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Not Wanted

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Not Wanted
Directed byElmer Clifton
Ida Lupino
Written byPaul Jarrico
Ida Lupino
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 Ida Lupino and starring Sally Forrest, Keefe Brasselle and Leo Penn.[1]

The film's sets were designed by the art director Charles D. Hall. Shooting took place at the Universal Studios.


After abandoning her home town to follow a travelling musician, a young woman is abandoned by him and then finds herself pregnant.


Critical reception

The film has been received positively by modern critics. It holds a 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 5 reviews.[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ Bubbeo p.165
  2. ^ "Not Wanted (1949)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "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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