The Careless Years

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The Careless Years
The Careless Years.jpg
Film Poster
Directed by Arthur Hiller
John E. Burch (assistant)
Produced by Edward Lewis
Written by John Howard Lawson
Mitch Lindemann
Starring Dean Stockwell
Natalie Trundy
John Larch
Barbara Billingsley
John Stevenson
Maureen Cassidy
Mason Alan Dinehart
Virginia Christine
Guy Boyd
Leo Grillo
Music by Leith Stevens
Cinematography Sam Leavitt
Edited by Leon Barsha
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • September 2, 1957 (1957-09-02) (U.S.)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Careless Years is a 1957 film from United Artists directed by Arthur Hiller and produced by Edward Lewis. The film was the directorial debut for Hiller.[1] The film stars Dean Stockwell and Natalie Trundy in an early film appearance.


Two high school seniors from different social groups go on a date. He begins to fall for her when she resists his amorous advances and decides they should get married immediately. Both sets of parents object to the sudden nature of the proposal. He talks her into going to Mexico to get married, but they finally decide it is best to wait until they are older.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Dean Stockwell Jerry Vernon
Natalie Trundy Emily 'Miley' Meredith
John Larch Sam Vernon
Barbara Billingsley Helen Meredith
John Stevenson Charles Meredith
Virginia Christine Mathilda Vernon

Critical reception[edit]

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times did not care for the movie.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trivia for The Careless Years (1957)". IMDB. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1957-11-28). "Original New York Times review". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 

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