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Tommy (Harold Lloyd jr) is a 17-year old racedriver who works part time at Miltie's
(George Cisar) garage to make a living. Since his driving is quite good though,
he soon gets offered a crooked job by crooked businessman Grimes - but of
course declines. Later, on w whim, he crosses the stateline to secretly marry
his long-term lover Helen (Jana Lund), though.
First the 2 youngsters want to keep it a secret from their parents, but they
find out anyway and want to force the justice of peace (David Bond) to annul
the marriage, but they only get quite a speech from the man to look after their
children instead. So it is decided Helen and Tommy will live at Tommy's
working-class parents (Lincoln Demyan, Nita Loveless), but that ends in a
scandal when the kids get mixed up in a barroom brawl. So now Helen's
countryclub parents (Brian O'Hara, Trudy Marshall) take care of the kids, but
Tommy finds it hard to accept their strict rules of conduct, and the 2 decide
to move into a little house of their own - even if that means Tommy has to
shelve his plans to study to be a doctor and instead has to work fulltime at
the garage ... and the nightshifts, too.
But still, money is never enough, with Tommy and Helen soon behind with
the rent and payments for their furniture, and domestic problems arise as a
result. Of course, when under such circumstances Grimes reenters the scene and offers Tommy big bucks for delivering a stolen car, Tommy gladly accepts
But even on his first ride - where he's even joined by Helen thanks to a
series of unfortunate circumstances - the police spots the stolen car and gives a wild chase, that ends with Tommy
and Helen's car going over a cliff
Miraculously the 2 youngsters survive, and, put to court, receive mercy
from a compassionate judge (Richard Davies) who sees the actual fault in their
parents, whom he gives a scolding before releasing the young couple into their
Despite the involvement of Ed Wood - he was brought in as a script doctor and
(allegedly) wrote about the last quarter of the movie - don't expect
incredibly inane dialogue here or angora sweaters aplenty.
Still, iÍ want to judge this movie on its merits, not on what it doesn't
have (and never claimed to have in the first place):
This is one of the many teen-melodramas produced mainly in the 50's and early 60's full of juvenile delinquency, teen marriages, dragster-racings
and people saying 'Daddy-O' and similar hep-talk, all filled up with conservative
morals and rather ridiculous plottwists ... in other words, great nostalgic