Too Soon to Love (1960)

85 mins | Melodrama | March 1960

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HISTORY

DV reported on 4 Feb 1960 that Universal-International had purchased Too Soon to Love , which had been produced a year earlier by James Logan's Dynasty Film Corp. for $50,000. According to a Feb 1960 HR news item, location shooting took place in Los Angeles, CA. The same item noted that the film was shot in wide-screen, but the exact ratio or process has not been determined. Although most sources stated that the film marked the debuts of Jennifer West and Richard Evans, West had appeared in the 1958 Twentieth Century-Fox production Mardi Gras (see above).
       Although the Feb 1960 DV article stated that Universal planned to release the film with an extensive promotional campaign, and modern sources list the release date as Mar 1960, a Jul 1960 Var article noted that "the film played New York earlier this year... with absolutely no press build." This may have been dueto the picture's controversial story line, which prompted the National Audience Board, a nonprofit organization of civic and professional groups, to evaluate whether or not they should endorse the film. The NAB was formed in 1954 to review television programming, and Too Soon to Love marked the first film it assessed. The disposition of their evaluation has not been ... More Less

DV reported on 4 Feb 1960 that Universal-International had purchased Too Soon to Love , which had been produced a year earlier by James Logan's Dynasty Film Corp. for $50,000. According to a Feb 1960 HR news item, location shooting took place in Los Angeles, CA. The same item noted that the film was shot in wide-screen, but the exact ratio or process has not been determined. Although most sources stated that the film marked the debuts of Jennifer West and Richard Evans, West had appeared in the 1958 Twentieth Century-Fox production Mardi Gras (see above).
       Although the Feb 1960 DV article stated that Universal planned to release the film with an extensive promotional campaign, and modern sources list the release date as Mar 1960, a Jul 1960 Var article noted that "the film played New York earlier this year... with absolutely no press build." This may have been dueto the picture's controversial story line, which prompted the National Audience Board, a nonprofit organization of civic and professional groups, to evaluate whether or not they should endorse the film. The NAB was formed in 1954 to review television programming, and Too Soon to Love marked the first film it assessed. The disposition of their evaluation has not been determined. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Feb 1960.
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Daily Variety
4 Feb 1960.
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Daily Variety
16 Feb 60
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Feb 60
p. 45.
Filmfacts
1960
p. 33.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 1960
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 60
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1960.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 1960
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Feb 60
p. 596.
The Exhibitor
17 Feb 1960.
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Variety
17 Feb 60
p. 6.
Variety
20 Jul 1960.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1960
Production Date:
spring 1959
Copyright Claimant:
Dynasty Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 December 1959
Copyright Number:
LP18684
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19496
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At an amusement park in Los Angeles, teenagers Cathy Taylor and Jim Mills are stopped by the police after commandeering a tram and driving it through the park. At home, Cathy's furious father throws out Jim and forbids her to see the boy again. Over the next weeks, however, the pair continue to meet in secret, and are eventually arrested for parking on a lover's lane. Mr. Taylor picks up Cathy from the police station, and although Jim tries to apologize, Mr. Taylor excoriates him. Despite her father’s ire, Cathy's strong affections spur her to continue to meet Jim behind Mr. Taylor’s back. Soon, Cathy becomes pregnant. Unsure of what to do and unable to talk to their parents, they decide that Cathy should have an abortion, and Jim sells his car to fund the operation. The sordid nature of the low-cost abortionist, however, causes them to flee. When they discover that a more qualified doctor charges hundreds more, Jim attempts to steal the sum from his employer, but is caught. After Jim tells Cathy about the robbery, she becomes hysterical and drives off to the beach. There, Jim arrives in time to save her from a suicide attempt. After declaring their love, Cathy and Jim decide to confess Jim's crime and then, once he has paid his penance, to ... +


At an amusement park in Los Angeles, teenagers Cathy Taylor and Jim Mills are stopped by the police after commandeering a tram and driving it through the park. At home, Cathy's furious father throws out Jim and forbids her to see the boy again. Over the next weeks, however, the pair continue to meet in secret, and are eventually arrested for parking on a lover's lane. Mr. Taylor picks up Cathy from the police station, and although Jim tries to apologize, Mr. Taylor excoriates him. Despite her father’s ire, Cathy's strong affections spur her to continue to meet Jim behind Mr. Taylor’s back. Soon, Cathy becomes pregnant. Unsure of what to do and unable to talk to their parents, they decide that Cathy should have an abortion, and Jim sells his car to fund the operation. The sordid nature of the low-cost abortionist, however, causes them to flee. When they discover that a more qualified doctor charges hundreds more, Jim attempts to steal the sum from his employer, but is caught. After Jim tells Cathy about the robbery, she becomes hysterical and drives off to the beach. There, Jim arrives in time to save her from a suicide attempt. After declaring their love, Cathy and Jim decide to confess Jim's crime and then, once he has paid his penance, to marry. +

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