The New Yorker. 9 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Not Wanted (1949)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Not Wanted". The New Yorker. June 13, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2020.


  • Daniel Bubbeo. The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with Filmographies for Each. McFarland, 2001.

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