An imprisoned Sally (Sally Forrest) remembers what brought her to this moment in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Leo Penn is an itinerant musician and Sally Forrest is the small-town girl who has fallen for him in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED begins with Sally Kelton (Sally Forrest) at her lowest moment.
Sally (Sally Forrest) is charmed by Steve (Leo Penn) in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Drew (Keefe Brasselle) shows off his train set to Sally (Sally Forrest) in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Sally (Sally Forrest) pleads with Steve (Leo Penn) in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Sally (Sally Forrest) begins a new job in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Drew (Keefe Brasselle) tries to win over Sally (Sally Forrest) in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Keefe Brasselle as Drew Baxter in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
A wandering Sally (Sally Forrest) finds a temporary oasis. Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED is notable for its frank portrayal of its characters' circumstances on the opposite end of postwar prosperity.
Sally (Sally Forrest) can't get her mind off of Steve (Leo Penn) in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Sally (Sally Forrest) and Drew (Keefe Brasselle) meet cute on a long-distance bus trip in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.
Steve Ryan (Leo Penn) is an itinerant pianist in Ida Lupino's NOT WANTED.

Not Wanted

Ida Lupino and Elmer Clifton, 1949, U.S.

In Ida Lupino's directorial debut Not Wanted, 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.

In 1948, screen actress Ida Lupino left Warner Bros. to co-found The Filmmakers, an independent production company conceived as an alternative to the dominant aesthetics of Hollywood. 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 films feared to tread. 

In many ways this first directorial effort, while uncredited, already bears the stamp of Lupino's unique vision: the empathy felt for the lead character (Sally Forrest as the dazed, traumatized young waitress thrust into the world of unwed motherhood), the hallucinatory moments (note the subjective camerawork of the childbirth sequence), and the deft location shooting (as Forrest wanders through the bus stations and boarding houses of small-town America).

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  • 91 min
  • In English

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  • Blu-ray
  • DCP
  • DVD

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